Women's Golf Heads to Tucson Next Week

Feb. 18, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University women's golf team continues the 2005 spring season next week, traveling to the 2005 Wildcat Invitational Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 21-22 in Tucson. The 14-team, 54-hole tournament will be held at the par 72, 6,134-yard Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson.

Teams will play two rounds on Monday and one on Tuesday with play beginning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Mountain Time each day. A recap of each day's action will be available at www.thesundevils.com.

THE LINEUP: ASU's lineup will feature freshman Louise Stahle (Lund, Sweden), junior Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.), sophomore Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.), senior Erin Tone (Gilbert, Ariz.) and sophomore Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.). Sophomore Lindsay Anderson (El Paso, Texas) will play as an individual.

THE FIELD: The field for the 2005 Wildcat Invitational features ASU, tournament host Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, UNLV and Vanderbilt.

IN THE RANKINGS: ASU was ranked third in the Feb. 10 National Golf Coaches Association coaches poll and ninth in the Feb. 13 Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, freshman Louise Stahle checked in at third in the latest Golfweek rankings, while junior Alissa Kuczka is 50th and sophomore Tiffany Tavee is 62nd.

LAST TIME OUT: ASU finished 13th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, held Feb. 7-9 at the par 71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club. The Sun Devils turned in a three-day total of 82-over 934 (308-310-316). Pepperdine won the 2005 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge with a three-round total of 44-over 896. The Waves took home a two-stroke victory over UCLA (898).

Individually, freshman Louise Stahle led the Sun Devils with a tie for 12th place at 12-over 225 (75-74-76). Junior Alissa Kuczka finished in a tie for 30th at 17-over 230 (79-75-76), while sophomore Tiffany Tavee tied for 42nd (78-76-79-233). Freshman Sara Lester finished 74th with a three-day total of 249 (76-85-88), while freshman Brooke Todare was 79th (81-87-85=253).

FALL RECAP: The Sun Devils turned in top five finishes in all five of their fall tournaments, including a pair of tournament victories. ASU won two tournaments in October - the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate and the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate - and finished second in two others in November - the Kent Youel Invitational and the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship. The team climbed to second in the final fall Golf World College Coaches Poll. ASU was also ranked sixth in the final fall Golfweek poll.

ASU was led by true freshman Louise Stahle (Lund, Sweden) who finished second in each of her three tournament appearances. Stahle finished the fall with a 70.22 stroke average and ranked second in the final Golfweek individual poll. Junior Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.) and sophomore Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.) tied for second on the team with 73.17 fall stroke averages and each turned in a pair of top 10 finishes. Kuczka and Tavee ranked 44th and 46th individually by Golfweek, respectively.

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 Wildcat Invitational, the Sun Devils will return to action March 11-13 at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitation in Austin, Texas. ASU will play host to the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe on April 1-3.

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