Arizona State wins 8th NCAA women's golf title

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The Sun Devils defeated the Wildcats 3 1/2 - 1/12 in Wednesday's NCAA Women's Golf Championship final to claim their 8th NCAA title, more than any other program in NCAA women's golf history.

Stanford, which beat Baylor in 2015 to win its first NCAA women's golf title, advanced with a 3-2 victory over the Bears.

Vaughn won the NCAA individual title on Monday, and her performance in the rain-delayed semifinals was just as significant.

Arizona State won its eighth women's golf title, extending its NCAA record, and it's first since 2009. Strom then fired back-to-back birdies and held her ground until the 11th hole where Lau got her eagle.

Monica Vaughn, who won the NCAA individual title on Monday, kept her big week going by almost holing a wedge on the 18th hole and making birdie to send her match against Stanford freshman Albane Valenzuela to extra holes.

When they got back onto the course this morning, Vaughn won the par-5 18th hole when she almost holed her chip for eagle.

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The other semifinal match also went extra holes, and it was just as tense.

Senior Kacie Komoto of Northwestern faced off against junior Sophia Zeeb. Victoria Morgan (USC) and Jessica Porvasnik (Ohio State) easily won the opening two matches, while the bottom three matches all went the distance. Needing two putts from 7 feet, Strom holed it for her fourth birdie of the back nine.

"We hung with them for quite a while", Northwestern Coach Emily Fletcher said.

The Pac-12 Conference now stands at 499 total NCAA championships - one away from becoming the first conference ever to win 500. She drained it, eliciting roars from her teammates by the first green. "I'm so happy for them that they get to be national champions for the rest of their lives".

She started the week with an unlikely rally to win the individual title when Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest took triple bogey on the 17th hole of the final round. "But this was a year when we had a player turn pro and we were an underdog, but we still had a chance to win and I'm proud of this group".