No. 2 USC Stays Local To Play In Inaugural Gifford Great 8 Collegiate Match Play

    March 9, 2017

    The No. 2 USC women’s golf team, a two-time winner this season, will try its hand at the first match-play event on the schedule this year at the Gifford Great 8 Collegiate Match Play, Monday and Tuesday, at the Brentwood (Calif.) C.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. Troy then opened the spring season with a win at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

    Gifford Great 8 Collegiate Match Play
    The inaugural event hosted by UCLA features No. 1 seed USC, No. 2 seed UCLA, No. 3 seed Georgia, No. 4 seed Purdue, No. 5 seed Ohio State, No. 6 seed Colorado, No. 7 seed Oregon and No. 8 seed Oregon State. Seedings were based on a combined national ranking of the Golfstat and Golfweek rankings as of March 8. Results will be available hereM. USC was 8-2 in match play competition last season.

    Tournament Schedule

    Monday, March 13 - Quarterfinals
    #1 Tee - Match 1 - 8:30 a.m.-9:10 a.m. Tee Times - USC (#1 seed) vs. Oregon State (#8 seed)
    #10 Tee - Match 2 - 8:30 a.m.-9:10 a.m. Tee Times - Purdue (#4 seed) vs. Ohio State (#5 seed)
    #1 Tee - Match 3 - 9:20 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Tee Times - UCLA (#2 seed) vs. Oregon (#7 seed)
    #10 Tee - Match 4 - 9:20 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Tee Times - Georgia (#3 seed) vs. Colorado (#6 seed)
    Monday, March 13 - Semifinals (Championship Bracket)
    #1 Tee - Match 5 - approx. 12:30 p.m.-1:10 p.m. Tee Times - Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2
    #1 Tee - Match 6 - approx. 1:20 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Tee Times - Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4
    Monday, March 13 - Consolation Bracket
    #10 Tee - Match 7 - approx. 12:30 p.m.-1:10 p.m. Tee Times - Loser Match 1 vs. Loser Match 2
    #10 Tee - Match 8 - approx. 1:20 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Tee Times - Loser Match 3 vs. Loser Match 4
    Tuesday, March 14
    #1 Tee - 3rd-Place Match - 8:00 a.m.-8:40 a.m. Tee Times - Loser Match 5 vs. Loser Match 6
    #10 Tee - 7th-Place Match - 8:00 a.m.-8:40 a.m. Tee Times - Loser Match 7 vs. Loser Match 8
    #1 Tee - Championship Match - 8:50 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Tee Times - Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6
    #10 Tee - 5th-Place Match - 8:50 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Tee Times - Winner Match 7 vs. Winner Match 8

     

     

    In addition to the team matches, three individuals from UCLA and one each from Georgia, Ohio State and USC will be taking part in an individual round-robin match play tournament.


    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
    Bruin Wave Invitational: Morgan-Then-Chan-He-Corpuz

    Notes
    - The Trojans have won 25 of their past 44 outings, 28 in the last 48 and 29 in the last 49 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.
    - Senior Victoria Morgan has a team-best three top 10 finishes this year (all in the top 8) and four top 15 finishes.
    - Sophomore Robynn Ree has a team-best five top 20 finishes (all in the top 17), including her win at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview.
    - Ree has a team-best two rounds in the 60s this year.
    - Sophomore Robynn Ree leads the Trojans in stroke average (71.57), benefitted slightly by missing the windy and high-scoring Bruin Wave Invitational. Morgan is second (72.64) with senior Gabriella Then third (72.64).
    - Freshman Muni He has had a solid start to her Trojan career, first tying for 24th at 6-over 219 (78-71-70) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and posting USC’s best combined final 36 holes. She then was USC’s low scorer at the Bruin Wave, tying for seventh at 6-over 225 (73-78-74).
    - Ree is ranked ninth by Golfweek.com. Morgan is 27th, Then 37th, Allisen Corpuz 95th. Chan and He have yet to play enough rounds this season to be ranked.

    EVENT RECAPS

    ANNIKA INTERCOLLEGIATE
    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).

    STANFORD INTERCOLLEGIATE
    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).

    PAC-12 PREVIEW
    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).

    NORTHROP GRUMMAN REGIONAL CHALLENGE
    Senior Tiffany Chan and freshman Muni He each birdied their final holes while seniors Victoria Morgan and Gabriella Then also had late birdies as the No. 2 USC women's golf team came from behind to win the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Feb. 14 at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C. USC won its spring opener at 4-over 856 (285-282-289), a tournament record and one better than second-place Arizona State, whose final-round 282 was the only round under par today. Duke finished third at 7-over 859 and Florida, which started the day with a two-stroke lead over Troy and which held the lead late, dropped to fourth at 8-over 860. The win is the Trojans' second this season, the fourth overall at the Northrop Grumman and the first at the event since capturing the tourney in 2014. Morgan finished as USC's low scorer at par 213 (70-72-71), tied for seventh and her second top 7 result in a row. The senior shook off a bogey on 17 with a clutch birdie on 18 before finishing with a par on 1 in the shotgun start. Sophomore Robynn Ree, who entered the final round just one back of first, had an off day but still tied for 14th at 3-over 216 (68-70-78), her fifth top 17 finish in as many starts this season.

    BRUIN WAVE INVITATIONAL
    Freshman Muni He tied for seventh while senior Victoria Morgan tied for 15th to lead the No. 2 USC women's golf team to third place on Feb. 28 to complete a challenging three rounds at the Bruin Wave Invitational at the San Luis Obispo (Calif.) C.C. The Trojans finished at 37-over 913 (300-307-306), 11 back of top-ranked Stanford and 10 shy of No. 9 UCLA for its fourth top 3 finish this season in five starts, which includes two wins. He, in her second start, led the Trojans at 6-over 225 (73-78-74) and birdied two late holes to secure her first top 10 finish. Morgan closed at 12-over 231 (77-79-75) for her third straight top 15. Senior Gabriella Then tied for 22nd at 14-over 233 (75-74-84), senior Tiffany Chan tied for 31st at 17-over 236 (75-81-80) and freshman Allisen Corpuz tied for 42nd at 20-over 239 (86-76-77).