Victories in California and Arizona have quickly put the Sun Devils on the launching pad, with high hopes for the rest of the spring season. Arizona State head coach Melissa Luellen is in her fourth year overseeing the program and might very well have her best collection of players. This being said, just think how good this group could be if Louise Stalhe would have returned to school after her sensational first season. The national freshman and player of the year, Stahle decided her game was ready for the next level, and is currently competing on the LPGA Tour.
If Stahle was still in Tempe, it is very likely this would be the team to beat. But with no reason to speculate about what ifs, this collection of young women are no longer relying on one of the nations best players to post a low number. They are simply going about business as usual, and are doing so in spectacular fashion.
In my opinion, Luellen is the perfect person to be in charge of this program, which has so much history. A former LPGA player, Luellen is the type of coach who will get the best out of her student-athletes.
While it may seem difficult to consider, the Sun Devils might be in better shape without a superstar leading the way. They have certainly shown the ability to take care of business without the likes of a Louise Stahle. Only time will tell how this pans out come late May in Columbus, Ohio, but if the early results in February are any indication, Arizona State will be high on the list of favorites at the National Championships.
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