|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
|Alma Mater:||Arizona State '90|
"Standing Tall" - Golf Digest (Oct. 19, 2009)
Missy Farr-Kaye was named the 10th head coach of the seven-time NCAA Champion Arizona State women’s golf team on June 26th, 2015. Farr-Kaye, arguably one of the most respected coaches in the country, spent the past 13 seasons as an assistant coach and then associate head coach of the Sun Devil women’s golf program with Melissa Luellen. Under the partnership of Farr-Kaye and Luellen, ASU won the school’s seventh NCAA Title in 2009, golfer Azahara Munoz took home an individual NCAA title in 2008, and the duo coached 14 student-athletes to a total of 24 All-American teams, and saw three players win Pac-12 Golfer of the Year.
Over the past 13 season, the Sun Devils accomplished the following:
• NCAA Team Championship in 2009
• Two Pac-10 Titles
• NCAA Individual Champion in 2008 (Azahara Munoz)
• 24 Tournament Team Titles
• 14 Golfers named to a total of 25 All-American teams
• Three Pac-12 Golfers of the Year
• Three NGCA Freshmen of the Year
• 21 Individual Tournament Medalists
• 12-straight NCAA Postseason Appearances
“This is my dream job in every sense of the word,” said Farr-Kaye. “I grew up playing junior golf at Papago Golf Course. I graduated from Arizona State and won a NCAA Title under Linda Vollstedt. To become the head women’s golf coach of my alma mater is the pinnacle of my career and I have a personal, vested interest in the success of our program. Our goal is to continue to bring home the national title, year in, year out. Arizona State has championship expectations and I intend to deliver.”
Also committed to the academic success of ASU’s student-athletes, Farr-Kaye’s golfers have won the prestigious Edith Cummings Munson Award – the award for the top female golfer who is both an All-American and Academic All-American – with Azahara Munoz named the first two-time award winner in 2008-09. In addition to recording the top grade-point average of 3.65 within Sun Devil Athletics in 2015, women’s golf also leads the conference with four ASU golfers named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year – most recently awarded to Sun Devil All-American Noemi Jimenez in 2015.
During the 2008-09 season, Farr-Kaye, a two-time breast cancer survivor, battled a reoccurrence of breast cancer only to make it to the NCAA Championships and help ASU bring home its seventh NCAA Title. For her courage and strength, the Women’s Golf Coach Association awarded Farr-Kaye with the Kim Moore Spirit Award, the first and only coach to receive the honor typically reserved for student-athletes.
An accomplished golfer in her own right, Farr-Kaye was a member of the Sun Devil golf team under Hall of Fame head coach Linda Vollstedt and helped Arizona State bring home its first of seven NCAA Titles as a senior in 1990. Farr-Kaye graduated from Arizona State in 1990 with a degree in Organizational Communications.
Farr-Kaye, a Phoenix native, joined sister Heather Farr in the decision to attend school and play golf at Arizona State. Heather, a member of the Arizona Hall of Fame and the Sun Devil Hall of Fame, competed successfully as an LPGA golfer until she was diagnosed with and ultimately passed away from breast cancer at the age of 28. Farr-Kaye is an outspoken advocate for breast cancer awareness.
A 1985 graduate of Xavier High School in Phoenix, Farr-Kaye resides in Arcadia with her three children, Dalton, Riley, and Cameron.