No. 6 USC Clinches 20th Straight Trip To NCAA Final Field|
May 10, 2017
Senior Victoria Morgan birdied three of her final four holes en route to a 74 while senior Gabriella Then wrapped with a 75 as the No. 6 USC women’s golf team battled challenging winds to finish fourth at the 2017 NCAA Albuquerque (N.M.) Regional at the UNM Championship Course on Wednesday (May 10) and qualify for its 20th straight NCAA final. The Trojans finished at 20-over 884 (296-285-303) after a 15-over final round, their NCAA record regional win streak of seven coming to an end as Stanford won at 2-over 866.
Also advancing from the Albuquerque Regional was second-place Duke (+9), third-place Pepperdine (+15) and fifth-place California (+24) and Miami (+24).
The top six teams plus the top three individuals from each of four NCAA Regionals advanced to the championship round, scheduled for May 19-24, hosted by Northern Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
“I’m really excited to see what our team can do under pressure,” Morgan said. “Coming down the stretch it could have gone either way. The team really stepped it up even though we weren't comfortable out there and didn't have our A games. It was a really emotional way to finish. As a senior, I couldn't be more excited for nationals."
Said USC Head Coach Andrea Gaston: “Today's conditions were as difficult as I've seen. With cold, blustery conditions, the team had to stay patient through the more difficult holes in the middle of the round. Thankfully we had a few clutch birdies down the home stretch by Victoria, Muni and Gabby that secured our position.”
Morgan tied for sixth at 1-over 217 (72-71-74) for her fourth top 10 finish this year thanks to a late three-birdie rally on 15, 16 and 18.
Freshman Muni He tied for 18th at 5-over 221 (74-71-76) with two birdies, including a birdie on 16. Then tied for 27th at 8-over 224 (76-73-75), including an even back 9. Senior Tiffany Chan tied for 49th at 12-over 228 (74-74-80).
Sophomore Robynn Ree finished today with a 78. Her first round was disqualified after she signed for an incorrect scorecard, so she did not have an official finish.