No. 3 USC Set For Windy City Collegiate Classic After Season-Opening Win

    Senior Gabriella Then
    Sept. 30, 2016

    The No. 3 USC women’s golf team, which returns four of its starters from a team that reached the NCAA Championships semifinals last year before promptly winning its 2016-17 season-opener, continues the fall season at the 2016 Windy City Collegiate Classic, Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 3-4), at the Glen View Club in Chicago.

    Under 21st-year head coach Andrea Gaston, the Trojans are coming off their 20th consecutive season reaching the NCAA Championships and the 11th straight year posting an NCAA top 5 finish.

    The Trojans, who won the ANNIKA Intercollegiate last week for the second year in a row by overcoming a final-round 13-stroke deficit, have won the Windy City Collegiate in two out of the past three seasons, posting victories in 2013 and 2014. USC was fifth at the Windy City Collegiate in 2015. Senior Karen Chung was USC’s top finisher there last year, tying for second at 7-under 209 (68-71-70)

    Joining Chung this week in the starting lineup in Chicago will be fellow seniors Gabriella Then and Victoria Morgan as well as sophomore Robynn Ree and freshman Allisen Corpuz, who is making her debut as a Trojan. Senior Elizabeth Doty will play individually. Senior Tiffany Chan is not playing this week after recent back-to-back events.

    Teams will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday, both starting at 5:30 a.m. PT.



    In addition to host Northwestern and USC, the Windy City field includes Arizona, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Iowa State, , Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Purdue, Stanford, Tulane, Vanderbilt. Results for the event will be available at here.

    The 2016-17 Trojans
    Chan and Ree both earned WGCA All-American second team honors in 2015-16 while Chung earned honorable mention honors. 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. Chung finished third on the squad with a career best stroke average of 72.29 which tied for the 14th best season effort on USC’s career chart. She had four top 10s on the season.

    Chan and 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. 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 starting five this year on this year’s roster are senior Elizabeth Doty and highly touted freshman Allisen Corpuz, a three-time AJGA All-American.

    ANNIKA Intercollegiate: Chan-Then-Chung-Morgan-Ree
    Windy City Collegiate Classic: Morgan-Chung-Then-Ree-Corpuz

    - With its season-opening victory, the Trojans have won 24 of their past 41 outings, 27 in the last 45 and 28 in the last 47 dating back to the third tournament in the fall of 2012.
    - The season-opening win at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate is also USC’s third season-opening victory in its last four seasons.


    Sophomore Robynn Ree fired a 5-under 67, senior Karen Chung turned in a 4-under 68 and senior Victoria Morgan completed her best career event with a 2-under 70 as the No. 2 USC women’s golf team erased a 13-stroke final-round deficit to win the season-opening ANNIKA Intercollegiate on Sept. 27 at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. The Trojans, which won the event in 2015 at a school-record 36-under, weren’t quite as sharp this week but put it all together in a superb 12-under final round to win at 24-under 840 (279-285-276), two better than second-place Arkansas and four better than third-place UCLA. The Bruins entered the final round 13 strokes better than USC while Arkansas was 11 ahead of Troy. USC put some pressure on the field with a 5-under front 9 and took over the lead with a combined 7-under back 9, including eight birdies between 13 and 17. Morgan accounted for two of those on 14 and 17, as she went on to tie for eighth at 7-under 209 (69-70-70). Her three rounds are her best three as a Trojan and the top 10 mark is her highest collegiate finish in a full team event. Ree, who finished second last year by one stroke behind Chung, posted a six-birdie, one-bogey final round to tie for 17th at 4-under 212 (73-72-67). She joined seniors Tiffany Chan (67-72-73) and Gabriella Then (70-71-71) at 4-under.