Arizona State rallies, faces Northwestern in NCAA final

Northwestern women's golf team wins semifinal round against USC 3-2. | Courtesy of Northwestern Athletics

Northwestern women's golf team wins semifinal round against USC 3-2. | Courtesy of Northwestern Athletics

Arizona State and Northwestern rallied from deficits to advance to the title match in the NCAA Women's Golf Championship.

Both players laid up. Vaughn, the individual champion jumped out to an early lead winning the first hole but Kim fought back and after 10 holes Kim was up by three. Mehaffey held a strong advantage over Sarah Cho throughout Monday's match, going 4-up through the first nine holes and cruising to a 4&3 win. The Pac-12 programs resumed a rain-delayed semi, and late-match heroics from Vaughn and Strom - the latter sinking a 7-foot putt on No. 18 to help the Sun Devils vex the Cardinal.

The Trojans led 4-1 when darkness halted play Tuesday night, forcing the teams to come back at 9 a.m. today to finish.

"It's a great way to go out my senior year", Vaughn said after closing with a 1-under 71 for a one-shot victory.

Kacie Komoto got one back for Northwestern with a 3 and 1 victory over Sophia Zeeb, but this wasn't enough to slow down the Sun Devils.

She won the 19th hole with a par when Valenzuela, who played in the Olympics last summer, chipped 10 feet by the hole and missed the par putt. Chou was well left of the green and made bogey. The senior did not disappoint, after dropping the first hole, Komoto never trailed again winning the matchup by three with two to go. Vaughn would not let her team down, roaring back to tie Kim on the 18th hole leading the competitions only tie. "I was 2 down through three holes to start and it just came to me like, 'You are playing the golf course, not this player, ' because pars out here are going to win every time".

Sophomore Janet Mao of Northwestern and Roberta Liti faced off in the penultimate matchup of the championship.

Combine it with the complicated guidelines of golf and its easy to see how two golfers competing in this year's Women's NCAA Golf Championship received freaky stroke penalties for going to the bathroom mid-round. Northwestern, with the benefit of a home crowd, is trying to become only the second Big Ten team to win a women's golf title.

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