Feb. 10, 2017
The No. 2 USC women’s golf team, a one-time winner this fall, shakes out the winter cobwebs this week as it returns to action locally at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Sunday through Tuesday (Feb. 12-14), at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C.
Under 21st-year head coach Andrea Gaston, the Trojans are coming off their 20th consecutive season reaching the NCAA Championships and the 11th straight year posting an NCAA top 5 finish. The Trojans won the ANNIKA Intercollegiate to open the season while sophomore Robynn Ree won USC’s first individual title this season in the fall-ending Nanea Pac-12 Preview.
Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge
The 16-team field is broken down into three five-team regions plus a three-woman Wake Forest squad. The Central region includes Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, UNLV and Oklahoma State. The East features Duke, Florida, Northwestern, Tennessee and host Ohio State while the West includes USC, UCLA, defending NCAA champion Washington, San Diego State and California.
The tournament crowns a five-team Regional winner as well as a team and individual champion. Results will be available here.
USC last won the event in 2014 at a combined 14-over 866 while then sophomore Annie Park ran away with the individual title at 6-under 207, Troy’s best individual effort at the event and one off the tournament record. The Trojans have won it three times overall.
The 2016-17 Trojans
USC features a six-woman roster with four players from last year, including senior Tiffany Chan
and sophomore Robynn Ree
, who both earned WGCA All-American second team honors in 2015-16 while. Chan and Ree finished the season as co-leaders in stroke average (71.97), tying for eighth on USC’s all-time season chart. Chan posted five top 10 finishes, including three in a row – all in the postseason – to close the year, and had seven top 14 results to go with five rounds in the 60s. Ree finished the season with four top 10 finishes and eight in the top 17. She led USC in three of 10 events and won once.
Chan and senior Gabriella Then both earned NCAA All-Stanford Regional Team honors. Chan, Chung and Ree all earned All-Pac-12 first team notice while Then earned honorable mention honors. Then had five top 20s as a junior last year and finished fourth on the team in stroke average at 72.48. Senior Victoria Morgan played in two events as a true senior (she is back as a redshirt senior), including a start in USC’s win at the SDSU March Mayhem at the Farms.
Joining the quartet of returning players are 2017 freshman Allisen Corpuz, a three-time AJGA All-American who saw action this fall, and 2017 freshman and spring enrollee Muni He, a 2016 Rolex Junior All-American first teamer who reached the round of 64 in both the 2016 U.S. Women's Amateur as well as the 2016 U.S. Girls' Junior.
The Trojans lost the services of senior All-American Karen Chung, who has turned pro at the end of the 2016 fall semester after she earned full status on the LPGA Tour through qualifying school.
EVENT-BY-EVENT STARTING LINEUPS
ANNIKA Intercollegiate: Chan-Then-Chung-Morgan-Ree
Windy City Collegiate Classic: Morgan-Chung-Then-Ree-Corpuz
Stanford Intercollegiate: Morgan-Ree-Corpuz-Doty
Pac-12 Preview (individual only): Ree-Corpuz-Doty
Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge: Morgan-Ree-Then-Chan-He
- The Trojans have won 24 of their past 42 outings, 27 in the last 46 and 28 in the last 48 dating back to the third tournament in the fall of 2012.
- The season-opening win at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate is USC’s third season-opening victory in its last four seasons.
Sophomore Robynn Ree fired a 5-under 67, senior Karen Chung turned in a 4-under 68 and senior Victoria Morgan completed her best career event with a 2-under 70 as the No. 2 USC women’s golf team erased a 13-stroke final-round deficit to win the season-opening ANNIKA Intercollegiate on Sept. 27 at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Trojans, which won the event in 2015 at a school-record 36-under, weren’t quite as sharp this week but put it all together in a superb 12-under final round to win at 24-under 840 (279-285-276), two better than second-place Arkansas and four better than third-place UCLA. The Bruins entered the final round 13 strokes better than USC while Arkansas was 11 ahead of Troy. USC put some pressure on the field with a 5-under front 9 and took over the lead with a combined 7-under back 9, including eight birdies between 13 and 17. Morgan accounted for two of those on 14 and 17, as she went on to tie for eighth at 7-under 209 (69-70-70). Her three rounds are her best three as a Trojan and the top 10 mark is her highest collegiate finish in a full team event. Ree, who finished second last year by one stroke behind Chung, posted a six-birdie, one-bogey final round to tie for 17th at 4-under 212 (73-72-67). She joined seniors Tiffany Chan (67-72-73) and Gabriella Then (70-71-71) at 4-under.
WINDY CITY COLLEGIATE
Seniors Gabriella Then and Karen Chung each posted top 10 finishes while freshman Allisen Corpuz and sophomore Robynn Ree turned in top 20 results to lead the No. 3 USC women’s golf team to a third-place finish at the 2016 Windy City Collegiate Classic on Oct. 4. The Trojans, who were looking for their second straight win to start the season as well as their third win in four years in Chicago, fell five strokes short, combining for a 54-hole 5-under 859 (281-287-291). Then led USC with a tie for fourth at 4-under 212 (68-72-72) while Chung finished ninth at 2-under 214 (71-70-73). Then went out at 1-over today and was 3-over through 11 before closing with birdies on 13, 15 and 16 to get to even for the day and back into the top 10. Chung was 3-over through 7 but knocked in birdies on 8 and 13 for her top 10. Corpuz (72-70-75), in her debut event for the Trojans, joined Ree (71-75-71) in a tie for 16th at 1-over 217. Ree finished 1-under in the final round with four birdies. Senior Victoria Morgan tied for 32nd at 5-over 221 (71-75-75).
Severe rain storms forced the cancellation of the Stanford Intercollegiate third round on Oct. 16 at the Stanford G.C. after a handful of holes, wiping out early scores as Saturday's results after 36 holes become final with the USC women's golf team tying for fourth. The Trojans, who played the event without three seniors starters, finished Saturday's action at a combined 22-over 590 (292-288). UCLA wins at 4-over 572. Senior Victoria Morgan officially ties for fifth at 1-over 143 (73-70) while sophomore Robynn Ree ties for eighth at 2-over 144 (70-74). Freshman Allisen Corpuz ties for 38th at 9-over 151 (74-77) while senior Elizabeth Doty ties for 45th at 10-over 152 (75-77).
The Trojans couldn’t field a team this week at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview with over half the roster playing in the LPGA’s Q School, but sophomore Robynn Ree was still able to add to USC’s growing trophy collection by winning the individual title at 6-under 213 on Oct. 25 at the Nanea G.C. in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Ree, one of three Trojans who played individually yesterday and today, began the day tied for first at 3-under and turned in another strong outing for her second collegiate win, outlasting the Pac-12 field. With a start on 11, she was even for the round when she birdied 18 to join the lead pack at 4-under. Birdies on 3 and 6 moved her out in front alone at 6-under, where was able to finish and hold off second-place Mariel Galdiano of UCLA (4-under) and Stanford’s Albane Valenzuela (3-under). The win marked Ree’s fourth straight top 17 finish this fall, two in the top 10. Freshman Allisen Corpuz, in a Hawaii homecoming, albeit on a neighboring island, tied for 13th at 3-over 222 (70-79-73) for her second top 20 finish the fall. Senior Elizabeth Doty rounded out USC’s three-woman contingent in Hawaii, finishing 49th at 18-over 237 (79-79-79).