Women's Golf to Wrap Up Fall Season At Stanford Invitational Friday-Sunday
Oct. 18, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State women's golf team wraps up its fall season this week at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational, being held Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21 at the par 72, 6,154-yard Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif. Tee times begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday and Saturday from tees No. 1 and 10, while Sunday's final round will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
LINEUP: ASU's lineup will include sophomore Jimin Kang (Edmonds, Wash.), junior Blair O'Neal (Tempe, Ariz.), junior Gaï¿½lle Truet (New Caledonia), freshman Erin Tone (Gilbert, Ariz.) and freshman Josefin Gustafsson (Falkoping, Sweden).
IN THE LATEST POLL: Arizona State ranks 10th in the Oct. 14 Golf Week poll, the highest ranking for a Pac-10 team. ASU's top returner, sophomore Jimin Kang, is ranked eighth individually, while junior Blair O'Neal is ranked 27th after turning in top 10 finishes in her last two events.
THE FIELD: The Stanford/Pepsi Invitational features 17 teams including the 10th-ranked Sun Devils, No. 3 Tulsa, No. 6 Vanderbilt, No. 7 New Mexico, No. 15 Pepperdine, No. 18 New Mexico State, No. 19 USC, No. 26 Washington, No. 27 Stanford, No. 29 UCLA, No. 37 Oregon State, No. 38 Texas Tech and No. 48 Texas A&M. California, Oregon, Washington State and San Jose State complete the field at this year's tournament.
2001-02 ASU STROKE AVERAGES:
Name App Top 10 Rounds Strokes Avg. LowJosefin Gustafsson 2 0 5 381 76.20 73Jimin Kang 2 1 5 357 71.40 67Lisa Meredith 2 0 4 303 75.75 72Blair O'Neal 2 2 5 364 72.80 69Erin Tone 1 0 3 224 74.67 73Gaï¿½lle Truet 2 0 5 381 76.20 71
LAST TIME OUT: Sophomore Jimin Kang shot a five-under 67 in the final round to garner her first career tournament victory at the Price's 'Give 'em Five' New Mexico State Intercollegiate, held Oct. 8-10 at the par 72, 6,119-yard University Golf Course in Las Cruces, N.M. Kang finished at 11-under 205 (67-74-67) to win individual medalist honors and best second-place finisher Lisa Meldrum of Oklahoma by eight strokes. She became the first Sun Devil to win a tournament since Miriam Nagl captured medalist honors at the 2000 NCAA West Regional.
As a team, the seventh-ranked Sun Devils finished in a tie for first with Baylor with a six-over par total of 870 for the three rounds but fell to the Bears in a one-hole tiebreaker. Three other Sun Devils finished in the top 20. Junior Blair O'Neal turned in her second top-10 showing of the season, shooting a career-best 69 on the final day to finish in a tie for sixth at two-over par 218 (76-73-69). Freshman Erin Tone, who played in the tournament as an individual, tied for 15th at eight-over 224 (74-77-73), while fellow freshman Josefin Gustafsson finished in a tie for 18th at 225 (73-75-77). Junior Gaï¿½lle Truet tied for 33rd at 13-over 229 (71-80-78).
BACK IN THE SPRING: ASU wraps up fall competition this week at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational and will not return to action until Feb. 11-13 when the team travels to Palos Verdes, Calif., for the TRW Regional Challenge.
WHO'S BACK, WHO'S NEW: Arizona State returns four players from last year's NCAA Championships squad in junior Melanie Hunt, sophomore Jimin Kang, senior Lisa Meredith and junior Blair O'Neal. A trio of newcomers also joins the squad including junior Gaï¿½lle Truet, who transferred to ASU from Northern Arizona and is originally from New Caledonia (an island in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia). Freshman Josefin Gustafson comes to Tempe from Falkoping, Sweden, and local product Erin Tone joins the squad from Gilbert (Ariz.) High School.
MICKEY YOKOI: Head coach Mickey Yokoi (pronounced YO-koy) enters his first season as at the helm of the Sun Devil women's program after spending the last five years as an assistant coach for the men's team. Yokoi replaces five-time National Coach of the Year Linda Vollstedt who retired in June after leading the Sun Devils to six NCAA championships in her 21-year career.During Yokoi's five years as a Sun Devil assistant, ASU won four Pac-10 Conference titles and produced 2000 U.S. Amateur Champion Jeff Quinney and 2001 U.S. Pub Links Champion Chez Reavie. Prior to ASU, Yokoi oversaw all golf operations as head golf professional at the Country Club of the North in Dayton, Ohio, from 1994-95 and assisted the head professional from 1993-94. Yokoi played collegiate golf at UCLA from 1977-82 before beginning a professional career. At UCLA, he earned All-America and All-Pac-10 honors, playing on the Bruins' 1982 Pac-10 Championship team which included Corey Pavin and Steve Pate. After leaving UCLA, Yokoi went on to play on the Asian Tour, the Canadian and Australian PGA Tours and the PGA Hogan Tour. He has been a member of the PGA Tour since 1994. After ending his professional career, Yokoi went back to UCLA to complete his studies and earned his degree in psychology in 1997.
LAST YEAR: ASU concluded the 2001-02 season with an 18th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. ASU's trip to the national tournament marked its 10th straight NCAA appearance, the third-longest active streak in the country. True freshman Jimin Kang led the team, earning honorable-mention All-America honors from the National Golf Coaches Association, second-team All-Pac-10 accolades and first-team All-NCAA West Region laurels. In addition to Kang, two other Sun Devils were named to the All-Pac-10 team with graduating senior Molly Cooper and junior Lisa Meredith earning honorable-mention accolades.