No. 1 Women's Golf Ventures to Sunshine State
March 6, 2009
This Week --
Looking for their fourth tournament win of the season, the No. 1 Arizona State women's golf team heads to the Sunshine State to compete in the UCF Invitational. The tournament, held from March 8-10, will take place at the par 72, 6,301-yard RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla. Teams competing include No. 5 Alabama, No. 20 Arizona, No. 8 Auburn, No. 9 Duke, No. 28 Florida, No. 57 Florida State, No. 11 LSU, No. 15 North Carolina, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 13 Purdue, No. 37 Tennessee, No. 34 Texas, No. 42 UCF, No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 USC and No. 14 Vanderbilt. Host UCF is coached by former Sun Devil standout Emilee Klein. One of ASU's nine NCAA individual champions, Klein helped lead the Sun Devils to two national titles.
Top Devils --
The Sun Devils currently hold the top spot in both polls. The Sun Devils maintained their first place position in the Golfweek.com rankings and moved ahead of UCLA in the Golf World/NGCA poll. Junior Juliana Murcia is ranked 10th by Golfweek.com while Jennifer Osborn is currently 32nd.
Three Times On Top --
Despite playing without their No. 1 and No. 2 players of the fall, the Sun Devils took home their third tournament championship of the season. Topping No. 2 UCLA and No. 3 USC on one of their local courses, the team shot a 46-over 898 (305-294-299) to win the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.
Spring Debut --
Azahara Munoz and assistant coach Missy Farr-Kaye will both make their spring debut at the UCF Challenge. Munoz has sat out the past two tournament while recovering from a wrist surgery. With her treatment for a recurrence of breast cancer over, Farr-Kaye will travel with the team for the first time this season.
Settling in Just Fine --
Carlota Ciganda has finished in the top three in both collegiate tournaments she has competed so far. The Spanish freshman tied for second in her ASU debut at the Northrop Grumman. Ciganda followed that performance up with a one-shot-out-of-first third place finish at the Wildcat.
Murcia Shows No Mercy --
After starting the Northrop Grumman as the team's No. 4 player, junior Juliana Murcia had the best tournament of her collegiate career and finished as the tournament medalist. Battling through rain, near freezing temperatures and 40 mph winds, the junior shot 1-over 214 (70-71-73) to help lead the Sun Devils to their third team title of the season. Her round one score of 70 was a career-low for Murcia. Murcia beat out teammate Carlota Ciganda for first by eight shots for her first collegiate tournament win. Aided by a career-low 5-under 67 in the first round, Murcia carded her second top 10 finish of the season with a seventh place finish at the Wildcat.
All About Osborn --
After a somewhat disappointing junior season, Jennifer Osborn has came on strong in her final year at ASU. The senior has finished in the top 20 three times this season including two top-10 performances. At the Wildcat, Osborn shot two rounds under par to jump up to seventh on the final day.
Invitation Accepted! --
Defending NCAA Champion Munoz recently accepted an invitation to compete in the Kraft Nabisco Invitational held at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Munoz will miss ASU's home tournament to compete in the LPGA event. Jennifer Johnson, a 2009 NLI signee, was also given an exemption to the Kraft Nabisco Invitational.
Much Ado About Munoz---
Reigning NCAA Individual Champion Munoz comes back for more as she looks to cap her Sun Devil career in superior fashion. Munoz, whose win at the NCAA Championships last season marked her first collegiate tournament victory, entered the season ranked No. 2 in the Golf World/NGCA poll. The native of Malaga, Spain tied for second at The Derby Invitational, carding 5-under (shot par at the NCAA Fall Preview to tie for fourth.
Nationally Honored --
The Sun Devils' stellar spring start was recognized by two national golf publications. Murcia was named Player of the Week by both Golfweek.com and Golf World. The team was also honored as Team of the Week by Golfweek.com. The team had previously been tabbed Team of the Week for their win at the NCAA Fall Preview in September and Anna Nordqvist was named Player of the Week for her win at The Derby.
Fall Recap --
The Sun Devils will head into the spring after a successful season. Sporting only five players on their roster, the team took home first place trophies in two tournaments. The Sun Devils won the NCAA Fall Preview, which features most of the nation's top teams, for the first time since 1994. After a fifth place finish at the Mason Randolph, the team decided to end the fall the way they started it, with a win. They did just that, capturing first place at The Derby.
Next Up ---The Sun Devils will take part in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas. The tournament will begin March 20 and conclude March 22.