No. 2 USC To Open Season At Annika Intercollegiate|
Sept. 25, 2015
The No. 2 USC women’s golf team, led by senior three-time All-American Kyung Kim and junior All-Americans Gabriella Then and Karen Chung and coming off its 10th straight NCAA Championships top 5 finish, kick off the 2015-16 season at the Annika Intercollegiate, Sept. 27-29, at the Reunion Resort’s Watson Course in Orlando, Fla.
The 54-hole event will include USC, Arkansas, Arizona, Duke, LSU, defending champion South Carolina, 2015 NCAA champion Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCF, UCLA and Washington. Results will be available at Golfstat.com.
The Trojans return seven golfers from last year's team, including four who helped Troy reach the 2015 NCAA Championships match play semifinals in the first year the NCAA title was not decided by stroke play. USC finished atop the field after 72 holes of stroke play and won its quarterfinal match against Washington but fell to eventual winner Stanford in the semifinals.
Kim, Then, Chung and sophomore Amy Lee are USC’s returning quartet who played in last year’s NCAA Championships while Kim is the last Trojan left on the squad who was part of the Trojans’ 2013 NCAA title team, the program’s third. Other returning veterans include seniors Victoria Morgan and Kim Santiago and junior Elizabeth Doty.
USC, under 20th-year coach Andrea Gaston, welcomes three talented newcomers who will all challenge for playing time, including junior college transfer Tiffany Chan and freshmen Robynn Ree and Isabel Ji.
Chan, originally from Hong Kong, won back-to-back NJACC national individual titles in her two years at Daytona State College while leading her school to the 2014 national title as a freshman. Ree was the third-ranked player in last year’s senior class while Ji, from China, brings tremendous international experience to the team.
USC’s lineup for the season-opening event will include Then, Chung, Chan, Ree and Morgan.
Kim begins her senior year tied for second on USC's career chart in rounds in the 60s (21), one out of first, to go with three career wins (tied for sixth). She is also fourth on USC's career stroke average chart at 72.53, second among Trojans who have played at least three seasons.