Aimee Neff is in her first season as an assistant coach at Michigan State.
A native of Carmel, Ind., Neff is one of only three Spartans to earn All-Big Ten honors four times, including first-team accolades as a senior in 2011 as she helped Michigan State to its ninth Big Ten Championship. She ranks fifth all-time in Spartan history with a 76.10 scoring average.
Neff, who was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2008, 2009 and 2010, recorded 13 top-10 finishes in her career and her round of 68 in the 2009 Lady Northern Invitational is tied for the second-lowest single-round in school history. She was awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor as a senior in 2011.
Neff was a two-time winner of both the Illinois Women's Open (2008, 2009) and Indiana Women's Open (2009, 2010) and claimed the Indiana Women's Golf Association Match Play Championship in 2008. She also competed in the 2005 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, two U.S. Women's Amateur Championships (2009, 2010) and five U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championships.
Neff's success wasn't limited to the golf course, as she graduated with a 3.66 GPA in communication in May 2011. She was named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-Scholar Team and Academic All-Big Ten Team in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Neff played three years (2011-13) as a professional on the Symetra Tour. In 2012, Neff played in the U.S. Women's Open at Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wis.
Neff's Playing Career At A Glance
Left Michigan State not only as one of the most accomplished players in school history, but also as a champion ... Helped lead the Spartans to their ninth Big Ten title in 2011, which was a fitting end to an impressive career ... One of only three players at MSU to earn All-Big Ten honors four times ... Was a first-team all-conference selection in 2011 for the first time in her career after earning second-team honors in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... Finished her career ranking fourth in the school record books with a 76.10 scoring average, and recorded 13 Top-10 finishes ... Her round of 68 in the 2009 Lady Northern Invitational is tied for the best single-round in Spartan history ... Her success wasn't limited to the golf course, however, as she graduated with a 3.66 GPA in Communication ... Was named to the NGCA All-Scholar Team and Academic All-Big Ten Team in 2009, 2010 and 2011 ... Qualified for the LPGA Futures Tour in November 2010 ... Became the third women's golfer at MSU to earn the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor (Lisa Marino, 1987; Lisa Speaker, 1982).
2010-11 - Senior
First-Team All-Big Ten selection after ranking second on the team with a 75.44 scoring average ... Finished No. 87 in the Golfweek/Sagarin player rankings ... Posted five top-20 finishes ... Placed sixth at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 223 (73-76-74) ... Finished a season-best fourth at the Lady Buckeye Invitational with a 230 (76-76-78) to help MSU win the team title ... Tied for 19th at the Big Ten Championships with a 303 (79-71-78-75) as the Spartans claimed their ninth Big Ten title in school history.
Won the Indiana Open for the second year in a row at Wood Wind Golf Club after posting a two-round score of 145 (+3) ... Qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and advanced to the round of 32 in match play ... Participated in the inaugural Hooters Collegiate Team Championship, along with teammate Lindsey Solberg ... Advanced to match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur and won her first-round match before falling in the second round.
2009-10 - Junior
Named a second-team All-Big Ten selection for the third straight year ... Second on the team with a 75.32 scoring average, which ranks ninth best in an MSU season ... Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second year in a row ... Competed in all 11 tournaments as a starter ... Posted seven top-20 finishes, including four in the top 10 ... Opened the season by tying for 10th at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 220 (75-73-72) ... Tied for seventh at the Lady Northern Invitational and shot a 68 in the second round to tie an MSU single-round record; finished the tournament at 220 (77-68-75) ... Placed 11th in the Tar Heel Invitational with a 218 (73-69-76) as the Spartans won the team title ... Shot a 233 (78-79-76) to place 63rd in the NCAA Preview ... Took 28th in the Regional Challenge ... Compiled a top-10 finish at the Central District Invitational by tying for ninth ... Shot a 235 (77-81-77) at the Liz Murphy Collegiate ... Season-best fifth-place showing at the Gator Invitational with a career-low 216 (72-73-71) as MSU claimed the team title ... Placed 17th at the Lady Buckeye Invitational ... Tied for 11th at the Big Ten Championships by shooting a 299 (75-77-75-72) ... Was MSU's top finisher at the NCAA Central Regional with a 233 (75-79-79), tying for 22nd.
Had an excellent summer season, winning both the Indiana and Illinois Opens ... Claimed the Indiana Open in Franklin, Ind., after shooting an even-par 72 in the tournament's second and final round ... Finished with a 1-under 143 (71-72) to win the open by four strokes ... With her win at the Illinois Open, Neff became just the third player to win back-to-back titles at the event after claiming the tournament championship with a 7-under 209 (71-70-68) ... Qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links and advanced to the round of 32 in match play ... Also qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur in St. Louis and advanced to the round of 32 in match play after defeating Sally Watson of Scotland, 2 & 1, in the first round ... Led all current Spartans by placing third at the GAM Women's Championship.
