USC Signs Prep Stars Alyaa Abdulghany, Muni He|
Nov. 11, 2016
Alyaa Abdulghany, from Newport Beach, Calif., and Muni He, from San Diego, Calif., ranked No. 2 and 4, respectively, in the AJGA Polo rankings and both possessing a wide breadth of experience, have signed national letters of intent with USC, Trojans Women’s Golf Head Coach Andrea Gaston announced today.
“With Muni and Alyaa, we have signed two of the top players in America and I’m excited for the impact they’ll have with our team,” Gaston said. “Muni brings broad national and international experience while Alyaa has had tremendous success as an amateur stateside. Both should contribute immediately.”
He will enroll at USC in January and compete for the Trojans in the 2017 spring semester. Abdulghany will enroll next fall.
Abdulghany, a 2015 and 2016 Rolex Junior All-American first teamer, was the 2016 USA Today High School Player of the Year. A senior at Corona Del Mar High in Newport Beach, she won the inaugural 2016 California Women’s State Open in October at 10-under. She helped lead the U.S. win the 2016 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup and reached the round of 32 at both the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur and the 2016 U.S. Girls’ Junior (finishing stroke play tied for eighth). Also in 2016, she won the AJGA Junior at Carlton Oaks with a 139 (69-70), was second at both the Junior PGA Championship with a 208 (71-67-70) and the Thunderbird International with 212 (70-73-69), was third at the Toyota Junior World Cup with a 283 (71-74-68-70) and represented the West Team at the Wyndham Cup for the second time. In 2015, she won the California state high school title with a 2-under 69 at the Poppy Hills G.C. in Pebble Beach, Calif., reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Junior Amateur and followed it with five consecutive top 10 finishes in junior events, including a fourth at the ANNIKA Invitational.
He, homeschooled after previously attending Torrey Pines High in San Diego, has an accomplished golf resume already filled with amateur appearances at pro events as well as top junior finishes. A 2016 Rolex Junior All-American first teamer, she reached the round of 64 in both the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur as well as the 2016 U.S. Girls’ Junior while posting top 7 finishes at the AJGA Thunderbird International Junior, the AJGA ANNIKA Invitational and the Yani Tseng Invitational. She played as an amateur at the 2016 Reignwood LPGA Classic, tying for 30th at 8-under 284 (74-69-71-70), and was fourth at the China Team Championship. In 2015, Muni was the Polo Junior Classic Champion. In 2015, she played in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, one of just four amateurs who made the cut, finishing with a 288 (68-74-73-73). Also in 2015, she played the Blue Bay LPGA, the Hyundai China Ladies Open, earned the fourth seed in the U.S. Girls’ Junior and made match play at the U.S. Amateur. She was a 2014 Rolex Junior All-American honorable mention pick.