Women's Golf to Compete in the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate

Oct. 19, 2005

The Arizona State Women's Golf team heads to Stanford, Calif. to compete is the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate, hosted by Stanford University October 21-23.

A total of 54 holes will be played over three days at the par-72, 6168-yard Stanford Golf Course. The event last year was won by the Sun Devils after carding a 12-over 852, five strokes over second place Pepperdine, who shot an 857.

THE FIELD: The field includes Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Duke, Tulsa, UNLV, Pepperdine, California, USC, Arizona, Texas A&M, San Jose State, Texas Tech and High Point University.

THE LINEUP: The lineup for the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate features freshman Jennifer Osborn, freshman Azahara Munoz, junior Tiffany Tavee, senior Alissa Kuczka, junior Lindsay Anderson and junior Charmaine Erasmus competing as an individual.

LAST TIME OUT: Led by Freshman Jennifer Osborn, the Arizona State University women's golf team finished in second place at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational held Monday-Wednesday, October 10-12 in Sammamish, Wash. at the par-72, 6,190-yard Sahalee Country Club.

ASU carded a nine-over 297 in Wednesday's final round for a three-day total of 892. The Sun Devils were just one stroke off the leader Pepperdine. Pepperdine won the tournament with a three-round total of 891. Southern California, UNLV, Arizona, and Stanford all placed after Arizona State, respectively.

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 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.

UPNEXT: ASU Women's Golf will travel to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. To compete in the Hooter's Match Play Championship held Nov. 11-13.

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