Arizona State Women's Golf Program Signs Local Standout

Nov. 13, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State women's golf coach Melissa Luellen today announced that local standout Ashley Smith of Phoenix Xavier has signed a letter of intent to study and play golf at Arizona State.

'Ashley Smith was one of the most sought-after recruits this year,' Luellen said. 'Some Pac 10 schools were very disappointed when Ashley committed to ASU. She is a very long hitter and has huge potential to be an NCAA All American. She is dedicated and understands the importance of 'team' in an individual sport. We are very excited to have Ashley as our newest Sun Devil.'

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Smith brings an impressive résumé of accomplishments to the Sun Devil golf program. Already this year Smith has recorded five top-20 finishes at major junior tournaments, including a third-place finish at the Pacific Northwest International Junior and a fourth-place finish at the Ping Phoenix Junior. In July, Smith finished 16th in a field of 67 players at the Junior World Golf Championship. She also recorded a tie for 19th in a field of 77 at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

In 2005, Smith had four top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish at the Women's Western Junior and a fifth-place finish at the Ping Phoenix Junior.

As a member of Xavier's golf team, Smith played a big role in helping the school carry on its long tradition of success, which recently included winning its ninth consecutive and 25th overall state title. Current Sun Devil Brooke Todare attended Xavier as did several former Sun Devils, including Alissa Kuczka, Heather and Missy Farr, Grace Park and Keri Cornelius.

Smith will be joining a Sun Devil squad which has enjoyed a great deal of success recently. Coming off a fourth-place finish at last year's NCAA Championships, the Sun Devils were ranked No. 2 coming into the 2006-07 season. The fall season for ASU included three top-three finishes, including a first-place finish in its season-opening tournament in Albuquerque and a second-place finish in the Las Vegas Showdown. ASU's fall season also included the participation of two of its players - freshman Anna Nordqvist and sophomore Azahara Munoz - at the 2006 Women's World Amateur Team Championship. Nordqvist tied for 14th in helping Sweden tie for first with South Africa, while Munoz finished tied for third in helping Spain finish in eighth place.

ASU resumes the 2006-07 season in February when it competes at the TRW Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.

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