Seven former Sun Devil golfers set for U.S. Women's Open

July 7, 2010

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Seven former members of the Arizona State University women's golf team will be competing this weekend at the U.S. Women's Open. Held at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa., the U.S. Open will be held July 8-11. Former Sun Devils competing include professional players Azahara">">Aza... Munoz, Anna">">Anna Nordqvist, Louise">">Louise Stahle, Wendy Ward and Heather Young. Juliana">">Ju... Murcia and Jennifer">">... Johnson will be playing as amateurs.

Munoz and Ward will tee off together at 8:17 a.m. Munoz currently leads the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race. With two top 10 finishes already in her first season on the LPGA tour, Munoz is 58th in the overall Rolex Rankings and has yet to miss a cut in her professional career. She graduated from ASU in May 2009 with a 3.98 GPA in psychology and was the first two-time recipient of the Edith Cummings Munson Award, given to the All-American with the highest GPA. During her four-years at ASU, the Spaniard won the 2008 NCAA Individual Championship and led ASU to their seventh NCAA team title in 2009.

While at ASU, Ward was known as one of the finest collegiate players of all time. She was a two-time Honda Award winner and a two-time Pac-10 Champion. Additionally, she led ASU to team titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995. After graduating with a degree in Business Management in 1995, Ward has had a stellar professional career earning four tournament wins. She was named to the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

Nordqvist finished second in last season's Rookie of the Year race. As a Sun Devil, Nordqvist received NGCA Freshman of the Year accolades and was a two-time first-team All-American. In 2009, she won her first major, the LPGA Championship, and the LPGA Tour Championship. She is currently sixth in the Rolex Rankings.

Like Nordqvist, Stahle was a NGCA Freshman of the Year selection and was ASU's most recent NGCA Player of the Year honoree. Stahle turned professional after her freshman season and put together her best season last year, earning $95,284 and finishing 90th on the money list. Heather Bowie Young competed for ASU for two seasons before transferring to Texas. While a Sun Devil, Bowie was a two-time First-Team All-American and helped lead ASU to two NCAA Championship titles.

Recent ASU graduate, Murcia, is set to tee off at 2:42 p.m. Murcia recently capped a successful collegiate career with First-Team All-American accolades. She carded four top-three performances in her final season with the Sun Devils and was a member of the 2009 NCAA Championship team. She graduated in May with a 3.8 in Sculpture and was honored with the Edith Cummings Munson award.

Johnson recently announced she would not be returning to ASU and is turning professional. In her lone year at ASU, Johnson put forth a stellar season and only finished out of the top 15 once. She was recognized as the NGCA Freshman of the Year and was named a First-Team All-American. She concluded her collegiate career with a runner-up performance at the NCAA Championships.

Tee times for Sun Devils at the U.S. Women's Open
Jennifer">">... Johnson 7 a.m.
Azahara">">Aza... Munoz 8:17 a.m.
Wendy Ward 8:17 a.m.
Louise">">Louise Stahle 9:01 a.m.
Anna">">Anna Nordqvist 1:14 p.m.
Juliana">">Ju... Murcia Ortiz 2:42 p.m.
Heather Young 1:25 p.m.

Beijing, broken down and explored

July 7, 2010

EDITOR'S NOTE: Throughout the summer, ASU students studying abroad will be writing back to the states about their overseas adventures. Fostering international student experiences is just one part of ASU's commitment to making a global impact.

Danica's blog:
This week I was able to escape some of my usual haunts – my host family’s house, our neighborhood, and the Beijing Language and Culture University campus – to explore a bit more of Beijing. Earlier in the week, for example, my older host brother and his girlfriend took me to the Olympic Green, which is basically a big park area constructed specifically for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. It is centered around the Beijing National Stadium, more commonly known as the "Bird's Nest," and is surrounded by multiple other stadiums and fields used during the Olympics. It is all lit up and very beautiful at night. Download Full Image

The following day I went with my classmates to the Capital Museum, a massive building filled with ancient coins, pottery, jade pieces, calligraphy, paintings and many other artifacts. A majority of the items in the museum were actually unearthed in Beijing so it was interesting to read about not only China's history, but Beijing's specifically. We spent almost 5 hours exploring the museum!

A couple friends and I also got to experience some of the "hutongs" of Beijing when we went to see a folk rock music concert outside of our district. A hutong is a type of ancient neighborhood specifically associated with Beijing. It is a narrow alley lined with traditional courtyard residences and although many have been destroyed, hutong culture is an important part of Beijing, so some are preserved. Down one of these alleys we spent our night at a great open-roofed music venue listening to a Chinese band called Slap. It was awesome to experience some of the underground music in Beijing.

Another cultural site I saw in Beijing this week is the well-known Forbidden City, a 980-building complex that served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors in China. It was so strange walking around the complex with thousands of other visitors, knowing that at one point in time only the most prestigious people in the country had been allowed inside.

At the Forbidden City we were met with many stares, heard a lot of muttering about "老外“ (foreigners), and even had people come directly up to us and ask to take our picture! You see, many of the visitors at the Forbidden City are from more rural areas in China so for some of them it is their first time seeing a foreigner. My classmates and I turned out to be as much of a spectacle as the cultural site, which was pretty interesting.

I had a great week exploring many different parts of Beijing, but now it's already time to buckle down for midterms, which are this Friday. The summer is going by so quickly!

Danica Harvey, an international letters and cultures major with an emphases in Chinese and economics, is a student in the Chinese Language Flagship Program and will be a junior this fall. She is studying abroad in China this summer.