Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University issued the following announcement on Sept. 2
More preseason accolades continue to pour in for a pair of Sun Devils, who earned a spot on the ANNIKA Award Watch List, as announced on golfchannel.com last week.
Senior Olivia Mehaffey and freshman Linn Grant were awarded two of 25 spots on the Golf Channel's Preseason Contenders list for the ANNIKA Award. The ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel is awarded annually to the most outstanding women's college golfer, as voted on by players, coaches and media.
Ranked in order of the most likely candidates to win the award this season, Mehaffey landed at No. 10 on the list, with Grant sitting right behind her at 11. A season ago, Mehaffey played outstanding down the stretch on her way to being named one of ten finalists for the 2018-19 award. The highly-touted Grant is the highest-ranked freshman on the list.
Arizona State is one of only three schools to have two golfers in the Top-11, joined by fellow Pac-12 teams USC and Stanford. The Sun Devils and Wake Forest were the only two schools to have two individuals selected to the watch list. Texas, Duke, USC and Stanford all had three or more golfers in the Top 25 contenders.
This is the second honor that both Mehaffey and Grant have received in the preseason. Golfweek tabbed Mehaffey as a First Team All-American and Grant as a Second Team honoree and Top 10 Freshman to Watch last week. The duo prepares to lead a team that was recently ranked in the preseason Top-10 by Golfweek and Golf Channel. Arizona State's season kicks-off September 16-18, when they compete in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.
For the latest updates, information, and results for Sun Devil Women's Golf throughout the season, be sure to follow our social media accounts (@SunDevilWLax) or visit our website TheSunDevils.com.
A reminder that Arizona State University and Grayhawk Golf Club will host the 2020-2022 NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Golf Championships on Golf Channel in Scottsdale, Ariz. It becomes the first time a university and golf course will host the championships for three consecutive seasons. The 2020 women's championship will be contested on Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor course from May 22-27 with the final three days broadcasted live on Golf Channel.
Preseason Top 25 Contenders:
Frida Kinhult, Soph., Florida State
Andrea Lee, Sr., Stanford
Albane Valenzuela, Sr., Stanford
Emilia Migliaccio, Jr., Wake Forest
Jennifer Chang, Jr., USC
Sierra Brooks, Sr., Florida
Kaitlyn Papp, Jr., Texas
Gabriela Ruffels, Jr., USC
Jaravee Boonchant, Jr., Duke
Olivia Mehaffey, Sr., Arizona State
Linn Grant, Fr., Arizona State
Gina Kim, Soph., Duke
Emma Spitz, Fr., UCLA
Hailee Cooper, Soph., Texas
Malia Nam, Soph., USC
Agathe Laisne, Soph., Texas
Angelina Ye, Fr., Stanford
Yusang Hou, Jr., Arizona
Erica Shepherd, Fr., Duke
Pimnipa Panthong, Sr., Kent State
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, Fr., South Carolina
Sofia Garcia, Jr., Texas Tech
Siyun Liu, Jr., Wake Forest
Caterina Don, Fr., Georgia
Kaleigh Telfer, Jr., Auburn
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Source: Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University