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Sun Devil golfers compete for US Women's Open title

July 05, 2012

The Arizona State women's golf team is well represented at the 2012 U.S. Women's Open, held July 5-8. One of the four major championships of the LPGA, the tournament is held at the par-72, 6,954-yard Blackwolf Run Course in Kohler, Wisc.

A list of the recent marquee players from ASU will compete for the largest purse in professional women's golf, at $3.25 million. Coming off a second-place finish last week at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, 2008 NCAA Champion Azahara Munoz is looking for her first LPGA major victory. In May, the former 2010 LPGA Rookie of the Year, took home her first LPGA title with a win at the Sybase Match Play Championship.

Also competing for the major title is Anna Nordqvist, the 2007 Pac-12 Golfer of the Year. With two-career tour victories under her belt, the 2007 NGCA Freshman of the Year is seeking the elusive major championship. Another recipient of the top freshman honor, Jennifer Johnson is competing for a chance at the title. Johnson, who was named Freshman of the Year in 2010, took second place at the NCAA Championships that season.

A rookie professional on the Ladies European Tour, two-time Pac-12 Champion Carlota Ciganda is also tackling the elite field. Ciganda took home her first LET Tournament victory last month, winning the Deloitte Ladies Open in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

In US Open History, Sun Devil great JoAnne Gunderson-Carner won the event in both 1971 and 1976 and is one of only 14 golfers to take home multiple medalist honors.