No. 2 USC Set For Challenging NCAA Albuquerque Regional

    Senior Victoria Morgan
    May 4, 2017

    The No. 6 USC women's golf team, a three-time winner this year and a three-time NCAA champion, will pursue the program’s fourth national crown as the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Albuquerque (N.M.) Regional, Monday through Wednesday (May 8-10).

    Action begins at 6:30 a.m. PT each day. USC will tee off Monday at 8:09 a.m. PT along with No. 1 seed Stanford and No. 3 seed Duke.

    The Albuquerque Regional includes No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 USC, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Miami, No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 6 North Carolina State, No. 7 California, No. 8 Illinois, No. 9 Pepperdine, No. 10 Washington, No. 11 SMU, No. 12 Campbell, No. 13 Denver, No. 14 New Mexico State, No. 15 Cal Poly, No. 16 Cal State Sacramento, No. 17 Houston Baptist and No. 18 Texas Southern.

    NCAA ALBUQUERQUE REGIONAL INFO
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    There are 72 teams in four NCAA regionals with 18 schools at each site, set for three rounds of competition, May 8-10. The other sites include Scarlet Course/OSU Golf Course, in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by The Ohio State University; The Rawls Course, in Lubbock, Texas, hosted by Texas Tech University; and the University of Georgia Golf Course, in Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia.

    The top six teams plus the top three individuals from each field will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 19-24, hosted by Northern Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Illinois. After three rounds, the cut will be made to the top 15 teams and nine individuals. An individual champion will be named after the fourth round while the top eight teams will advance to match play quarterfinals and semifinals on May 23. The final is on May 24.

    Ten of the 11 Pac-12 schools with women’s golf teams earned NCAA regional bids (with Washington State qualifying an individual), including Stanford, the top seed in the Albuquerque regional. Cal and defending NCAA champion Washington are also in the regional.

     

     

    Under 21st-year head coach Andrea Gaston, the Trojans are coming off their 19th 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 play tournament.

    USC IN NCAA REGIONALS
    The Trojans, who have won seven straight NCAA regionals and 12 overall (which includes a tie last season) – both NCAA bests – as well as posting a national-leading 12 straight NCAA top 5 finishes, will look for their eighth consecutive regional win at on the University of New Mexico Championship Course, the same site of their 2008 NCAA title and their first visit back since the win … USC’s streak of six NCAA Regional top seeds came to end this year. The last time Troy was not a regional top seed was in 2010, when it was a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Central Regional, which the Trojans won … The Trojans have won an NCAA-best 12 regional titles, including seven in a row and in 10 of the past 11 seasons. The past 10 came in 2006 (Central), 2007 (Central), 2008 (West), 2010 (Central), 2011 (West), 2012 (Central), 2013 (West) and 2014 (West), 2015 (St. George Regional) and 2016 (Stanford Regional, tied for first). USC is looking to advance out of the NCAA Regional not only for the 20th year in a row but in its 26th consecutive NCAA appearance (the last 20 under Gaston).


    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
    Pac-12 Championships: Morgan-Then-Chan-He-Ree

    Notes
    - The Trojans have won 30 times in the last 57 tournaments dating back to the third event 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), five top 15 finishes and seven in the top 20. She has two rounds in the 60s to share team lead.
    - Sophomore Robynn Ree has six top 20 finishes (all in the top 17), including her win at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview, and seven in the top 22. She has a team-best two rounds in the 60s this year.
    - Ree leads the Trojans in stroke average (72.28), benefitted slightly by missing the windy and high-scoring Bruin Wave Invitational. Morgan is second (73.42) with senior Gabriella Then third (74.12).
    - Freshman Muni He, who joined the Trojans at the start of the spring semester, 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 and has not finished outside the top 30 in any start.

    Rankings
    - Victoria Morgan is ranked 18 by Golfstat and 44th by Golfweek.
    - Robynn Ree is ranked 19th by Golfweek and 21st by Golfstat.
    - Muni He is ranked 25th by Golfweek. Has not played enough rounds to be ranked on Golfstat.
    - Allisen Corpuz is ranked 66th by Golfstat and 97th by Golfweek.
    - Gabriella Then is ranked 72nd by Golfstat and 85th by Golfweek.
    - Tiffany Chan is ranked 110th by Golfweek. Has not played enough rounds to be ranked on Golfstat.

    USC’s Match Play Records
    - Tiffany Chan is 9-1 and won her first seven matches.
    - Gabriella Then is 7-2-1 and won her last seven matches.
    - Allisen Corpuz is 7-2-1 and won her first five matches.
    - Muni He is 6-3.
    - Victoria Morgan is 4-4-2.
    - Robynn Ree is 2-0-1.