NEW YORK—The Arizona State women’s golf team opens up the fall season ranked fifth nationally in the GolfWorld/NGCA Division I Preseason coaches’ poll, announced today by GolfWorld Magazine. The Sun Devils received two of the 29 first-place votes. USC, who won the 2013 NCAA Title, enters the season ranked first in the nation.
ASU returns all five starters from its NCAA Championship line-up, where the Sun Devils place fifth overall and recorded the team’s highest finish since 2010. Noemi Jimenez, who earned second-team NGCA All-American honors and was named first-team All-Pac-12, returns for her junior campaign after a successful summer on the European tournament circuit. Jimenez finished 15th individually at the Ladies European Amateur and helped her home country of Spain to a second-place team finish.
The Sun Devils open the fall at the Dale McNamara/Fall Preview hosted by the University of Tulsa, Sept. 9-11 at Tulsa Country Club. Fourteen of the 15 teams competing in the tournament are ranked in the top-25 in the nation, including eight of the top-10. The tournament honors Dale McNamara, the four-time NCAA Champion and Hall of Fame golf coach who coached at Tulsa for 26 seasons. McNamara is also the mother of Arizona State head coach Melissa Luellen and coached Luellen to an individual and team NCAA Championship in 1988.