Trojan Seniors, Degrees In Hand, Now Playing Professionally|
June 9, 2017
Less than three weeks after the USC women’s golf team reached the NCAA Championships semifinals for its national best 12th-straight top 5 finish, four Trojan seniors – with their USC degrees in hand – are pursuing their dreams on professional tours.
Seniors Gabriella Then, Victoria Morgan and Tiffany Chan were part of the Trojan squad that played in its national-best 20th straight NCAA Championships and qualified for the NCAA match play for the third straight year since the format started in 2015 -- one of only two teams to do it.
This week, Then and Morgan debut on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour at the Four Winds Invitational at the Blackhorn G.C. in South Bend, Ind. Also this week, Chan, a Hong Kong Olympian, makes her first pro appearance at the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open. Chan has status on the Symetra Tour as well.
The fourth Trojan to graduate last month is Karen Chung, who began her pro career in January after earning full status on the LPGA Tour via Q School in December. She was part of USC’s deep NCAA runs in 2014-16 before completing her Trojan career last fall.
While Morgan, the former walk-on turned All-American and Pac-12 All-Academic first teamer, already had her degree as a fifth-year senior (and began pursuit of a second undergraduate degree), Chung, Then and Chan all graduated this past May ahead of the start of their professional careers.
“I’m proud that our graduates all have the opportunity to compete on a professional tour this season to begin their careers and continue the pursuit of their dreams,” said Andrea Gaston, who just completed her 21st year at the helm of the USC women’s golf program. “We wish them all the best in this exciting adventure. I am equally excited that they all ‘finished what they started’ and earned their USC degrees. Their futures are bright and filled with options.”