No. 2 ASU Women's Golf Team Travels to Daytona Beach for Fall Preview
Sept. 20, 2006
Coming off a win in its opening tournament of the season, the No. 2 Arizona State women's golf team will compete at the 2006 Golf Daytona Beach Women's Fall Preview, Sept. 22-24 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The three-day event, hosted by the University of Central Florida, will be played at the 6,984-yard LPGA International's Legends Course. The LPGA International's Legends Course will also be the site of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Golf National Championship, May 22-25, 2007. Live scoring for the event will be available on www.golfstat.com.
The 18-team field includes Duke, UCLA, Arizona State, USC, Georgia, Auburn, Purdue, California, Tennessee, Florida, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Virginia, UNLV, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and UCF. Seventeen of the 20 teams were ranked in the top-20 in the final 2006 Golfstat women's rankings.
ASU's line-up for the 2006 Golf Daytona Beach Women's Fall Preview features freshman Anna Nordqvist, sophomore Jennifer Osborn, sophomore Azahara Munoz, freshman Juliana Murcia, and junior Camila Sola.
LAST TIME OUT
Playing in the first tournament of her Sun Devil career, freshman Anna Nordqvist tied for second place in helping lead the No. 2 Arizona State women's golf team to a victory at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational held at the 6,069-yard, par-73 UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M. The Sun Devils shot a three-round total of 7-under 869 (294-281-294) to capture the top spot at the tournament, their first of the 2006-07 season.
HEAD COACH Melissa Luellen:
Fifth season at Arizona State.
2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
2006 National Golf Coaches Assosciation West Region Coach of the Year.
Last year, guided the Sun Devils to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, ASU's first top-five showing since 1999.
The Sun Devils finished in the top five in 11 of 12 events in 2005-06, including a pair of tournament victories and a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships.
In 2004-05, ASU finished eighth at the NCAA Championships and had a total of nine top-five showings, including wins in three tournaments.
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 Region Coach of the Year.
Luellen spent 11 years on the LPGA Tour, winning the 1991 Stratton Mountain LPGA Classic and teaming with Mike Springer to win the 1993 JCPenney Classic. She was also elected to the LPGA Executive Committee in her final two years on the tour and is currently a non-exempt member of the LPGA.
Quoting Melissa Luellen on the 2006 Golf Daytona Beach Women's Fall Preview:
'We are going in with a strong lineup for the NCAA Preview. We are still ranked No. 2 in the country. We are going against a top-notch field that includes many of the teams we saw last May at the NCAA Championships. This is the best field that we will see until next year's NCAA Championships. It will be a great test for us. We have a long trip to Daytona Beach, but are looking forward to it. We are looking forward to taking Duke on head to head. We play with them in the first round and there will be no mysteries. We are really excited about our potential and our chances of coming away with another win.'
2006-07 ASU Women's Golf Bio Updates
Azahara Munoz 5-5 Sophomore Malaga, Spain
2006-07 SeasonFinished tied for seventh place (-2) at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
2005-06 Season 2006 NGCA Second-Team All-American. 2006 First-Team All-Pac-10 selection. 2006 NGCA Academic All-American. Finished first on the team with a 73.03 stroke average. Shot a career-best 67 at the 2006 PING/ASU Invitational. Finished in the top 10 eight times in 10 appearances, including a tie for sixth place at both the NCAA and Pac-10 Championships. Had a season-best third-place finish (-4) at the Wildcat Invitational. Tied for sixth (E) at the PING/ASU Invitational.
Prior to ASU Won the 2004 Girls' British Open Championship in Scotland and finished second at the event in 2005. Was a member of Europe's Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2002 and 2003. Captured the 2002 Spanish Amateur title, was the 2002 Spanish International Junior champion and was a semifinalist at the event in 2004. Was ranked 10th in the country in the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings in 2004. Missed a win at the 2005 Thunderbird International Junior by just one stroke. Played on the Spanish team at the 2005 European Girls Team Championship.
Juliana Murcia 5-3 Freshman Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006-07 Season Finished tied for 15th place (+2) in her Sun Devil debut at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
Prior to ASU In July, 2005, 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. Recorded an eighth-place finish at the 2005 Junior World Championship in San Diego, Calif. Finished in fourth place at the 2005 Thunderbird International Junior in Scottsdale, Ariz. Finished in second place at the 2004 Junior World Championship in San Diego.
Anna Nordqvist 6-0 Freshman Eskilstuna, Sweden
2006-07 Season Finished tied for second place (-4) in her Sun Devil debut at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
Prior to ASU Was the 2004 and 2005 Swedish Player of the Year and was the 2005 Swedish Amateur of the Year. Runner-up at the 2006 British Amateur Championship. Runner-up at the 2005 French Junior Championship. Won the 2005 Girls' British Open. Was a bronze medalist at the 2005 European Championship.
Jennifer Osborn 5-8 Sophomore Huntington Beach, Calif.
2006-07 Season Finished tied for seventh place (-2) at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
2005-06 Season 2006 NGCA Academic All-American. First-Team All-Pac-10 selection. Competed in 11 tournaments and finished second on the team with a 73.46 stroke average. Finished the 2005-06 season ranked 20th in Golfweek and 29th in the Golfstat Cup. Finished in the top 10 five times in 2005-06, including a first-place finish at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (-1) and a second-place finish at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (+2). Finished tied for 12th place at the NCAA East Regional. Shot a 4-under at the Wildcat Invitational to tie for third.
Prior to ASU Was a 2005 EA Sports High School All-American. Ranked 14th in the nation in the final 2005 Golfweek rankings. 2004 American Junior Golf Association Rolex Junior All-American. Was named the 2004 High School Golfer of the Year by both the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register. Also earned that same honor from the Orange County Register in 2002. Captured the 2004 C.I.F. Southern Section championship and was the 2002 C.F.-WSCGA Regional high school champion. Tiger Woods is the only other athlete to hold both titles. Was inducted into Marina's Larry Doyle Hall of Fame in 2005. Qualified for match play at the 2004 United States Golf Association Women's Amateur. Won the 2002 AJGA Callaway Junior All-Star Championship.
Camila Sola 5-0 Junior Buenos Aires, Argentina
2006-07 Season Will be making her Sun Devil debut this week. Transferred to Arizona State from Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla.
Prior to ASU As a member of the Redlands Community College women's golf team in El Reno, Okla., helped the Cougars capture the 2006 National Junior College Athletic Association national title with a third-place individual finish. First-Team NJCAA All-American in 2006. Won the NJCAA individual title in May, 2005, by a tournament record 16 strokes. In 2005, 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.