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ASU Women’s Golf falls to Duke in quarterfinals of NCAA Championships

Finished fifth

2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Ashley Menne has a lot to look forward to in her Arizona State women’s golf career. Menne was the lone bright spot for the Sun Devils as they fell to Duke 3-1-1 in the quarterfinals at the NCAA Championships.

Menne earned the lone point with a 2&1 victory. Linn Grant earned a tie after closing the gap on the 18th hole. Duke had two 2&1 victories and a 7&5 to clinch a spot in the semifinals, where it was swept by Oklahoma State.

Menne, the freshman, finished fourth (-3) on the individual leaderboard before the team playoff. Arizona State was able to make the top-eight for the team playoff behind Menne and Linn Grant’s performances.

The future looks bright as both Menne and Grant are underclassmen. Alessandra Fanali and Amanda Linner, who also competed at the NCAA Championships, will return as well.

Despite the promising and youthful talent, the NCAA Championships defeat marked the end of the road for fifth-year senior Olivia Mehaffey.

“Few have had a bigger impact on our program than Olivia Mehaffey. The type of Sun Devil she has been on the golf course and off the golf course. I made her cry and I made myself cry, but she really is a phenomenal person and phenomenal talent,” said Sun Devil head coach Missy Farr-Kaye. “The ride with her for five years has been amazing and I am very heartbroken that it has come to an end. I told her we are her home in the United States and her family, who will always be there for her, and she knows that. We are excited to wish her well and watch her thrive in the next step in her pro career.”