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Former PNGA Player of the Year Monica Vaughn Wins NCAA Title

Monica Vaughn, a senior at Arizona State, won the individual national title at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships in Sugar Grove, Illinois, on Monday, May 22. Vaughn shot 74-72-7 to finish one stroke ahead of Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest and Leona Maguire of Duke, the top-ranked amateur in women’s golf.

Vaughn, from Reedsport, Ore., was four shots back with four holes to play when she made back-to-back birdies, while Kupcho hit a 9-iron into the water on 17 and three-putted for triple bogey.

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She also won medalist honors at the NCAA Regional last week while leading ASU to the team victory in Lubbock, Texas, giving the senior two wins and two second-place finishes in her last five events. She will be competing in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship on May 27-31.

Vaughn played for Team USA in the 2016 Curtis Cup. She was the 2010 PNGA Junior Girls’ Player of the Year, a year in which she won the PNGA Junior Girls’ Amateur, Oregon Women’s Amateur, Oregon Junior Girls’ Amateur and the Oregon Women’s Public Links. She still owns the course record at four different golf courses in Oregon, all shot while still in high school, where she twice won the Oregon State High School Championship (2011, 2013).