Women's Golf Opens 2004-05 Season at Fall Preview Sept. 20-22

Sept. 16, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 13th-ranked Arizona State women's golf team opens the 2004-05 season next week, traveling to the Mercedes-Benz of Bend Fall Preview in Sunriver, Ore., Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 20-22. Oregon State University will host the 54-hole tournament at the par 71, 6,300-yard Meadows Course in Sunriver. Tee times on Monday and Tuesday begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time, while Wednesday's final round will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

Live scoring for the 2004 Fall Preview will be available for each round at www.golfstat.com, while a recap will also be available at the conclusion of each round on ASU's official web site at www.thesundevils.com.

THE FIELD IN SUNRIVER: The field of 21 teams at the 2004 Mercedes-Benz of Bend Fall Preview includes ASU, Arizona, Auburn, California, Duke, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, tournament host Oregon State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, defending NCAA champion UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State.

ASU'S LINEUP: ASU's lineup will feature freshman Louise Stahle (Lund, Sweden), junior Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.), sophomore Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.), freshman Brooke Todare (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) and sophomore Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.).

IN THE RANKINGS: Arizona State begins the 2004-05 season ranked in the top 15 in two preseason polls. The Sun Devils were picked 13th in the Golf World coaches poll and 14th in the Golfweek poll. Freshman Louis Stahle also received mention as a second-team preseason All-American in the Golfweek rankings.

MEET THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State returns seven letterwinners from last year's squad, including all five players from ASU's 10th-place NCAA squad. Returners include seniors Erin Tone (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Nicole Deacon (Scottsdale, Ariz.); junior Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.); and sophomores Lindsay Anderson (El Paso, Texas), Charmaine Erasmus (Bradenton, Fla.), Danelle Perata (Vacaville, Calif.) and Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert. Ariz.). Kuczka and Tavee return after earning honorable-mention All-Pac-10 honors last season.

Joining the returners are three newcomers: freshmen Sara Lester (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Louise Stahle (Lund, Sweden) and Brooke Todare (Phoenix, Ariz.). Lester was an all-league selection out of Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, Calif., while Stahle comes to ASU as the top-ranked junior player in Europe. She finished ninth in this summer's HP Open in Stockholm, Sweden. Todare was a three-time all-region and all-state selection at Xavier College Preparatory Academic in Phoenix.

HEAD COACH MELISSA LUELLEN: Melissa Luellen is in her third year as the head coach of the Arizona State women's golf team. Last year, she guided the Sun Devils to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships and a total of seven top 10 showings, including a season-best tie for fourth at the Pac-10 Championships.

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.

UP NEXT: Following the Fall Preview, Arizona State will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., for the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate Oct. 4-5. New Mexico State will host that tournament at the University Golf Course in Las Cruces.

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