No. 3 USC Returns To Bay Area For Stanford Intercollegiate

    Senior Victoria Morgan
    Oct. 12, 2016

    The No. 3 USC women’s golf team, a one-time winner this fall, heads north to march forward with the fall season at the 21st annual Stanford Intercollegiate, Friday through Sunday (Oct. 14-16), at the Stanford (Calif.) G.C.

    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 to open the season before finishing third at the Windy City Collegiate last week, have won the Stanford Intercollegiate three times, taking first in 2012 and 2013 and tying with Stanford in 2014. USC was second in 2015. Three Trojans have won the event, Kyung Kim (2012), Jennifer Song (2009) and Lizette Salas (2008).

    USC will play with only four players this week, seniors Victoria Morgan and Elizabeth Doty, sophomore Robynn Ree and freshman Allisen Corpuz, leaving the Trojans without a drop score. Senior starters Tiffany Chan, Gabriella Then and Karen Chung are missing the event, headed to Florida to prepare for the second stage of the LPGA’s Q School. Morgan will join them immediately following the Stanford tournament. Ree tied for eighth last year to lead USC’s efforts.



    In addition to host No. 2 Stanford and USC, the field includes No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 17 Northwestern, No. 18 Oklahoma State, No. 24 Arizona State, No. 27 San Jose State, No. 33 San Diego State, No. 37 Colorado, No. 41 Cal, No. 46 Pepperdine, Iowa State, UC Davis, USF and Washington.

    Play on the par 71, 6,130-yard course begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday with action starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. Results for the event will be available at here.

    The 2016-17 Trojans
    USC returns six players from last year, including senior Tiffany Chan and sophomore Robynn Ree, who both earned WGCA All-American second team honors in 2015-16 while. Senior Karen 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 senior Gabriella 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. Senior Victoria 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 them 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
    Stanford Intercollegiate: Morgan-Ree-Corpuz-Doty

    - The Trojans have won 24 of their past 42 outings, 27 in the last 46 and 28 in the last 48 dating back to the third tournament in the fall of 2012.
    - The season-opening win at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate is 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.

    Seniors Gabriella Then and Karen Chung each posted top 10 finishes while freshman Allisen Corpuz and sophomore Robynn Ree turned in top 20 results to lead the No. 3 USC women’s golf team to a third-place finish at the 2016 Windy City Collegiate Classic on Oct. 4. The Trojans, who were looking for their second straight win to start the season as well as their third win in four years in Chicago, fell five strokes short, combining for a 54-hole 5-under 859 (281-287-291). Then led USC with a tie for fourth at 4-under 212 (68-72-72) while Chung finished ninth at 2-under 214 (71-70-73). Then went out at 1-over today and was 3-over through 11 before closing with birdies on 13, 15 and 16 to get to even for the day and back into the top 10. Chung was 3-over through 7 but knocked in birdies on 8 and 13 for her top 10. Corpuz (72-70-75), in her debut event for the Trojans, joined Ree (71-75-71) in a tie for 16th at 1-over 217. Ree finished 1-under in the final round with four birdies. Senior Victoria Morgan tied for 32nd at 5-over 221 (71-75-75).