Tiffany Chan returns to USC for her 2017 senior year as not only an All-American but an Olympian after representing Hong Kong at the Rio Games and figures to again be one of the NCAA's top golfers this season.
Chan, as a 2016 junior transfer from Daytona State College, turned in a stellar debut season as a Trojan. Chan earned WGCA All-American second team, WGCA All-Region and All-Pac-12 first team honors. She was a team co-leader in stroke average (71.97) in 2016, tying for eighth on USC's all-time season chart, and helped Troy to the NCAA Championships match play quarterfinals. Chan posted five top 10 finishes, including three in a row -- all in the postseason -- to close the year, and had seven top 14 results to go with five rounds in the 60s. Chan tied for fourth at the NCAA Stanford Regional at 2-under 211 (71-69-71), tied for 10th at 3-under 213 (67-72-74) during USC's win at the Pac-12 Championships and led USC at the NCAA Championships with another 10th at 2-under 286 (71-71-74-70) ... She finished a season-best third at The Gold Rush at 2-under 214 (75-68-71) and tied for fourth at the season-opening Annika Intercollegiate at 8-under 208 (71-65-72) ... She won both of her matches at the East Lake Cup, defeating Baylor's Laura Lonardi, 1up, and beating Duke's Sandy Choi, 3&2 ... Chan represented Team Asia in Portugal in March at the Patsy Hankins Trophy. At the Liz Murphey Invitational, she went 2-1, closing with a 1up win over Georgia's Bailey Tardy in the third-place match.
Chan comes to USC from Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla., where she won back-to-back NJCAA individual national titles in 2014 and 2015 as a freshman and a sophomore, respectively, among her 15 wins in two years. Her massive success earned her an immediate spot in the Daytona State College Hall of Fame in 2015 ... She had a productive 2015 summer following her Daytona State career. Among her top results was finishing as the second low amateur and tied for 13th overall at the Hong Kong Ladies Open in June, taking second at the Warren-MST Amateur Open in Singapore and winning the TLPGA Future Open in Taiwan in August ... As a 2015 sophomore, Chan repeated as the NJCAA winner with a seven-stroke victory at par 288 (71-77-67-73), helping Daytona to second overall and earning her second straight All-American first team honor. Her third-round score was the second lowest in tournament history ... As a 2014 freshman, Chan was the 2014 National and Florida Junior College Player of the Year, helping Daytona State win its seventh national title. Despite playing for a junior college, Chan finished last season as the No. 7 overall women's golfer in the final 2014 Golfstat Cup.
Chan, who prepped at Diocesan Girls' School, has made a name for herself in international competition. The Hong Kong native represented her country in the 2012 and 2014 World Amateur Championship, the 2014 and 2015 Asian Games and at the 2014 World University Golf Championship, which she won on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.
Chan, a communication major, is from Hong Kong, growing up in Tuen Mun, a city whose population is about 500,000 in the northwest part of the country.
CAREER NOTES (As of May, 2016) Lowest 54-Hole Score: 208 (2015 ANNIKA Intercollegiate) Lowest Round: 65 (2015 ANNIKA Intercollegiate) Top 10 Finishes: 5 Highest Finish: 3rd (2016 The Gold Rush) Rounds in 60s: 5