Women's Golf Heads to Palo Alto for the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate

Oct. 12, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Coming off the team's first tournament win in four years, the Arizona State women's golf team heads to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate Friday-Sunday, Oct. 15-17. The 18-team, 54-hole tournament will be held at the par 72, 6,168-yard Stanford Golf Course.

The Sun Devils finished 11th at last year's Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate, led individually by Alissa Kuczka and Tiffany Tavee who both tied for 39th.

THE LINEUP: ASU's lineup will feature freshman Louise Stahle (Lund, Sweden), sophomores Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.), junior Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.) and senior Erin Tone (Gilbert, Ariz.).

THE FIELD: The field for the 2004 Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate features Arizona State, Arizona, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Jose State, tournament host Stanford, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State. A recap of each round's action will be available at www.thesundevils.com.

LAST TIME OUT: The Sun Devils won their first tournament in four years, capturing the title at the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate, held Oct. 4-5 in Las Cruces, N.M. Arizona State turned in a nine-stroke victory to capture the team's first tournament title since winning the San Jose State Spartan Invitational in the spring of 2000.

Freshman Louise Stahle was the top individual for the Sun Devils, earning runner-up honors for the second time in two collegiate events with a tie for second place (71-74-73=218). Sophomore Tiffany Tavee turned in the best finish of her young career, tying for fourth with a six-over 222 (77-71-74), while sophomore Charmaine Erasmus also had her best showing as a Sun Devil with a seventh-place finish (74-75-75=224). Rounding out the Sun Devil lineup were junior Alissa Kuczka who tied for 23rd (76-77-77=230) and freshman Brooke Todare who tied for 67th (76-82-85=243).

IN THE RANKINGS: Arizona State moved up from 13th to eighth in the Oct. 7 Golf World coaches poll. The Sun Devils are also ranked ninth in the Oct. 12 Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Freshman Louise Stahle, a second-team preseason Golfweek All-American, is second in the Golfweek individual rankings.

2004-05 ASU STROKE AVERAGES:Name	App	Top 10	Rounds	Strokes	Avg.	LowCharmaine Erasmus	2	1	6	451	75.17	73Alissa Kuczka	2	0	6	449	74.83	72Louise Stahle	2	2	6	425	70.83	66Tiffany Tavee	2	1	6	443	73.83	71Brooke Todare	2	0	6	481	80.17	75

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 Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate, Arizona State will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Kent Youel Invitational on Oct. 25-27 at the Kapolei Golf Course.

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