Kona, Hawai’i—Sophomore Monica Vaughn’s career-low 67 lifted the Arizona State women’s golf team to its first top-five finish of the season at the Pac-12 Preview on Tuesday. Tying for fifth place with third-ranked Southern California, the Sun Devils shot a 16-over 892 (304-300-288) at the par-73, 6,392-yard Nanea Golf Club in Kona, Hawai’i.
The only team under par through 54 holes, first-ranked Washington took home the team title with an 11-under 865. UCLA (No. 5), Stanford (No. 4), and in-state rival Arizona (No. 14) finished in second, third, and fourth places, respectively. The Bruins’ Alison Lee held on for the win on the individual side, edging out the Huskies’ SooBin Kim by a stroke.
“Our girls really battled till the end and won the day,” said ASU head coach Melissa Luellen. “Monica was a golf machine today! I have video of several putts that she drained. It’s like an ESPN highlight video.”
The final round of the Pac-12 Preview has proved to be Vaughn’s time to shine. Last season, she tied her then career-low 69 in the final round, securing a third place finish overall. After shooting a 6-over 152 through the first two rounds this time around, the sophomore scorched the final 18 holes with seven birdies and an eagle. Vaughn’s 6-under 67 on Tuesday propelled her from 26th place to seventh place, and her 15 birdies throughout the tournament tied her with UCLA’s Lee for most birdies carded.
Senior Noemi Jimenez and freshman Sophia Zeeb also finished in the top 25. Jimenez tied for 19th with a 5-over 224 (74-75-75), while Zeeb tied for 21st with a 6-over 225 (74-77-74).
“This was a great way to finish the fall season after a rocky start,” said Luellen. “Missy and I are extremely proud of this Sun Devil team.”
The Pac-12 Preview closes Arizona State women’s golf’s fall campaign. The Sun Devils return to action in February when they head to Palos Verdes, Calif., to compete in the Northrop Grumman Invitational.
ASU women fifth at Pac-12 Preview
By Lindsay Gaesser, SDA Media Relations