Trojans tee off at the 2nd Annual Pacific Coast Intercollegiate starting Monday.
THIS YEAR: Senior Irene Cho is USC's top returning golfer from last season and an All-American candidate. Through the early spring of 2006, she posted two tournament wins and set school records for lowest round (64) and lowest 54-hole score (203).
SUMMER OF 2005: Cho's summer was highlighted by a quarterfinal appearance at the 2005 Women's Western Amateur.
2004-2005: Cho had USC's second lowest stroke average (75.26) as a 2005 junior and was among Troy's top two finishers in 5 of 11 events ... A 2005 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, she posted a season-best tie for fourth at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (221) and had five top 20 finishes, including tying for 14th at both the NCAA West Regional (224) and the NCAA Championships (295).
SUMMER OF 2004: Cho won stroke play at the 2004 Women's Western Amateur in Madison, Wisc. ... After stroke play, she moved on to match play, where she advanced to the semifinal round before being eliminated.
2003-2004: Cho picked up where she left off as a freshman and had an outstanding sophomore season while playing in all 10 of USC's tournaments ... Led the Women of Troy with a stroke average of 74.68, including a low round of 70 ... Captured her first collegiate tournament at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, where she shot 219 to tie with Arizona's Erica Blasberg for the championship ... Recorded six top 20 finishes (and four top 10 finishes) during the season and led USC at the Pac-10 Championships (tie for seventh), NCAA Regionals (tie for 10th) and NCAA Championships (tie for 33rd) ... Was an All-American 2nd team selection and also was named to the All-Pac-10 first team.
SUMMER OF 2003: Cho had an outstanding summer following her freshman year as she was one of eight amateurs who competed at the 2003 U.S. Women's Open ... She made the cut and finished 58th overall with a 24-over 308 ... At the 103rd U.S. Women's Amateur, she defeated Laura Shanahan-Rowe, 4 and 3, in the first round of match play before falling to Aimee Cho, 2 and 1, in round two.
2002-2003: Cho started out slow her freshman season, but got on a roll towards the end and almost ended up as the NCAA individual champion ... She shot 298 at the NCAA Championships to finish just one stroke back of teammate Mikaela Parmlid as she tied for third overall ... It was the second-highest finish ever for a Women of Troy freshman at the NCAA Championships, behind only Jennifer Rosales, who won the individual crown in 1998 ... Came through big-time in the clutch for the squad down the stretch as her stroke average was 74.8 during her last four tournaments, down from 76.7 in her first six ... Overall, her stroke average of 75.88 was fourth on the squad ... For her efforts, Cho was named All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-10 honorable mention ... Also had two other top five finishes on the season, including a tie for fourth at the Pioneer Bruin Classic and a tie for fifth in the rain-shortened TRW Regional Challenge ... Her 221 at the Pioneer Bruin was her season-best for 54 holes ... Shot a career-low 69 in the second round of the Arizona Invitational.
HIGH SCHOOL: Cho graduated with honors from Sunny Hills High in La Habra, Calif. ... She was the 2000 CIF Southern Section Medalist in 2000 ...She was fourth at the 2002 AJGA Arizona Junior Championships and won the 2002 AJGA Morgan Run Junior title ... She was named a Polo All-American in 2002 ... She was also a member of the 2002 West Canon Cup team ... In 2001, she was the Silverbelle Amateur Champion and the Curtis Cup Player of the Year ... In 2000, she was a Polo Golf Junior Finalist and also captured first place at the 2000 American Junior Golf Association's Compaq Junior All-Star Classic.
PERSONAL: Born on Aug. 10, 1984, Cho is a communications major at USC ... Before becoming a golfer, she was an outstanding figure skater.