Split Women's Squad Heads to Washington and New Mexico Next Week

Oct. 3, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 19 Arizona State women's golf team continues its fall season at the beginning of next week with half of the squad traveling to Redmond, Wash., while the other half heads to Las Cruces, N.M. Five Sun Devils will play in the 22nd annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Redmond Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 6-8, which is hosted by the University of Washington. Another five will journey to Las Cruces where New Mexico State University is hosting the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate, also Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 6-8.

The action in Redmond will take place at the par 72, 6,030-yard Sahalee Golf and Country Club. In Las Cruces, participants will play the par 72, 6,319-yard University Golf Course. Tee times at NMSU begin Monday morning at 7:44 a.m. Live scoring will be available for Edean Inlanfeldt Invitational at www.golfstat.com.

ASU'S LINEUP FOR EDEAN IHLANFELDT INVITATIONAL: ASU's lineup in Redmond, Wash., will feature junior Erin Tone (Gilbert, Ariz.), junior Josefin Gustafsson (Falkoping, Sweden), junior Jamie Michaud (University Place, Wash.), freshman Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.) and senior Beatriz 'Cucu' Conti (Caracas, Venezuela).

THE FIELD IN REDMOND: The field at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational includes eight teams in the Golf World preseason top 25, including No. 19 ASU, and consists of No. 5 Arizona, BYU, No. 12 California, Long Beach State, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, San Francisco, No. 11 Southern California, No. 17 Stanford, No. 15 Washington, Washington State, No. 3 UCLA and No. 24 UNLV.

ASU'S LINEUP FOR THE PRICE'S GIVE 'EM FIVE INTERCOLLEGIATE: ASU's lineup in Las Cruces, N.M., will feature sophomore Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.), freshman Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.), junior Nicole Deacon (Scottsdale, Ariz.), freshman Lindsay Anderson (El Paso, Texas) and sophomore Sara Jones (Valencia, Calif.).

THE FIELD IN LAS CRUCES: The Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate features New Mexico State, Baylor, Kansas State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Florida State, LSU, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, North Texas, UTEP, Hawaii, Northern Arizona, San Jose State, Western New Mexico.

LAST TIME OUT: Arizona State opened the 2003-04 fall season with a 14th-place finish at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational after totaling a 63-over 939 for the three-day tournament (309-308-322). The top finisher for the Sun Devils was junior Jamie Michaud (University Place, Wash.) who tied for 29th with an 11-over 230 for the tournament (77-74-79). Sophomore Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.), the Sun Devils' top finisher at the '02 Dick McGuire, finished just behind Michaud at 12-over 231 (74-81-76), tying her for 32nd, while redshirt freshman Danelle Perata (Vacaville, Calif.) tied for 60th after carding a 21-over 240 (77-79-84) for the weekend. Rounding out the Sun Devil contingent were freshmen Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.) who tied for 67th at 24-over 243 (81-74-88) and Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.) who tied for 85th at 31-over 250 (81-86-83).

SUN DEVILS IN THE RANKINGS: The Arizona State women's golf team, which finished 18th at last season's NCAAs, began the 2003-04 campaign in the national top 20, coming in at 19th in Golf World's preseason rankings. Golfweek had the Sun Devils at 29th in their preseason poll.

SUN DEVILS WELCOME FOUR NEWCOMERS: The 2003-04 ASU women's golf squad welcomes four newcomers to the mix, three of which are freshmen and one is a transfer.

Lindsay Anderson (Fr., El Paso, Texas) arrives as a four-year All-City and All-District performer. She was the winner of the 2002 Andrews invitational and claimed second-place in the El Paso City Championship.

Nicole Deacon (Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.) transfers from San Jose State, where she was named the 2002 WAC Freshman of the Year. She was an all-region performer all four years at Saguaro High School and earned all-state honors three years. Deacon was the 2001 Arizona State High School Champion and was the runner-up in 2000.

Charmaine Erasmus (Fr., Bradenton, Fla.) comes to Tempe from Florida where she attended the Bradenton Academy. An FCWT All-American in 2002 and 2003 and an AJGA All-American in 2002, she finished second in AJGA at Abacoa and won the Optimist International.

Tiffany Tavee (Fr., Gilbert, Ariz.) was the 2002 Arizona State High School Champion and earned Arizona Girl Golfer of the Year honors for her efforts. She finished 10th at the AJGA Betsy Rawls Girls Championships and seventh at the AJGA PING Phoenix.

HEAD COACH MELISSA LUELLEN: Melissa Luellen is in her second year as the head coach of the Arizona State women's golf team. In her initial year at the helm of the program, she guided the Sun Devils to five top-five finishes, including top-three placings at the Landfall Tradition and the Wildcat Invitational. 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 Regional Coach of the Year.

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