Women's Golf Continues Fall Season at New Mexico State Next Week

Oct. 1, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Coming off a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Fall Preview, the Arizona State women's golf team continues the 2004-05 season at the 2004 Price's 'Give 'Em Five' Intercollegiate Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 4-5 in Las Cruces, N.M. The tournament will be held at the par 72, 6,169-yard New Mexico State University Golf Course.

The Price's 'Give 'Em Five' Intercollegiate is a three-round event played over two days. Teams will play the first two rounds (36 holes) on Monday and the final round (18 holes on Tuesday). Both days will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Mountain (7 a.m. Arizona).

The Sun Devils finished ninth at last year's Price's 'Give 'Em Five' Intercollegiate, led individually by Alissa Kuczka who tied for 11th.

THE LINEUP: ASU's lineup will feature freshman Louise Stahle (Lund, Sweden), junior Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.), sophomore Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.), freshman Brooke Todare (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) and Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.).

THE FIELD: The field for the 2004 Price's 'Give 'Em Five' Intercollegiate features Arizona State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Baylor, Denver, Hawaii, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, host New Mexico State, North Dakota State, North Texas, Northern Arizona, San Diego State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Tech, TCU, UTEP and Western New Mexico.

LAST TIME OUT: Arizona State opened the 2004-05 season with a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Mercedes Benz of Bend Fall Preview, held Sept. 20-22 in Sunriver, Ore. Freshman Louise Stahle missed winning the first tournament of her collegiate career by one stroke. She finished second with a six-under total of 207 (68-66-73).

The Sun Devils finished fourth with a three-day total of 868 (292-287-289) and were two strokes out of third and 10 behind tournament winner Duke (858). Junior Alissa Kuczka tied for 24th with a three-day total of 219 (73-72-74), while sophomore Tiffany Tavee turned in the best round of her young career on Wednesday, carding a four-under 67 to tie for 33rd (78-76-67=221). Sophomore Charmaine Erasmus finished in a tie for 62nd at 227 (75-73-79), while freshman Brooke Todare tied for 93rd with a final-round 75 (76-87-75=238).

IN THE RANKINGS: Arizona State began the 2004-05 season ranked in the top 15 in two preseason polls. The Sun Devils were picked 13th in the Golf World coaches poll and 14th in the Golfweek poll. Freshman Louis Stahle also received mention as a second-team preseason All-American in the Golfweek rankings.

MEET THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State returns seven letterwinners from last year's squad, including all five players from ASU's 10th-place NCAA squad. Returners include seniors Erin Tone (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nicole Deacon (Scottsdale, Ariz.); junior Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.); and sophomores Lindsay Anderson (El Paso, Texas), Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.), Danelle Perata (Vacaville, Calif.) and Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert. Ariz.). Kuczka and Tavee return after earning honorable-mention All-Pac-10 honors last season.

Joining the returners are three newcomers: freshmen Sara Lester (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Louise Stahle (Lund, Sweden) and Brooke Todare (Phoenix, Ariz.). Lester was an all-league selection out of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, Calif., while Stahle comes to ASU as the top-ranked junior player in Europe. She finished ninth in this summer's HP Open in Stockholm, Sweden. Todare was a three-time all-region and all-state selection at Xavier College Preparatory Academy in Phoenix.

HEAD COACH Melissa Luellen: Melissa Luellen is in her third year as the head coach of the Arizona State women's golf team. Last year, she guided the Sun Devils to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships and a total of seven top 10 showings, including a season-best tie for fourth at the Pac-10 Championships.

Luellen came to ASU after two seasons as the head coach at her alma mater, the University of Tulsa. A former All-American for the Golden Hurricane, she succeeded her mother, Dale McNamara, who retired in 2000 following a 26-year career that saw her Tulsa teams win four national championships. In her two seasons as Tulsa's head coach, Luellen led her team to seven tournament titles including back-to-back Western Athletic Conference and NCAA Central Regional championships. She also earned WAC Coach of the Year honors in each of her two seasons and was the 2002 Central Regional Coach of the Year.

UP NEXT: Following the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate, Arizona State will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Pepsi/Stanford Intercollegiate on Oct. 15-17 at the Stanford Golf Course.

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