DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Arizona State golf alum and 2012 Pac-12 Golfer of the Year Giulia Molinaro qualified for her LPGA Tour Card after finishing in second place on the Symetra Tour and was awarded the Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year award for her accomplishments in her first season as a professional golfer.
Heading into the final two events on the Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour, the Sun Devil grad was tied for 11th place in total season earnings. In a push of determination, Molinaro finished third at the Volvik Championship and tied for fourth at the Symetra Tour Championship to vault the Italian national into second place on the money list.
With her dominant performances in the final two events and a tournament victory at the Friends of Mission Charity Classic in May, Molinaro was named the 2013 Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year recipient as the highest finalist on the money list out of all first-year professionals. Molinaro is the first Arizona State golfer to receive the Gaelle Truet award, named for the late Sun Devil golfer who lost her life in an automobile accident during the 2006 season.
Molinaro capped off her career at Arizona State with one of the most impressive golf game transformations between her junior and senior season. Knocking almost three strokes off her scoring average, Molinaro finished the 2011-12 season with a 72.33 stroke average, which ranked her third nationally by Golfstat and was the second-best overall scoring average in the NCAA. Molinaro was also named Pac-12 Golfer of the Year (only the fourth in ASU history) after earning first-team All-Conference honors, first-team All-American honors, and recording eight top-10 finishes on the season including second at Pac-12 Championships and eighth at NCAA Championships.