No. 2 USC To Finish Regular Season At Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic

    Junior Gabriella Then
    April 6, 2017

    The No. 2 USC women’s golf team, a three-time winner this season, will wrap up the 2016-17 regular season at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, Friday through Sunday (April 7-9), at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

    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 and later followed it with its second straight win at the SDSU March Mayhem match plat tournament.

    Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic
    The 12-team field includes USC, host No. 8 Georgia, No. 1 Alabama, No. 16 Arkansas, Auburn, Daytona State (the top ranked junior college team), Denver, No. 19 Oklahoma State, Old Dominion, No. 22 Purdue, No. 11 South Carolina and Troy.

    Teams will play 18 holes of stroke play Friday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET. The top eight teams will head into a champions bracket while the bottom four will play in a consolation bracket. Schools will play two match play matches on Saturday and one on Sunday.

    USC won the tournament in 2014 and 2015 and finished third last year. Results will be available here. USC is 5-1 in match play action this year and was 8-2 in match play competition last season.


    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
    Gifford Great 8: Morgan-Then-Chan-He-Ree
    SDSU March Mayhem: Morgan-Then-Chan-He-Corpuz
    Liz Murphey Collegiate: Morgan-Then-Chan-He-Corpuz

    Notes
    - The Trojans have won 26 of their past 46 outings, 29 in the last 50 and 30 in the last 51 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 great 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). He followed that with a tie for first at 4-under 68 in the single-round triangular with Pepperdine and Northwestern
    - Ree is ranked 10th by Golfweek.com. Then 41st, Morgan is 56th, Chan is 105th and Allisen Corpuz is 131st. He has yet to play enough rounds this season to be ranked.