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"Standing Tall" - Golf Digest (Oct. 19, 2009)
Former Sun Devil standout Missy Farr-Kaye is in her 13th year as a coach for the Sun Devil women's golf team. She was hired as part of Melissa Luellen's staff in 2002, and in 2006 Farr-Kaye was promoted to the title of Associate Head Coach.
Farr-Kaye is instrumental in running the Thunderbird Pro-Am, ASU's largest fundraiser, and the PING/ASU Invitational, which is one of the most prestigious collegiate tournaments in the country. Farr-Kaye, a two-time survivor, is also an advocate for breast cancer awareness nationally and dedicates her time to help educate and keep the memory of her late sister Heather Farr alive.
Farr-Kaye has returned to her alma mater, where she was a model of consistency on the Sun Devil women's golf team from 1985-90. She won the 1986 Trojan-Desert Bruin Classic in her collegiate debut. A second-team All-Pac-10 selection and two-time Phoenix City champion, she finished in the top 10 in five events in 1989-90 and capped off her collegiate career by helping Arizona State win the 1990 NCAA Championship, the first of the team's six NCAA titles in the 1990s.
"It's just a thrill to be here as an assistant coach. This university, this athletic department, and especially this golf program are very special to me and always have been," said Farr-Kaye, whose sister was a Sun Devil All-American and LPGA star. "To have an opportunity to come in and work with Melissa Luellen is an exciting opportunity to me."
Following her graduation from ASU in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in organizational communication, Farr-Kaye played professional golf. She then served as the club professional at the Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale from 1991-93.
"When I thought about all of the things that I was looking for in an assistant coach, Missy covered the bases on all of them. She's a homerun," Luellen said. "She is a great player and she's a positive person to be around with great inspiration. Missy's organizational skills will help me a lot, and she's a good friend."
Farr-Kaye regained her amateur status in 1996 and has spent the last six years playing in amateur events. She has won the Arizona State Amateur Championship twice and captured the 2002 Arizona Women's Open. She also finished as the runner-up at the 2001 U.S. Public Links Championships.
"Melissa and I have known each other for over 20 years, and I think we will complement each other very well," Farr-Kaye said. "We have both won national championships and we both have similar standards and goals. We both know that this program can be the best in the country, and that's where we want to take it together. Coach Linda Vollstedt laid a tremendous foundation and tradition for us to continue to build upon."
A 1985 graduate of Xavier High School in Phoenix, Farr-Kaye resides in Arcadia with her three children, Dalton, Riley, and Cameron.