Gaston Named WGCA West Region Coach Of The Year|
May 29, 2015
Andrea Gaston, in her 19th year as USC's women's golf head coach, was named the WGCA West Region Coach of the Year while juniors Annie Park and Kyung Kim and sophomore Gabriella Then were named WGCA All-American second teamers Friday (May 29).
Gaston led the Trojans to five wins this season and an appearance in the NCAA Championships match play semifinals, where USC fell to eventual champion Stanford. Gaston's USC squad finished first in the NCAA Championships' 72-hole stroke play tournament to earn the top seed in the eight-team match play event. The semifinal appearance extended USC's amazing streak of NCAA top 5 finishes to 10. Among USC's five wins was the 2015 NCAA St. George (Utah) Regional, their 11th regional win and sixth in a row - both national records.
Park and Kim each earned their third All-American honors. Both were All-American first teamers as freshmen and sophomores. It is the first All-American honor for Then.
Park led USC in stroke average (for those that competed in at least five of the team's 13 events) for a third straight season at 72.78 and had a team-high six rounds in the 60s. Park, who is foregoing her senior season to turn professional, finishes her Trojan career has the program's all-time leader in wins (six) and is tied for second for career rounds in the 60s with 21.
Park, who had four top 5 finishes, including one win, already owned USC's top two best season stroke averages and her 72.78 this year was 18th best.
Kim was second on the team in stroke average (73.17) this year and she finished the season with six top 14 finishes, including one fourth and a pair of ties for seventh.
Then led USC at the NCAA Championships with a tie for 10th at 7-over 295 (75-74-73-73), her sixth top 10 finish of the season, and her stroke average (73.37) and rounds in the 60s (four) were career bests. She tied for first at the UCI Invitational at 5-under 211 (70-68-73) before falling in a five-hole playoff. She also led USC in its win at the NCAA Regional, where she was fourth at 4-over 217 (74-76-67), including a career-best in the final round.