News & ToursJuly 21, 2010

ASU women holding walk-on qualifier

Just how quickly do things change in the college golf world? Consider the Arizona State women's golf team, which this week posted on its Facebook page that they would be holding a walk-on qualifier for all enrolled ASU students Aug. 30 at ASU's Karsten Course (1 p.m. if you're interesting in giving it a shot).

Recall the following chronology:

  • In May 2009, __Melissa Luellen'__s crew wins the NCAA title after several years of strong teams stumbling at nationals.

  • Last fall, the Sun Devils have a roster of nine and are considered contenders to repeat as national champs.

  • After finishing fourth at CC of Landfall in May 2010, the roster turns over with senior Juliana Murcia graduating and two others, Rebecca Schneider and Marie Simonsen deciding to transfer (Schneider, a walk-on, went to a school where she received a scholarship offer). Meanwhile, Luellen chose not to invite Alessia Knight and Larissa Eruera back for 2010-11, dismissing them for violating team rules.

  • In June, Jennifer Johnson announces that rather than return to Tempe for the start of her sophomore season in the fall, she is turning pro.

Luellen, now with three players left in Carlota Ciganda,Jaclyn Sweeney and Giulia Molinaro,  has__Laura Blanco__ signed to a letter of intent and trying to be ready to enroll for the fall. Two other players are expected to arrive in January as well, filling out the roster for the spring semester but making the walk-on try out logical alternative for the fall.

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