Women's Golf Heads to Austin for the Longhorn Invitational

March 9, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona State University women's golf team continues the 2005 spring season this week, traveling to Austin, Texas, for the 2005 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational Friday-Sunday, March 11-13. The 17-team, 54-hole tournament will be held at the par 72, 6,323-yard University of Texas Golf Club in Austin.

Teams will play one round each day beginning on Friday morning. Live scoring for each round is available at www.golfstatresults, while 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.), sophomore Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.) and senior Erin Tone (Gilbert, Ariz.). Sophomore Lindsay Anderson (El Paso, Texas) will play as an individual.

THE FIELD: The field for the 2005 Wildcat Invitational features ASU, Arkansas, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, tournament host Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech and Tulsa.

IN THE RANKINGS: ASU is ranked third in the Feb. 10 National Golf Coaches Association coaches poll and seventh in the March 7 Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, freshman Louise Stahle is the nation's top-ranked player in the latest Golfweek rankings, while junior Alissa Kuczka is 46th and sophomore Tiffany Tavee is 64th.

Stahle is the first Sun Devil to rank as the nation's No. 1 player since Miriam Nagl held the top spot for several weeks in 2000. She is leading the team with a 71.07 stroke average, while Tavee (73.65) and Kuczka (73.83) are second and third on the squad in stroke average.

LAST TIME OUT: Freshman Louise Stahle got the first win of her ASU career, capturing the individual title at the 2005 Wildcat Invitational, held Feb. 21-22 at the par 71, 6,238-yard Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson. Stahle earned a one-stroke victory over UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas and finished with a three-round total of four-under 209 (64-72-73). She became the first Sun Devil to win medalist honors since Jimin Kang captured the 2002 Pac-10 individual title.

ASU finished fourth at the Wildcat Invitational for the team's sixth top five showing of the year. The Sun Devils finished with a three-round total of 25-over 877 (294-291-292). Defending NCAA champion UCLA won the tournament with a three-round total of 12-over 864, while tournament host Arizona finished second (865). Tennessee (876), ASU (877) and Pepperdine (883) rounded out the top five.

Junior Alissa Kuczka turned in her third top 20 finish of the year, tying for 12th place with a three-round total of eight-over 221 (73-75-73), while senior Erin Tone tied for 37th (78-74-77=229). Sophomore Charmaine Erasmus had her best round of the tournament with a four-under 75 on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 41st (79-77-75=231), while sophomore Tiffany Tavee carded an even-par 71 on Tuesday after having her first round disqualified and shooting a one-under 70 in the second. Sophomore Lindsay Anderson, who was playing as an individual in the event, finished in a tie for 53rd with a three-round total of 236 (77-83-76).

HEAD COACH Melissa Luellen: Melissa Luellen is in her third year as the head coach of the Arizona State University 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. Already this season, she has led the team to top five finishes in six of seven events, including a pair of tournament victories at the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate and the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate. ASU also turned in a pair of runner-up finishes to go along with its two wins this fall.

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 Longhorn Invitational, the Sun Devils will return to action March 26-27 at the Mountain View Collegiate in Saddlebrook, Ariz/, before returning home to play host to the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe on April 1-3.

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