Women's Golf Travels to Hawaii Next Week
Oct. 22, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. - Coming off back-to-back tournament wins, the Arizona State women's golf team heads to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Kent Youel Invitational Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 26-27. The 15-team, 54-hole tournament will be held at the par 72, 6,139-yard Kapolei Golf Course in Kapolei, Hawaii.
Teams will play 36 holes on Tuesday and 18 on Wednesday with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start each day. A recap of each day's action will be available at www.thesundevils.com.
THE LINEUP: ASU's lineup will feature sophomore Tiffany Tavee (Gilbert, Ariz.), junior Alissa Kuczka (Phoenix, Ariz.), senior Erin Tone (Gilbert, Ariz.), sophomore Charmaine Erasmus and freshman Brooke Todare (Paradise Valley, Ariz.). Freshman Louise Stahle (Lund, Sweden) will not travel to Honolulu as she is competing for Sweden in the Women's World Amateur Championships Oct. 20-23 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
THE FIELD: The field for the 2004 Kent Youel Invitational features Arizona State, Boise State, Cal State Northridge, Colorado, Denver, Fresno State, tournament host Hawaii, Indiana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Santa Clara, Southern Illinois, UC Irvine and UCLA.
ASU-HAWAII CONNECTIONS: Arizona State has connections to several people in the University of Hawaii athletics department. Head women's golf coach Ashley Adleta was a member of the Sun Devil women's golf team from 1991-94 where she was a part of two NCAA championship teams in 1993 and 1994. A 1994 ASU graduate, she spent the 1995 season as an administrative assistant in the program when ASU won its third consecutive NCAA title, while she was an assistant coach at ASU for the next six seasons. As an assistant coach, she was part of ASU's 1997 and 1998 national championship crowns.
Hawaii athletics director Herman Frazier is a 1977 graduate of Arizona State. An eight-time All-American, Frazier was the captain of ASU's 1977 NCAA championship track and field team and won NCAA titles in the 400-meter run and as a member of ASU's 4x100-meter relay team. He won an Olympic gold medal as a member of the United States' 4x400-meter relay team and a bronze medal in the 400-meter at the 1976 Olympics and was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team. Frazier worked in various capacities in ASU's athletic administration and served as the senior associate athletics director for business operations before leaving ASU in 2000 to become the athletics director at Alabama-Birmingham where he stayed until August of 2002.
Tom Sadler, Hawaii's associate athletics director for administrative services, also has Sun Devil ties, serving as an assistant AD for stadium management prior to going to Hawaii.
TOURNAMENT WINS: The Sun Devils have won the last two tournaments they've competed in, capturing the Price's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M., on Oct. 4-5 and the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate in Palo Alto, Calif., on Oct. 15-17. The win in New Mexico gave the Sun Devils their first tournament title since the team captured the San Jose State Spartan Invitational in the spring of 2000, while the Stanford title gave ASU its first back-to-back tournament victories since the Sun Devils won the 1998 NCAA title and then opened the following season with a victory at the 1998 Japan TOPY Cup. Prior to this year, ASU had not won consecutive tournaments in the same season since the Sun Devils captured the 1997 NCAA West Regional and the 1997 NCAA Championship.
LAST TIME OUT: Arizona State won its second consecutive tournament Sunday, capturing a five-stroke victory at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate held Oct. 15-17 at the par 70, 5,853-yard Stanford Golf Course. ASU finished with a three-round total of 12-over 852 to top second-place finisher Pepperdine by five strokes (857).
Individually, three Sun Devils finished in the top 10 at Stanford, led by freshman Louise Stahle who tied for second with a three-under total of 207 (70-67-70). Sophomore Tiffany Tavee tied for sixth with a total of two-over 212 (71-72-69) for her second consecutive top 10 finish, while junior Alissa Kuczka turned in her best finish of the year with a tie for 10th at four-over 214 (71-72-71). Senior Erin Tone tied for 20th with a three-round total of 219 (70-71-78), while sophomore Charmaine Erasmus finished in a tie for 73rd (81-74-79=234).
IN THE RANKINGS: Arizona State moved up to eighth in the Oct. 7 Golf World coaches poll. The Sun Devils are also ranked sixth in the Oct. 18 Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Freshman Louise Stahle, a second-team preseason Golfweek All-American, is second in the Golfweek individual rankings, while sophomore Tiffany Tavee is ranked 38th individually.
2004-05 ASU STROKE AVERAGES:Name App Top 10 Rounds Strokes Avg. LowCharmaine Erasmus 3 1 9 685 76.11 73Alissa Kuczka 3 1 9 663 73.69 71Louise Stahle 3 3 9 632 70.22 66Tiffany Tavee 3 2 9 655 72.78 67Brooke Todare 2 0 6 481 80.17 75Erin Tone 1 0 3 219 73.00 70
Team Appearances: 3 Rounds: 9Total Strokes: 2,613 Stroke Average: 290.33Top 10 Finishes: 3 Top 5 Finishes: 3Tournament Wins: 2
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 Kent Youel Invitational, the Sun Devils will wrap up the fall season Nov. 14-16 at the Match Play Championship in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
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