LAKE ELMO, MINN. — Talk about getting off to a hot start.
Arizona State teed off their 2019-20 women’s golf season at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M at Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minnesota on Monday, and nobody played better than Alessandra Fanali.
Starting on the back nine, the Sun Devil sophomore made the turn in her first event of the year at an incredible 7-under 26 thanks to five birdies and an ace on the par-3 16th hole.
“Alessandra played beautifully on the front side with an ace on the 16th hole with a five iron,” ASU coach Missy Farr-Kaye said following the round.
This year’s ANNIKA Intercollegiate boasts an impressive field of six of Golfweek’s top ten preseason teams, including last year’s national champion Duke, runner-up Wake Forest and No. 10 Arizona State.
The shot was captured on video and provided by Swing King, the first fully automated hole-in-one contest that operates during each and every round. The company creates new revenue opportunities for golf courses and provides golfers with added excitement, not to mention cash payouts for holes-in-one, along with an HD video of their ace.
The Swing King system is currently being used at more than 300 golf courses nationwide. $830,000 in prizes have awarded since Jan. 1, 2017 via 208 holes-in-one in that time period.