Linda Vollstedt To Be Inducted Into International Women's Sports Hall Of Fame

Oct. 15, 2003

NEW YORK - Former five-time National Golf Coach of the Year Linda Vollstedt will be inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame by the Women's Sports Foundation on Monday night.

Vollstedt and three other honorees will attend the induction ceremony at the Foundation's Annual Salute to Women in Sports Award Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Monday, Oct. 20, 2003.

'It is such an honor to be inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame,' Vollstedt said. 'I am so honored to be considered a part of such a special and elite group of female athletes and coaches that are in the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame and the Women's Sports Foundation. The Women's Sports Foundation has been instrumental in promoting and providing opportunities for girls and women in athletics, and I am very proud to be among their honorees.'

In her 21 years at the helm of the Arizona State women's golf program, the name 'Linda Vollstedt' became synonymous with excellence in the world of women's golf. She retired from Arizona State in June of 2001 after leading the Sun Devils to six NCAA championships in the 1990s including three straight national titles from 1993-95. Her teams also won nine conference championships, while she coached four individual national champions, 41 All-Americans and 11 U.S. Amateur and Publinks champions. Twenty-one of Vollstedt's former student-athletes have gone on to play at the elite level - the LPGA Tour. She ended her ASU coaching career as just one of 11 head coaches to mentor Sun Devil programs for more than 20 years.

Vollstedt has been recognized by her colleagues with numerous coaching honors. Most recently, she was honored by the National Golf Coaches Association with the 2003 Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award, an accolade given in recognition of outstanding services above and beyond the call of duty. In 2000, Vollstedt was named one of Golf World Magazine's Top 10 College Coaches of the 20th century. She was named Golfweek's 1997 National Collegiate Coach of the Year. She also swept the 1995 awards being named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year, West Regional Coach of the Year, Golfweek National Coach of the Year and National Golf Coaches Association Co-Coach of the Year. Vollstedt claimed consensus national coaching honors in 1993 and 1994 and was named the 1989 National and Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Vollstedt is already a member of the National Golf Coaches Hall of Fame, the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame and the Arizona State University Hall of Fame.

In 2000, Vollstedt was honored by the Standard Register PING LPGA Tournament Board of Governors with the Linda Vollstedt Award for Service and Leadership in Women's Sports. The award is given annually to a person or organization that shows courage, commitment, passion for women's opportunities in sports, volunteerism and a desire to help youngsters be successful. That same year, Vollstedt was also awarded the 2000 PGA Anser Award which annually honors an individual whose positive efforts have influenced the history of golf in Arizona.

Besides being an accomplished coach, Vollstedt has dedicated much of her time to numerous charitable organizations. She is the founding member of the Women's Sports Foundation Coaches Advisory Roundtable and a founding committee member of the LPGA Junior Girls Golf, LPGA Girl Scouts and the LPGA Inner-City Junior Golf programs.

The International Women's Sports Hall of Fame was created by the Women's Sports Foundation in 1980 to honor superior female athletes and coaches who are not only champions, but who have paved the way for generations of athletes. National governing bodies, sports historians, sports Hall of Fame members, and Foundation Advisory Board members and Trustees nominate potential inductees. Current members of the Hall of Fame vote for the Pioneer and Contemporary categories, while current coaches in the Hall of Fame as well as members of the Foundation's Coaches Advisory Roundtable vote for nominees in the Coach category. This year's honorees will join the 100 athletes and 16 coaches who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception.

Founded in 1974 by Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is a charitable educational organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to participation and leadership opportunities for all girls and women in sports and fitness. The Foundation is located in Nassau County, N.Y.

For more information, please call the Foundation at 800-227-3988 or visit www.WomensSportsFoundation.org or AOL Keyword: WSF.

For more information on the induction ceremony, contact Ellie Seifert at 516-542-4700.

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