College Women

Sun Devils earn meaningful win at Dale McNamara

The Arizona State women with Dale McNamara (far right) after winning the tournament named in her honor.
The Arizona State women with Dale McNamara (far right) after winning the tournament named in her honor. ( Courtesy Arizona State Athletics )

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Arizona State’s victory Tuesday at the Dale McNamara Invitational was a meaningful one for head coach Melissa Luellen. The tournament’s namesake is her mother, a longtime Tulsa coach for whom Luellen played college golf.

The Sun Devils’ victory marks the first time they’ve won this event, which began three years ago. It’s the first tournament in which Arizona State has competed this season. A 2-over 866 total at the Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow, Okla., left the team three shots ahead of runner-up Florida.

Arizona State led after 36 holes. Junior Daniela Ordonez led the team with a 3-under 213 total that was good enough for a runner-up finish, and junior Laura Blanco chipped in with an even-par total that left her T-6.

The Dale McNamara was Florida’s second start of the fall after a season-opening win in a loaded Cougar Classic field. Sophomore Camilla Hedberg won the individual title that week, and senior Isabelle Lendl won in Broken Arrow. She shot rounds of 71-67-72 for a 6-under 210 total.

Oklahoma State was third while East Carolina and Coastal Carolina finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.