ASU Women's Golf Team Travels to Pacific Northwest for Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
Oct. 7, 2006
UP NEXT:Coming off a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Fall Preview last month, the No. 6 Arizona State women's golf team returns to action on Monday when it travels to the Pacific Northwest for the 2006 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. The three-day event (Oct. 9-11) is being hosted by the University of Washington at the par 72, 6,130-yard Sahalee Country Club.
Last season Jennifer Osborn, then a freshman, shot a 1-under 215 to win the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, her first collegiate tournament victory.
THE FIELD:The 15-team field includes five of the Top 25 teams in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index - No. 4 Arizona, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 13 Stanford, No. 19 USC and No. 22 Brigham Young. Other tournament participants include California, Long Beach State, New Mexico, Pepperdine, Oregon, Oregon State, San Francisco, UNLV, Washington and Washington State.
LIVE SCORING:Live scoring for the 2006 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational will be available for each round at www.golfstatresults.com, while a recap will also be available at the conclusion of each round at www.thesundevils.com.
ASU LINEUP:ASU's lineup at the 2006 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational will be sophomore All-American Jennifer Osborn, freshman Juliana Murcia, junior Camila Sola, senior Charmaine Erasmus, and junior Brooke Todare.
LAST TOURNAMENT:The Arizona State women's golf team finished in sixth place at the 2006 Golf Daytona Beach Women's Fall Preview. The second-ranked Sun Devils shot a 27-over 891 (300-298-293). Georgia, which held the top spot throughout the tournament, finished in first place after shooting a 5-over 869.
Individually, freshman Anna Nordqvist led the Sun Devils for the second straight tournament, shooting an even-par 216 (73-74-69) to tie for fourth place.
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.
Quotes from Luellen:
On not having Anna Nordqvist and Azahara Munoz at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational:'I had a talk with players and the team that is going to Seattle. Obviously they are with out two of our regular, better players but we believe that we are deep. We believe that we can go in there and compete with any team. We are deeper than most teams. Some teams have four players and then can't find anyone that can break 80. This course we are going to is a very difficult golf course. If we can shoot scores around 75 or better, we will have a great chance to win.'
On Nordqvist and Munoz competing at the World Amateur Championships:'Each country around the world has three representatives and Anna is one of the three representing Sweden and Azahara is one of the three representing Spain. It just so happens Sweden won two years ago. Sweden, Spain and the U.S. are probably the three teams that compete at the highest level and they will be fighting to win. It is an honor and a thrill to have two of the best players from two of the best countries on our team. It is like the Olympics for golf. South Africa is a long way away. Fortunately they are good students. Their professors are cooperating with them and hopefully they understand what a great honor it is for them.'
On Nordqvist having a huge impact early in the season:'She is the number one player from Sweden, which seems to produce some great players. Every tournament she plays in, she seems to play well. She is very mature emotionally on the golf course. She doesn't let a bad shot carry over to the next shot. She is an excellent putter. I'm not surprised she is doing so well. We are doing something right to create an atmosphere that she can play well in. She is happy she has had a decent start, but she is looking to win.'
2006-07 Bio Updates
Charmaine Erasmus 5-2 Sr. Bradenton, Fla.2006-07 Season: Will be making her first appearance of the season at this week's Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.2005-06 Season Had a 77.81 stroke average in her seven appearances (21 rounds). Best finish of the season came at the PING/ASU Invitational (tie for 15th) after shooting a six-over 222. Shot a season-best 71 in the third round of the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational.2004-05 Season: Made 10 appearances on the season, averaging 76.90 strokes per round. Turned in one top 10 showing on the year, finishing seventh at the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate in October at eight-over 224 (74-75-75). Tied for 22nd at October's Kent Youel Invitational (72-76-77=225), shooting a season-low 72 in the first round of that event. Tied for 46th at the PING/ASU Invitational and finished in a tie for 31st at the Pac-10 Championships. Finished in a tie for 86th at the NCAA Central Regional and for 78th at the NCAA Championships Carded 75s in each of the last two rounds of the NCAA Championships.2003-04 Season: Played in nine tournaments for the Sun Devils, averaging 81.52 strokes per round. Averaged 76.74 strokes per round in the last six events of the year. Had two top 30 appearances on the season with her best finish of the season coming at the PING/ASU Invitational where she tied for 22nd with a with a six-over 222. Tied for 29th at the Spartan Invitational (75-75-79=229). Finished in a tie for 37th at the Pac-10 Championships (79-84-79=242). Finished in a tie for 57th at the NCAA West Regional (85-74-74) and 49th at the NCAA Championships (80-75-71-72). Carded a career-low 71 in the third round of the national tournament and ended the tournament with an even-par 72 in the final round.Prior to ASU: Earned American Junior Golf Association All-America honors in 2002. Two-time FCWT All-American (2002 and 2003). Was a 2003 all-county selection. Placed second at the AJGA Tournament at Abacoa. Won the Optimist International.
Azahara Munoz 5-5 So. Malaga, Spain2006-07 Season: Finished tied for seventh place (-2) at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Finished tied for 46th (+12) at the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview in Daytona Beach, Fla.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 Fr. Bogota, Columbia2006-07 Season: Finished tied for 15th place (+2) in her Sun Devil debut at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Finished tied for 59th (+16) at the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview in Daytona Beach, Fla.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 Fr. Eskilstuna, Sweden2006-07 Season: Finished tied for second place (-4) in her Sun Devil debut at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Led the team for the second time in as many tournaments, finishing tied for fourth place (E) at the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview in Daytona Beach, Fla.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 So. Huntington Beach, Calif.2006-07 Season: Finished tied for seventh place (-2) at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Finished tied for 10th place (+2) at the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview in Daytona Beach, Fla.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 Jr. Buenos Aires, Argentina2006-07 Season: Transferred to Arizona State from Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. Finished tied for 76th in her Sun Devil debut at the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview in Daytona Beach, Fla.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.
Brooke Todare 5-5 Jr. Paradise Valley, Ariz.2006-07 Season: Finished tied for 60th at the season-opening Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.2005-06 Season: Had a 76.83 stroke average in her four appearances (12 rounds). Shot a season-best 74 in the first round of the Wildcat Invitational. Would eventually finish tied for 67th in the tournament. Finished tied for 32nd in the PING/ASU Invitational. The tournament saw her tie her best round of the season (74) in the third and final round.2004-05 Season: Appeared in six tournaments and ended the season with 79.61 stroke average. Turned in her best finish of the year at the PING/ASU Invitational, tying for 34th at 10-over 226 (75-75-76). Also tied for 35th at the Kent Youel Invitational (73-82-74=229). Carded a season-best 73 in the opening round of that tournament in Hawaii.Prior to ASU: A 2004 graduate of Xavier College Preparatory Academy in Phoenix where she was a four-year letterwinner in golf, earning all-state honors in each of her last three seasons (2002-04). Was a three-time All-Desert Valley Region selection. Helped her Xavier team to the 2003 Arizona 5A state championship with a third-place finish individually. Did not lose a single match during her four years of high school. Attended the same high school as for Sun Devil greats Alissa Kuczka, Heather and Missy Farr, Grace Park and Keri Cornelius.