Women's Golf Heads to Sammamish, Wash.

Oct. 8, 2005

Tempe, A.Z. -

The 2005-2006 Arizona State Women's golf team will travel to Sammamish, Wash. To compete in the 24th annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, held at the par-72, 6,190-yard Sahalee Country Club.

The three day event will run through Oct. 10-12. The first round of the competition is Monday at 9 a.m. using both the first and 10th tees. Tuesday's second round starts at 10:15a.m., and the final round at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

THE LINEUP: ASU's lineup for the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational will include senior Alissa Kuczkav(Phoenix, Ariz.), freshman Jennifer Osborn (Huntington Beach, Calif.), junior Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.), freshman Azahara Munoz (Malaga, Spain) and junior Lindsay Anderson (El Paso, Texas).

THE FIELD: The field for the 2005 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational includes nine teams currently ranked in Golfweek's top-25 poll.

The 14-team field for this year's event includes (Golfweek Ranking): Arizona, Arizona State (9), Brigham Young (22), California (25), Long Beach State, Oregon (21), Oregon State (24), Pepperdine (2), San Fransisco, Stanford, UNLV (10), USC (16), Washington (8) and Washington State.

For scores and updates go to www.golfstat.com

LAST TIME OUT: Led by Freshman Azahara Munoz, the Arizona State University women's golf team finished in sixth place at the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship, which was held Sept. 23-25 at the par 72, 7,200-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

ASU carded a 24-over 312 in Sunday's final round for a three-day total of 914. Duke won the tournament with a three-round total of 878.

Individually, Munoz carded a three-over 75 on Sunday to finish in fifth at one-over 217 (70-72-75).

Freshman Jennifer Osborn tied for eighth place, her best finish as a Sun Devil, with a four-over 220 (75-71-74), while Junior Lindsay Anderson shot a 13-over 229 (77-72-80) to tie for 35th. Junior Tiffany Tavee finished in a tie for 51st after carding a 17-over 233 (72-77-84). ASU Senior Alissa Kuczka finished the tournament with an 18-over 234 (70-81-83) to tie for 57th.

MEET THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State returns six letter winners from last year's squad, including three players from ASU's 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 pollsLuellen 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.

UPNEXT: ASU Women's Golf will travel to Stanford, Calif. To compete in the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate Tournament held Oct. 21-23.-www.thesundevils.com-

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