Women's Golf Heads to Franklin, Tenn.

Sept. 20, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. -- After finishing with a strong showing at the Topy Cup, the Arizona State University women's golf teams heads to the 2005 Mason Rudolph Women's Championship Sept. 23-25 in Franklin, Tenn. The tournament will be the second outing of the 2005-06 season for the Sun Devils and will be held at the par 72, 7,200-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club.

THE LINEUP: ASU's lineup for the Mason Rudolph Championship will include senior Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.), freshman Jennifer Osborn (Huntington Beach, Calif.), junior Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.), freshman Azahara Muñoz (Malaga, Spain) and junior Lindsay Anderson (El Paso, Texas).

THE FIELD: The field for the 2005 Mason Rudolph Women's Championship features Arizona, Arkansas, Arizona State, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Furman, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas, Tulane, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

LAST TIME OUT: Led by senior Alissa Kuczka, ASU finished in third place at the Topy Cup, which was held Sept. 6-8 at the par 72, 6,036-yard Tanagura Country Club in Fukushima, Japan. ASU carded a five-over 303 in Thursday's final round for a three-day total of 914. Individually, Kuczka carded an even-par 72 on Thursday to finish in fourth at three-over 219 (71-76-72). That tied for the highest showing of her career with the Phoenix native finishing fourth at three events in the Pac-10, including a tie for fourth at the 2005 NCAA Central Regional. Junior Tiffany Tavee tied for 12th place at 12-over 228 (74-77-77), while freshman Jennifer Osborn fired her best round of the tournament with a three-over 75 on Thursday to tie for 20th (81-80-75=236). Sophomore Brooke Todare tied for 23rd with a three-round total of 237 (78-78-81), and junior Charmaine Erasmus finished 27th at 240 (77-84-79). Junior Lindsay Anderson, who was playing as an individual, carded a two-over 74 on Thursday and finished in tie for 29th (87-82-74=243).

MEET THE SUN DEVILS: ASU returns six letterwinners from last year's squad, including three players from its 2005 NCAA squad. Returners include senior Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.); juniors Lindsay Anderson (El Paso, Texas), Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.), Danelle Perata (Vacaville, Calif.) and Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert. Ariz.) and sophomore Brooke Todare (Paradise Valley, Ariz.). Kuczka and Tavee return after earning second-team All-Pac-10 honors last season. Joining the returners are three newcomers: freshmen Liisa Kelo (Mexico City, Mexico), Azahara Muñoz (Malaga, Spain) and Jennifer Osborn (Huntington Beach, Calif.).

HEAD COACH Melissa Luellen: Melissa Luellen is in her fourth year as the head coach of the ASU women's golf team. She is joined by assistant coach and former Sun Devil Missy Farr-Kaye who is also in her fourth year on the staff. In her first three seasons at the helm, Luellen has helped continue Arizona State's tradition of excellence. Under the guidance of Luellen, who was named the 2004-05 National Golf Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year, the Sun Devils have turned in top 10 national finishes in each of the last two years and currently own the nation's second-longest streak of consecutive NCAA appearances at 14. Last season, the Sun Devils finished in a tie for eighth at the NCAA Championships and turned in top 10 showings in 11 of 12 events. ASU captured three tournament titles and ended the year ranked fifth in the country in each of the national polls 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 Mason Rudolph Women's Championship, Arizona State will travel to Redmond, Wash., for the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, Oct. 10-12, which will be held at Sahalee Golf and Country Club. - www.TheSunDevils.com -

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