Chen's a Champ But Trojans Finish 2nd

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USC women's golf junior Doris Chen made it back-to-back individual national champions, but the Trojans were unable to defend their NCAA title despite a remarkable comeback in the final round. 

Chen was nearly infallible again shooting a 3-under 67 to win by one stroke over Celine Boutier from Duke, which won the team title.  Chen was 6-under for the week with rounds of 67, 68, 72 and 67.

As for the Women of Troy, they looked every bit the No. 1 team in the country in the final round shooting a school record 270 (10-under).  USC started the day trailing Duke by six strokes, and the Trojans surged past the Blue Devils by as many as four strokes.  However, a couple of hiccups and near misses down the stretch proved costly as Duke prevailed by two strokes.  USC has now finished second three times in the last five seasons (2010, 2012 and 2014).

USC defended its title brilliantly this season with a school-record nine wins and a second place finish at the NCAA Championships.  The Trojans only lose one starter, Sophia Popov, who finished her career with a collegiate career best 65 today, and they will be right back in the mix next season led by Chen and Annie Park, the last two individual national champions, plus Kyung Kim, who went 67 and 67 in the final two rounds, and Karen Chung, who finished in the Top 30 as a freshman.

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Annie Park cost the WOT another title finishing
77th after winning the individual crown one year
ago. Any half way showing by her would have been enough to get past Duke. Nobody remembers who wound up second. Winning nine tournaments during the regular season doesn't make up for the big one.

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