Golfweek Ranks Both ASU Teams In Top-10

Sept. 25, 2001

The ASU men's golf team has been ranked No. 9 in Golfweek's preseason preview, while the women's golf team has been assigned to the No. 7 slot.

Anchoring the men's squad is sophomore Chez Reavie, who recently won the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The win has given Reavie a place at the 2002 Masters.

ASU has a contingent of strong players returning this year. Senior Brian Nosler, who had two top-10 showings in the 2000-01 season and was named a third-team preseason All-American, returns along with juniors Shane McMenamy (the 1996 U.S. Junior champion), Ben Flam, Kurt Mayr and Brady Stockton, who tied for second at the Ping/Arizona Intercollegiate last year. Also returning are sophomores Mike Derminio and Brett Johnson and senior Ryan Whitaker.

'We're going to have a lot of new faces trying to make the lineup,' said Coach Randy Lein. 'It may take a little while, but I think by the end we could be very competitive.'

Included in the incoming freshmen class is AJGA third-team All-American Jesse Mueller, who was won the 2001 Arizona Amateur Championship this past summer.

Golfweek singled out two members of the men's golf team by naming Reavie as tenth ranked player in the nation and calling Jesse Mueller a 'Freshmen to Watch' as he is ranked No. 47 in its rankings.

Arizona State University's women's golf team is ranked No. 7 in Golfweek's preseason polls. With four top-five finishes last year, the team ended the season ranked 18th in the NCAA. As Linda Vollstedt, the nation's winningest women's golf coach, has retired, Mickey Yokoi has been named successor and head coach of the 2001-02 Sun Devils. Yokoi was an assistant coach with the men's golf team.

Yokoi, who took over the program in late August, said he is not setting any high expectations.

'She is like the John Wooden of golf,' Yokoi said of Vollstedt. 'What she did, I don't think anyone will ever do that again.'

Returning this year are sophomore Jimin Kang, ranked 15th in preseason polls and named a preseason second team All-American, Melanie Hunt and Lisa Meredith.

Joining the team this season are recruits Erin Tone of Arizona, Josefin Gustafson of Sweden and Gaolle Truet of New Caledonia, who transferred from Northern Arizona University.

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