Women's Golf Looks to Repeat First-Place Finish
Feb. 9, 2007
Palos Verdes, Calif. - The second-ranked Arizona State University women's golf team will tee-off the spring season at the 2007 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Feb. 12-14th. The tournament will be held at the par-71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. The Sun Devils finished in first place at the 2006 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, shooting a 40-over 892.
The Field: Arizona, Arizona State, Florida, Michigan State, Pepperdine, UCLA, Ohio State (Host), Stanford, USC, California, Kent State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and Wake Forest.
Last fall, ASU opened up the season with a first-place victory at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. In their next three tournaments, the Sun Devils finished in the top-five, including a second-place finish at the 2006 Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown.
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.
2006-07 ASU WOMEN'S GOLF BIO UPDATES
Azahara Munoz 5-5 Sophomore Malaga, Spain 2006-07 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. Finished tied for second (-5) at the Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown. 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, Columbia 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. 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. Finished in 46th (+10) at the Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown. 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. 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. Finished tied for 10th (E) at the Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown. 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. Finished tied for 12th (+1) at the Las Vegas Founders Collegiate Showdown. 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.
Liisa Kelo 5-7 RS-Freshman Mexico City Mexico 2006-07 Season: First tournament of the season. 2005-06 Season: Redshirted. Prior to ASU: A 2005 graduate of Institut Le Rosey in Chateau du Rosey, Rolle, Switzerland Won the school's best golfer medal Also played basketball and was a two-time team captain Won two medals as her team's best basketball player.