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ASU women's golf takes eighth national championship, the most in NCAA history

National championship for ASU women's golf marks return to glory for program.
May 25, 2017

Monica Vaughn takes individual title in return to glory for Sun Devils

The ASU women’s golf team returned to Tempe on Thursday to celebrate its historic national championship victory over Northwestern in northern Illinois behind the play of NCAA individual champion Monica Vaughn.

With the title, the Sun Devils claim their eighth NCAA team championship, the most among Division I women’s golf programs.

It’s a return to glory for a program that took six titles in nine years from 1990 to 1998, including a dynastic five in six seasons from ’93 to’98. ASU’s most recent team championship came in 2009.

ASU defeated top-seeded Northwestern on Wednesday in the Wildcats’ backyard.

The Rich Harvest Farms golf course in Sugar Grove, where the championship was decided, is only about 90 miles from the NU campus. Strong play from Vaughn, who took the individual title a day earlier, and a clutch performance by Linnea Strom helped secure the victory. 

“This was a grueling championship to win, and it’s taken a lot of time, blood, sweat and tears, and a lot of laughter and fun,” coach Missy Farr-Kaye said at a celebration at the Sun Angel Clubhouse at the ASU Karsten Golf Course. 

She added several of her players are also academic all-Americans.

Clutching the NCAA trophy, Farr-Kaye said her golfers showed a lot of poise and grace in front of national television cameras, a new competition format, unseasonably cold weather, early mornings, long days and thousands of cheering Northwestern fans.

Nearly 100 people showed up for the impromptu celebration, including ASU President Michael Crow and former women’s golf coach Linda Vollstedt, whom Farr-Kaye recognized.

“To walk in the steps of Linda Vollstedt is not always easy. Those are big shoes to fill,” Farr-Kaye said in reference to the legendary Sun Devil coach who led her teams to six national golf championships over a 21-year career.

Farr-Kaye, who was hired in 2015, has been a part of ASU NCAA title teams in three settings: as a senior player in 1990; an assistant coach in 2009 and now as head coach.

Crow said he was proud of the team.

“You guys were making shots that were physically impossible,” Crow said. “Tremendous athleticism. Tremendous poise. Everything you did represented the university well.”

Farr-Kaye handed over the trophy to Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director Ray Anderson, who will add it to the trophy case in the Ed and Nadine Carson Student-Athlete Center next to Sun Devil Stadium.

Before handing over the heavy prize, she had a caveat for Anderson — to be recognized on field during a fall football game.

“Consider it done,” Anderson said. “How could I possibly say no to a national champion?”

Top photo: Coach Missy Farr-Kaye (right) addresses family, friends and the media as the ASU Women's golf team celebrated their winning the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Sun Angel Clubhouse at the ASU Karsten Golf Course. The team defeated Northwestern, the No. 1 seed for the team's eighth national championship. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

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ASU heads to Fleet Week in NYC for Memorial Day weekend

Graduate to showcase photo documentary while Pat Tillman Veterans Center promotes ASU

May 26, 2017

Arizona State University heads to Fleet Week in New York City on Saturday to promote veteran programs and showcase the captivating photographs of the Veteran Vision Project by ASU graduate Devin Mitchell.

Mitchell’s work will be displayed over the weekend on monitors inside the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and outside along Pier 86 next to the ship in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan. Sailors and Marines man the rails of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) as it passes the Statue of Liberty during the 29th annual Fleet Week New York's Parade of Ships. Fleet Week New York is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness the latest capabilities of today's military. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Travis Simmons/Released) Download Full Image

A spring 2017 graduate with a bachelor of science in sociology, Mitchell will share space with the Pat Tillman Veterans Center during the 29th year event that will celebrate the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard. 

“As a top school for veterans in the U.S., this is an outstanding opportunity for us to fly the ASU flag in the heart of our nation’s most prominent city during Fleet Week 2017,” said Nancy Dallett, assistant director of ASU’s Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. “Devin’s work is a great example of how the institution’s commitment to veterans, including the opportunity for helping them tell their stories, extends beyond just the veterans center.”

The Veteran Vision Project is a photo documentary, featuring real military service members and their lives, as captured by Mitchell. The project started in August 2014 as Mitchell traveled the West Coast searching for veteran stories to illustrate through the art of pictures.  

Mitchell’s work with the Veteran Vision Project has been featured on CBS News, GQ Magazine, the Washington Post and many other national and local media outlets.

Fleet Week will also provide ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center the opportunity to engage directly with the large number of visitors expected during the week-long celebration and share the inspiring message about the accomplishments of student veterans.

“Military experience combined with a college education makes veterans extremely valuable to employers and to our communities, and at the Pat Tillman Veterans Center we dedicate our energy to help student veterans succeed,” said Steven Borden, director of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center at ASU. “I cannot think of a better place than New York City during Fleet Week to spread the word about the success our veterans are having in higher education and to celebrate our men and women of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.”

Fleet Week New York started Wednesday and runs until Tuesday. It is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services, which has been held just about every year since 1984. Organizers expect up to 15,000 spectators daily visiting the various venues that will have nearly 5,000 military members participating in the public visits to the ships, staffing exhibits, concerts and military demonstrations.

Jerry Gonzalez

Media Relations Officer, Media Relations and Strategic Communications