Arizona State Women's Golf Program Signs Three
Nov. 30, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. - Three of the country's most sought-after student-athletes in women's golf - Anna Nordqvist, Juliana Murcia and Camila Sola - signed letters of intent to study and compete at Arizona State, according to an announcement by ASU women's golf coach Melissa Luellen on Wednesday.
'I feel as though we hit a grand slam in this recruiting class,' said Luellen. 'Camila, Anna and Juliana are three of the very top players in the class of '06. Not only can they really play but they are all excellent students and quality people. They will be a great addition to the Sun Devil family.'
Nordqvist will be coming to Arizona State from Sweden where she has made her mark as one of the top junior golfers in Europe. The 2004 Swedish Junior Player of the Year, Nordqvist has recorded several top-three finishes in major events in the past two years, including a first-place finish at the 2005 Girls British Amateur Open Championship, a second-place finish at the 2005 French Junior Amateur Championship and a first-place finish at the 2004 Swedish Junior National Championship. In addition, she also finished tied for second and won a bronze medal at the 2005 European Amateur Championships and she was the lone European to go unbeaten at the 2005 Ping Junior Solheim Cup.
'Anna has the best record of any recruit in the 2006 recruiting class,' lauded Luellen. 'She is extremely focused and talented. Don't let her sweet nature fool you. She is a true competitor.'
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sola will be transferring to Arizona State from Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., where last May she captured the National Junior College Athletic Association's Women's Golf Championship by a tournament record 16 strokes. In addition to winning the national championship, Sola also captured victories in tournaments at Western New Mexico State University, Hardin Simmons University, Oklahoma City University, Northwood University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Sam Houston State University.
'Camila will bring some maturity to our team,' said Luellen. 'She is very composed on and off the golf course. I look for Camila to make an immediate impact in our lineup.'
Hailing from Columbia, Murcia also brings an abundance of national and international experience to the ASU women's golf program. This past July, Murcia was a semifinalist at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championships in Boise, Id., where she upset U.S. Women's Amateur Champion Morgan Pressel in the third round. In addition, she also recorded an eighth-place finish at the 2005 Junior World Championship in San Diego, Calif., and a fourth-place finish at the 2005 Thunderbird International Junior in Scottsdale, Ariz. In 2004, Murcia finished in second place at the Junior World Championship in San Diego.
'Juliana was a highly recruited player with a great resume,' said Luellen. 'She wanted to play on a very competitive team that will be in a position to win national championships. She knows two of the girls on the team (Azahara Munoz and Camila Sola), so her transition should be very smooth.'