Trojans Look To Defend Title At Windy City Classic

    Oct. 3, 2014

    The USC women's golf team, a week after its season-opener, continues the 2014-15 season at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 6-7), at the Westmoreland C.C. in Wilmette, Ill.

    The field includes Arizona, Georgia, Iowa State, Kentucky, Miami, Minnesota, New Mexico, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Purdue, Tulane, USC and Wisconsin. USC won the event last year.

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    USC's lineup will feature for the first time this year two-time All-American Annie Park, who will join the Trojans in Illinois after she and 2014 graduate and former teammate Sophia Popov both advanced to the final stage of the 2014 LPGA `Q' School in Florida this week.

    Joining Park in the lineup will be senior Doris Chen and sophomores Karen Chung, a 2014 All-American, Gabriella Then and Elizabeth Doty, a transfer from Wake Forest.

    USC, still playing without two-time All-American junior Kyung Kim, finished sixth in their season-opener last week Troy had nine wins last year, including a national best 10th NCAA regional crown, the total two better than the school-record seven it won in 2013. The Trojans finished no lower than a tie for second place in the four events it didn't win.

    That included a two-stroke loss to Duke at the 2014 NCAA Championships, where USC just missed its second straight national title and the fourth in program history. In addition to national championships in 2003, 2008 and 2013, Gaston's USC teams have finished second at the NCAAs four times, including three times in the last five seasons (2010, 2012, 2014) by a combined deficit of four strokes.



    USC's 286.26 stroke average per round this year was the best in school history, breaking the record set last year (288.76) by 2.5 strokes. The Trojans also set a record for team rounds of par or better with 21, seven more than last year, the previous best.

    Also back this year is junior walk-on Kim Santiago. USC's other newcomer is junior transfer So Young Hwang, who came over from Daytona State.

    Park tied for third at the Stage II event at 6-under 282 (70-71-71-70) while Popov tied for 41st at 2-over 290 (71-73-70-76). The final stage is set for Dec. 3-7 at the LPGA International G.C.

    Park was the only player in Stage II to finish under-par in all four rounds.

    "Overall, it was a pretty good day," said Park. "It was a consistent week for me, I feel like it could have been worse.

    "I didn't expect to play well at first stage because I was kind of struggling over the summer so I wasn't expecting anything and I played well. Coming into second stage, I was so busy with school so I wasn't expecting to finish well here either."

    Park will play Stage III of LPGA Qualifying Tournament as an amateur.

    "We will see how it goes at stage three. If I finish in the top 20, I am going to have to think about it (what I want to do) so I am not sure yet."