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Women's Golf Takes Fifth at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 05/24/2013
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May 24, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. – The Arizona State women’s golf team finished in fifth place at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., recording its best team finish since 2010. With gusting winds for the final round of competition, the Sun Devils were able to withstand the inclement weather to shoot 29-over 1181 (293-287-296-305) to finish top-five in the nation. Arizona State also has the most top-five finishes all-time with 16.

USC strong-armed the national title at 19-under par, a 21-shot victory over second-place Duke. ASU started out the tournament in ninth place only to ascend the leaderboard each day of competition.

“Finishing in the top-five was our goal coming into the week,” said head coach Melissa Luellen. “Today was pretty brutal, it did start out too well, but I’m proud of how the girls pulled together and fought hard towards the end. I’m very, very proud of their fight. Scoring wise, we could have done better, but to achieve your goal is a great accomplishment.”

Sophomore Noemi Jimenez led the Sun Devils individually tying for 10th and became Luellen’s 22nd NCAA All-American with her top-10 finish. Jimenez finished the NCAA Championships with a four-round total of 2-over 290 (73-68-72-77). The native Spaniard also earned All-Pac-12 first team honors and was the first Sun Devil since Louise Stahle in 2005 to win back-to-back individual titles earlier this season. 

“I think I [played] a very good tournament,” said Jimenez. “The conditions today were really tough. It’s the biggest tournament you can play in America, so it’s away from home and it’s another continent. It’s a huge tournament not only for me but also for my team. We made it here, and to play our best here...we did really good.”

Junior Justine Lee, who came off the course the day before with a frustrating round of 80 the day before, came through in the clutch for the Sun Devils in the final round. The 2012 honorable mention All-American shot a 1-over 73 through blustery conditions to pace the Sun Devils and keep them in contention for a top-five finish. Coming through the back nine, Lee record three-straight birdies on holes 12, 13 and 14 to give ASU a three-stroke swing. Lee had been sidelined for a large part of the season with a wrist injury.

Arizona State is a name synonymous with dominance in collegiate women's golf. In addition to holding records for the most championship appearances, Arizona State holds a monopoly on the NCAA Records book with a total of seven records.

The Sun Devils have won the most national championships in NCAA history with seven, including six in a span of eight years in the 1990's under then-head coach Linda Vollstedt.

5

Arizona State

293

287

296

305

1181

+29

T10

Noemi Jimenez (1)

73

68

72

77

290

+2

T32

Laura Blanco (2)

74

70

73

79

296

+8

T50

Justine Lee (4)

72

76

80

73

301

+13

T58

Daniela Ordonez (3)

74

74

77

77

302

+14

T93

Emilie Alonso (5)

81

75

74

78

308

+20

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