THIS SEASON Gabriella Then, a 2016 junior, is coming off of an All-American sophomore season as one of the Trojans' top players and figures to be one of the team's leaders during its quest for a fourth national title.
2015 Then earned WGCA All-American and Pac-12 second team honors as well as WGCA All-St. George Regional notice as a 2015 sophomore, posting six top 10 finishes as well as career bests for stroke average (73.37) and rounds in the 60s (four). She led USC at the NCAA Championships with a tie for 10th at 7-over 295 (75-74-73-73) and split her two match play matches, winning in the quarterfinals, 2&1, over Washington's Jennifer Yang before falling in the semifinals, 4&3, to Stanford's Lauren Kim ... She tied for first at the UCI Invitational at 5-under 211 (70-68-73) before falling in a five-hole playoff. She also led USC in its win at the NCAA Regional, where she was fourth at 4-over 217 (74-76-67), including a career-best in the final round ... She earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention honors.
2014 Then saw action in nine events as a 2014 freshman, starting six times (three of which were team wins) and posting eight counting rounds. Then's first season was highlighted by a tie for fifth at the SDSU Farms Invitational, where she finished at 1-over 217 (72-72-73). Then finished with four top 30 results and in the top 40 in each event ... She was 23rd at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview at 6-over 216 (71-73-72) and tied for 27th at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at 2-over 218 (76-70-72), her second round a season best ... After the season, Then was a quaterfinalist at the Women's Amateur Public Links, falling in extra holes in her final match play contest. She then competed in the Canadian Women's Amateur, tying for 44th.
HIGH SCHOOL Then, from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who prepped at Upland (Calif.) High, won the prestigious U.S. Girls' Junior in July of 2013, just weeks before enrolling at USC. She was also a quarterfinalist at the event in 2011 ... A 2011 and 2013 Rolex All-American, she played in the 2013 U.S. Women's Open as an amateur. She carded a two-round 155, five strokes short of making the cut. Then also played as an amateur at the Open in 2010 and 2011 ... She was a semifinalist at the 2013 Women's Western Amateur ... She was a member of the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup team and won the 2011 Rolex Tournament of Champions in a playoff ... She finished fourth at the AJGA's 2010 Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Junior Championship, won the AJGA's 2009 Bass Pro Shops/Payne Stewart Junior Championship and the 2009 Warner Springs Toyota Cup Championship ... In 2008 she became one of the youngest players to ever compete in the U.S. Women's Amateur at age 12 ... She received the Academic Presidential Award from 2005-10.
CAREER NOTES (As of May, 2015) Lowest 54-Hole Score: 211 (2015 UC Irvine Invitational) Lowest Round: 67 (2015 NCAA St. George Regional) Rounds in the 60s: 4 Top 10 Finishes: 7 Highest Finish: 1st tie (2015 UC Irvine Invitational)
PERSONAL Then was born on Oct. 22, 1995. She is the daughter of Andre and Maya Then ... She is majoring in communication.
GET TO KNOW ME:
Who is your favorite professional athlete and why? My favorite professional athlete is Arnold Palmer. He is a great role model in terms of golf and as a person. Throughout his whole career, he has cared for his fans and creates such a welcoming aura. He has a genuine personality and was a resolute golfer with great sportsmanship.
If you could play with any 3 people in the history of the world, who would it be? Michael Jordan, Adam Levine, and Arnold Palmer.
Why did you choose to come to USC? The reason I chose USC was because it was my dream school growing up as a golfer. Over the years, the golf program has produced much talent, strengthened due to viable resources. The golf facilities are the finest in the country and there are great academic opportunities here. I also believe that USC has one of the best networking systems in America because of the "Trojan Family" image.
What is your favorite golf course? PGA National (Champions Course).
What is your favorite USC home golf course? Trump National.
What is your greatest golf memory? Making my first birdie ever when I was 8 years old (on the 7th hole at Birch Hills Golf Course).
What is your favorite type of food? Sushi and Mediterranean.
What do you like to do when you're not playing golf? Try new food, watch movies, exercise, and hang out with friends.
Tell us something about yourself that people don't likely know about you. I play violin, piano, and the flute.