2008-09 - Sophomore
Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive year ... Named to the NGCA All-America Scholar Team .... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner recipient for the second season in a row ... Competed in all 13 events and was third on the team with a 77.22 scoring average ... Had three top-10 finishes and five in the top 20 ... Tied a season-best score with a 223 (72-73-78) at the Mary Fossum Invitational, tying for eighth ... Carded a 227 (74-76-77) to tie for 28th at the Tar Heel Invitational ... Collected another top-10 finish with an eighth-place showing at the Lady Northern Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind., by shooting a 227 (75-75-77) ... Placed third in the dual against Ohio State at the Fort Myers Challenge with a 76 ... Led the team at the Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., carding a 232 (78-79-75) to tie for 16th ... Second on the team and tied for ninth overall at the Central District Invitational with a score of 223 (77-72-74) ... Finished in a tie for 36th at the Big Ten Championship in Purdue ... Produced a top-20 showing at the NCAA Central Regional in Columbus, Ohio, by shooting a 229 (74-74-81) ... Tied for 96th in her first appearance at the NCAA Championships.
Won the Illinois Women's Open by six strokes, scoring a eight-under par 208 (72-65-71) ... Set a course and Illinois Open record with a second round seven-under 65 ... Advanced to the round of 16 at the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, highlighted by an upset of three-time national collegiate player of the year Amanda Blumenherst of Duke ... Tied for fourth at the GAM Women's Championship.
2007-08 - Freshman
A second-team All-Big Ten selection ... Third Spartan freshman to be named to an All-Big Ten team, joining Kasey Gant in 1998 and Emily Bastel in 1999 ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner ... Recipient of the team's Best First-Year Player award ... One of four Spartans to compete in all 34 rounds ... Third on the team with a 76.35 scoring average; the best by a MSU freshman in program history ... Also third on the squad in birdies (63), sub-par rounds (4), percentage of rounds counted (77.4), and top-10 (4) and top-20 finishes (6) ... Her 18-hole low of 69 is tied for the fourth lowest score in Spartan history ... Began her collegiate career on a high note, firing a first round 69 en route to a tie for 12th at the Mary Fossum Invitational ... Posted her first career top-10 finish at the Lady Northern Invitational, placing seventh with a season-low 222 (70-76-76) ... Tied for 16th at the Landfall Tradition after a three-round total of 225 (75-74-76) ... Won both her matches at the Hooters Match Play Championship, beating Tennessee's Diana Cantu, 2&1 and Purdue's Maria Hernandez, the 2008 Big Ten champion, 4&3 ... Had her second top-10 finish of the season at the Central District Invitational, tying for ninth with a 225 (71-75-79) ... Her best finish of the season came at the "Mo"Morial, where she tied for second, behind teammate Sara Brown, with a 229 (74-76-69) ... Earned All-Championship Team honors after tying for seventh overall and second on the team at the Big Ten Championship with a four-round score of 300 (73-75-75-77) ... Tied for 80th at the NCAA West Regional.
Advanced to match play at U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links.
Participated in both the Future Collegians World Tour and American Junior Golf Association ... A Laura Diaz FCWT All-American in 2006 and 2007 and two-time FCWT Central Region Player of the Year ... Finished third in points on the FCWT Tour in 2006 and 26th in 2007 ... Won all three FCWT events she competed in 2007 and four in 2006 ... Won the AJGA Coca-Cola Classic and tied for first at the Buick Open.
Four-year letterwinner and two-year captain for Coach Kim Davis ... Recorded the lowest scoring average (69.9) in Indiana as a senior ... Earned All-County honors four times and was an All-State award winner as a junior and senior ... Earned the Chief's Award in 2005 and 2006 ... Helped team to a state championship in 2006 ... Also a member of the basketball team, earning two varsity letters and leading the team to the state championship in 2004 ... Also served as a team captain and set school record for 3-pointers in a game.
Born Feb. 21, 1989 ... Daughter of Brett and Betsy Neff ... Majoring in communication ... Volunteered at the North Willow Care Center working with the physically and mentally handicapped.
GETTING TO KNOW AIMEE NEFF
When did you first start playing golf?
I had my first set of plastic golf clubs when I was around 7 and real clubs when I was 10.
What course did you learn to play on?
Brookshire Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.
Victoria National in Evansville, Indiana.
Favorite golf memory?
Winning team state my senior year of high school.
Best thing about playing golf at MSU is...
The competition we get to play against at each tournament.
Changes frequently, but as for now, Sherlock Holmes.
Favorite TV show?
Whose Line Is it Anyway and WipeOut
Davis Love III
Favorite club and why?
All of them because they each serve their own purpose.
Favorite thing to do besides golf?
Unwind with a good chocolate dessert, hang out with good company, read, and listen to some uplifting music, then working out some.
What's on your iPod right now?
Matt Maher, "Hold Us Together"
Favorite article of clothing?
I first beat my dad in golf at the age of...
What's your major and why?
Communication. MSU has the top ranked communication program in the country.
In 10 years, I will be...
One year to travel around the world
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be...
If I could play any course in the world, it would be...
The Legends in South Africa