Women's Golf to Compete in Tucson
Feb. 24, 2007
Tucson, Ariz. - The second-ranked Arizona State University women's golf team heads to intrastate rival University of Arizona, Feb. 26-27, to compete in the 2007 Wildcat Invitational. The two-day tournament will be held at the par-71, 6,238-yard Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. Last year, Arizona State won the team championship. The first-place finish was the latter of back-to-back first-place finishes for the Sun Devils last spring. ASU had previously placed first at the 2006 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.
The line-up for the Sun Devils features: Sophomore All-American Azahara Munoz, sophomore All-American Jennifer Osborn, freshman Anna Nordqvist, freshman Juliana Murcia, senior Lindsay Anderson and redshirt-freshman Liisa Kelo playing as an independent.
The field for the tournament includes: Arizona, Arizona State, Brigham Young, California, Duke, New Mexico, Pepperdine, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Washington.
The field includes seven teams in the Top 10 according to the Golfweek rankings and 12 teams in the Top 25.
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 second (+6) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. 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 31st (+17) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. 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 14th (+10) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. 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 12th (+9) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. 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 Second-Team All-American. 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: Finished tied for 41st (+22) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. 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.
Lindsay Anderson 5-9 Senior El Paso, Texas 2006-07 Season: First Tournament of the Season2005-06 Earned honorable-mention Pac-10 All-Academic honors for thesecond straight year Competed in six tournaments on the year Shot a season-low round of 72 at both the Mason Rudolph Invitationaland the Wildcat Invitational Recorded a 77.94 stroke average Tied for 29th at the Topy Cup in Tokyo, Japan2004-05 Earned honorable-mention Pac-10 All Academic honors Made two appearances on the season Turned in a 77.00 stroke average Tied for 34th at the PING/ASU Invitational at 10-over 226 (79-74-73) Carded a season-best 73 in the final round of ASU's tournament Also tied for 53rd at the Wildcat Invitational (77-83-76=236)2003-04 Played in seven tournaments for the Sun Devils Turned in a 82.05 stroke average on the year Had her best effort of the year at the NC State Saguaro Classic, tying forsixth to lead the Sun Devils Carded a career-low 71 in the first round of that tournament...finished 51st at the Pac-10 Championships Was 124th at the NCAA Championships Played in the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship inAugust but did not advance past stroke play Qualified for the amateur with a tie for fifth at the sectionalqualifier in Colorado Prior to ASU A 2003 graduate of Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas Two-sport star who lettered four times in golf and twice in volleyball Captained her volleyball and golf teams as a senior Four-time all-city and all-district selection in golf Was the MVP of her golf team as a junior and a senior Two-time all-region selection Was also a two-time all-district selection in volleyball Was named to the Academic All-State team Won the Andrews Invitational in 2002 (74-76) Placed second in the El Paso City Championship (74-75-71) Was coached by Mike Myric in golf and Julie Dial in volleyball Personal Majoring in Business Marketing The daughter of Ed and Sue Anderson of El Paso, Texas Has one brother, Blake (24) Lists her hobbies as playing sports, listening to music, reading and having fun Born July 19, 1985 in El Paso, Texas Full name is Lindsay Erin Anderson