No. 3 USC Off To Hawaii For Pac-12 Preview|
Oct. 31, 2014
The No. 3 USC women's golf team, coming off of a pair of first place finishes, looks for three in a row as it completes the fall slate at the Pac-12 Preview, Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 3-4), at the Nanea G.C. in Kaulua Kona, Hawaii.
The event, which USC won last year, includes every Pac-12 team (Utah does not field a team) and island-host Hawaii. Teams will play 36 holes Monday beginning at 8:30 a.m. HT and 18 on Tuesday. Results will be available at Golfstat.com.
USC will feature its fourth different lineup in as many events two-time All-American juniors Annie Park and Kyung Kim, All-American sophomore Karen Chung, sophomore Gabriella Then and junior transfer Elizabeth Doty.
USC, which won the Windy City Collegiate and shared first-place honors at the Stanford Intercollegiate after it finished sixth in its season-opener, 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.
In addition to the five returning starters, USC welcomes back juniors Victoria Morgan and Kim Santiago, both walk-ons. USC's two fall newcomers are junior transfers Elizabeth Doty (Wake Forest) and So Young Hwang (Daytona State).