ASU Golfers Munoz and Nordqvist to Compete at the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships

Oct. 16, 2006

By Maggie EmmonsASU Media Relations

While the women's golf team continues to practice and prepare for its next tournament, two of its best golfers are noticeably absent from their weekly routine. Eleventh-ranked freshman Anna Nordqvist and sophomore All-American Azahara Munoz are currently overseas in Cape Town, South Africa, competing in the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships.

Nordqvist, who led Arizona State in the first two tournaments of the fall season, is the top amateur women's golfer from Sweden and was chosen to represent her country at the World Amateur. She was named back-to-back Swedish Player of the year in 2004 and 2005. She was also named Swedish Amateur of the Year in 2005. In 2006 she placed second at the British Amateur Championship and in 2005 won the Girls' British Open. Nordqvist has already proven to be a formidable collegiate opponent finishing one stroke short of first place at the season-opening Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational.

Anna Nordqvist.

Similarly, Munoz was chosen to represent her home country of Spain. Like Nordqvist she is one of the top golfers from her country. Munoz is coming off of a stellar freshman campaign in which she finished in the top 10 three times and earned All-America honors. She was also named by Golf World as the best returning player for the Sun Devils. As a player in Spain, Munoz won the 2004 Girls' British Open Championship and finished second at the event in 2005. She also missed a first place finish by one stroke at the 2005 Thunderbird International Junior by just one stroke.

To those in the golf community, the World Amateur is often referred to as the Olympics for the sport of golf. Held once every two years, the event positions 48 different teams against one another to compete for the Espirito Santo Trophy and the distinction of being, theoretically, the best team in the world. Each team consists of the respective countries top three players. Each country has different ways in which it goes about choosing their squads. Some base their decisions on a point system, while others go purely on rankings. Nordqvist and Munoz were chosen based on their rankings.

Both Sweden and Spain are noted for their excellence in golf. Sweden returns to the World Amateur as the defending champion. In 2004, ASU golfer Louise Stahle competed for Sweden finishing tied for ninth. Spain placed eighth overall.

'Sweden, Spain and the U.S. are probably the three teams that compete at the highest level and they will be fighting to win,' said ASU head coach Melissa Luellen. 'It is an honor and a thrill to have two of the best players from two of the best countries on our team.'

The World Amateur takes place Oct. 18-21 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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