May 16, 2017
2017 Women's Golf NCAA Notes
The No. 6 USC women's golf team, a three-time winner this year and a three-time NCAA champion, has its sights set on the program's fourth national crown as it readies for the 2017 NCAA Championships, May 19-24, at Rich Harvest Farms G.C. in Sugar Grove, Ill.
For the third year in a row, the NCAA women's golf team champion will be decided in a combination of stroke and match play. The 24 teams will compete in 72 holes of stroke play, the top 15 advancing to a final round (May 22), where the individual winner will be determined as well. The top eight teams after 72 holes will be seeded into a match-play format. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be held on May 23 and the final will be May 24.
USC, under 21st-year head coach Andrea Gaston and making their 20th consecutive appearance in the NCAA final field, will tee off with Florida State and Arizona State in the first round on May 19 at 12 p.m. (CT) off the 1st tee and also pair with those squads on May 20, off of 10 at 7:30 a.m. CT. Live results will be available at Golfstat.com.
Golf Channel will provide live coverage of the final stroke play round on May 22 from 3-7 p.m. (CT). It will also cover the May 23 quarterfinals live from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CT), the semifinals that day from 3-7p.m. (CT) and the final on May 24 from 3-7 p.m. (CT).
USC NCAA Championships History
* USC has won three NCAA titles -- spread out five years apart -- in 2003, 2008 and 2013. USC is one of only five schools with at least three NCAA team titles. Arizona State has seven, Duke has six while USC, San Jose State and UCLA have three. The Trojans finished 21 strokes better than Duke in 2013 (the biggest margin at the NCAA Championships since Arizona won by the same amount in 2000), six strokes ahead of UCLA in 2008 and were 15 strokes better than second-place Pepperdine in 2003.
* This is USC's 30th overall NCAA Championship final appearance and 20th in a row, the current streak all coming under 21st-year head coach Andrea Gaston.
* In addition to winning three titles, the Trojans have finished second five times (2014, 2012, 2010, 2006 and 1994) and also finished third in 2015 (tied for third after a semifinal loss in match play), 2009 and 1986, fourth in 2007, 2000 and 1987, fifth in 1993 and tied for fifth in 2011 and 2016 (tied for fifth after a quarterfinal loss in match play).
* USC has a national-best streak of 11 straight top 5 finishes. USC's combined 17 NCAA top 5 finishes are tied with conference rival Arizona State for the most nationally.
* USC is 1-2 in the NCAA match play format since it started two years ago. It beat Washington in the quarterfinals in 2015 before falling to eventual champion Stanford. Last year, USC lost to Duke in the quarterfinals.
* USC recently finished in the top 2 in the stroke play standings four years in a row (2012-2015) before a third in 2016. USC has finished in stroke play top 2 in five of the past seven years, including the NCAA title in 2013 and a first in 2015 -- the first season when the champion was decided in the match play format. It has also finished in the top 3 in stroke play in eight of the past nine years.
* The Trojans' second-place finishes in 2010 (Purdue, one stroke), 2012 (Alabama, one stroke) and 2014 (Duke, two strokes) were by a combined four strokes.
* USC has won five NCAA individual titles, including Jennifer Rosales in 1998, Mikaela Parmlid in 2003 (in a one-hole playoff), Dewi Claire Schreefel in 2006, Annie Park in 2013 and Doris Chen in 2014. The last school to post back-to-back individual titles was Duke in 2001-02. No school has won it three straight years and no player has won it twice.
* USC's five individual titles are tied for the most with Arizona State. In addition to its five individual champions, USC players have posted 10 other top five finishes. Jennifer Song (2009) was second, Paola Moreno (2007) tied for second, Irene Cho (2003), Candie Kung (2001) and Dana Arnold (1990) all tied for third, Jill McGill (1994) and Belen Mozo (2008) finished fourth, Rosales tied for fourth (1999) and Leila Chartrand (2000) and Song (2010) tied for fifth.
* The NCAA title in 2008 was USC's fourth consecutive tournament win at the time, a then-first in program history.
* USC had five All-Americans in 2008 for the first time in school history (Dewi Claire Schreefel, Paola Moreno, Belen Mozo, Stefanie Endstrasser, Lizette Salas) while all five of USC's finishers at the 2013 NCAAs finished in the top 17.
* Rosales was 9-under par after three rounds in 1998 while Park did the same in 2013, tying for the best score in NCAA Championship history through three rounds with two others.
* USC's best combined round at an NCAA Championships is 270 in the final round in 2014. That score -- also a school record -- shattered the recently set mark of 276, set in the second round in 2013.
* Troy's best individual round at an NCAA Championships is 65 by Sophia Popov, also carded in the 2014 NCAA Championships final round. The previous best was a 66, carded by Rosales during her title run in 1998.
* The Trojans finished at 19-under 1133 (284-276-285-288) in their 2013 win, shattering the previous NCAA Championship record for most strokes under par, which was previously four (UCLA, 2004).
USC Advances Out Of NCAA Albuquerque Regional
Senior Victoria Morgan birdied three of her final four holes en route to a 74 while senior Gabriella Then wrapped with a 75 as the No. 6 USC women's golf team battled challenging winds to finish fourth at the 2017 NCAA Albuquerque (N.M.) Regional at the UNM Championship Course on May 10 and qualify for its 20th straight NCAA final. The Trojans finished at 20-over 884 (296-285-303) after a 15-over final round, their NCAA record regional win streak of seven coming to an end as Stanford won at 2-over 866. Also advancing from the Albuquerque Regional was second-place Duke (+9), third-place Pepperdine (+15) and fifth-place California (+24) and Miami (+24). Morgan tied for sixth at 1-over 217 (72-71-74) for her fourth top 10 finish this year thanks to a late three-birdie rally on 15, 16 and 18. Freshman Muni He tied for 18th at 5-over 221 (74-71-76) with two birdies, including a birdie on 16. Then tied for 27th at 8-over 224 (76-73-75), including an even back 9. Senior Tiffany Chan tied for 49th at 12-over 228 (74-74-80). Sophomore Robynn Ree finished the final round with a 78. Her first round was disqualified after she signed for an incorrect scorecard, so she did not have an official finish.
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
NCAA Albuquerque Regional: Morgan-Then-Chan-He-Ree
- The Trojans have won 30 times in the last 58 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 four top 10 finishes this year (all in the top 8), six top 15 finishes and eight 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 is tied for a team-best two rounds in the 60s this year.
- Ree leads the Trojans in stroke average (72.45), benefitted slightly by missing the windy and high-scoring Bruin Wave Invitational. Morgan is second (73.27) with senior Gabriella Then third (74.20).
- Freshman Muni He, who joined the Trojans at the start of the spring semester, has had a great and consistent 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, including a tie for 18th at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional.
- Victoria Morgan is ranked 16th by Golfstat and 36th by Golfweek.
- Robynn Ree is ranked 15th by Golfweek and 41st by Golfstat.
- Muni He is ranked 32nd by Golfweek. She has not played enough rounds to be ranked on Golfstat.
- Allisen Corpuz is ranked 69th by Golfstat and 96th by Golfweek.
- Gabriella Then is ranked 81st by Golfstat and 93rd by Golfweek.
- Tiffany Chan is ranked 130th by Golfweek and 110th by 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.