No. 2 USC Set For Challenging NCAA Albuquerque Regional|
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.
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 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.
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USC’s Match Play Records