Menne Outlasts Tough Field to Win Women’s Stroke Play Title at Grayhawk Golf Club – Talon

By Brianna Gianiorio

Ashley Menne took home the Women’s State Amateur Stroke Play Championship Wednesday, after rounds of 73-67-71 to finish at -5 on Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon Course.

“The first round, everything was kind of a blur. I was just so disappointed that I was like “I have to do better tomorrow; this is not like me at all,” said Menne, 18, after the win. “The second day, I kind of just got it all together and was more focused on what was in front of me rather than daydreaming. I went out and was a little more aggressive and made some good putts and went with the flow.”

Siripatsorn Patchana turned in a final-round 1-under 71 to finish second at 1-under. Defending Champion Mikayla Fitzpatrick recorded a final-round 1-over 73 to finish third, eight shots behind Menne. Full results can be found here.

Menne, an Arizona State freshman, carded her solo round over par in her opening round. Unhappy with that effort and determined to turn things around, the Arizona State Sun Devil bounced back with a second-round 67 to steal headlines over first round leader Mikayla Fitzpatrick.

“It was a bad start but then I got it back. I got three birdies after that,” said Menne, a Surprise, Ariz., native. “Nerves got to me but I handled it.”

The four-time JGAA Player of the Year entered the final round four shots ahead of Patchana and six shots ahead of Carly Strole, Mallorie Luitwieler and Fitzpatrick. A double-bogey on the second hole dropped her lead to one after the GCU Senior Patchana recorded a birdie. But Menne recorded three birdies on the front nine to go out at 2-under 35, four shots ahead of Patchana.

The 18-year-old junior golf prodigy has an impressive golf resume. She has compiled nearly 50 titles over the past four years as a junior golfer. She is a three-time State Champion,, three-time Arizona High School Girls Golfer of the Year and three-time AJGA All-American. Next week, Menne enters her freshman season with the eight-time NCAA Champions Arizona State.

“I’m just looking forward to practicing with the team and competing as a team,” said Menne. “I definitely feel like I am going to get better by playing with better players. The facilities are great and I love the coaches.”