Women's Golf to Compete in Las Vegas
Oct. 27, 2006
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The third-ranked Arizona State University women's golf heads to Henderson, Nevada to compete in the 2006 Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown. The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,175-yard Anthem Country Club, Oct. 30-Nov.1.
THE LINE UPThe line-up for the Sun Devils features sophomore All-American Jennifer Osborn, freshman Anna Nordqvist, junior Camila Sola, sophomore All-American Azahara Munoz, and freshman Juliana Murcia.
THE FIELDThe 17 team field includes Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Pepperdine, Southern Cal, Oklahoma State, BYU, Kent State, Texas A&M, UNLV, TCU, UC Irvine, Missouri, Washington, Oregon State, Colorado State and Eastern Washington.
LAST TOURNAMENTThe Arizona State women's golf team finished in third place after the final round of the 2006 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash. The Sun Devils shot a 40-over 904 (299-306-299). Stanford captured the top spot after shooting a 32-over 896 (303-297-296).
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 COACH LUELLEN
On Munoz and Nordqvist competing in the World Amateur...'I am so proud of Anna [Norqvist] and Azahara [Munoz]. Azahara played amazingly. She won the equivalent of bronze medal and is the third best player in the world. Anna played well too but didn't play as well as she'd like in the last round. She wanted her score to count for Sweden. They are both excellent students and this last week I've let them get caught up on school because they've basically missed the last two weeks. They are excited to get back with the team and compete.'
On playing in the Edean Ihlanfeldt...'I am so proud of how our team did last week in Seattle. We actually went up in the rankings and we were playing with out some of our best girls. For this next tournament I'd really like another win. Jennifer [Osborn] has really been playing well and poised to be a first team All-America selection.'
On the competition with UCLA'UCLA has always been a tough opponent. They have lost their two best girls from last year because they've turned pro. But they also have a great athlete with their freshman girl. On paper we should beat them, but you can never count them out. There are so many factors that go into winning.'
2006-07 ASU WOMEN'S GOLF BIO UPDATESAzahara Munoz 5-5 Sophomore 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., Finished in third place at the 2006 World Amateur.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 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. Finished in 12th place (+10) at the Edean Ihlanfelt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash.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, 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 straight week. Finished tied for fourth place (E) in the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview in Daytona Beach, Fla. Finished in 14th place at the 2006 World Amateur.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. Finished tied for 10th place (+2) at the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview in Daytona Beach, Fla. Finished in 3rd place (+2) at the Edean Ihlanfelt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash.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, Argentina2006-07 Season Will be making her Sun Devil debut this week. Transferred to Arizona State from Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. Finished tied for 76th at the Golf Daytona Beach Fall Preview in Daytona Beach, Fla. Finished tied for 10th place (+9) at the Edean Ihlanfelt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash.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.