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Arizona State wins 8th NCAA women's golf title

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Monica Vaughn and Janet Mao NCAA Golf

Earlier this week, Monica Vaughn took home the NCAA individual championship title. But Strom countered, winning the next three holes and clinching a 5&3 win - and the Sun Devils' title - on 15.

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.

Vaughn and her Arizona State University teammates advanced to the championship match in the team competition this morning with a stirring comeback against Stanford in the semifinals. Strom rolled in a 7-foot par putt on the 18th to extend the match, and she won in 19 holes, with Madeline Chou of Stanford three-putted from 40 feet away on the fringe.

When they got back onto the course this morning, Vaughn won the par-5 18th hole when she almost holed her chip for eagle. Lau made a long putt for eagle on the 11th hole, cutting Strom's lead to one.

Stanford already had won two matches. 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.

Northwestern will play for a national championship in women's golf Wednesday afternoon at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, 60 miles from campus.

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After blasting out from a bunker on the first extra hole, Mao faced a 10-footer for par.

Northwestern was making only its sixth appearance in the NCAA Women's Golf Championship, and it was trying to join Purdue as the only Big Ten school to win.

They will take on Arizona State for the title beginning at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday.

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

As Tuesday's drama unfolded, Vaughn also added one more honor to her college resume when she was named a first-team All-American. "We're going to try to build off it". Then, she was the spark plug for the Sun Devils in the match play. "We wanted to win the national championship, and today we did".

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