Freshman Duo To Debut At Georgia Event
Jan. 31, 2013
USC freshmen Annie Park and Ellie Chai, who came to campus in January as spring semester enrollees, will see their first action as Trojans at the 2013 Lady Bulldog Individual Championship on Saturday (Feb. 2) at the University of Georgia G.C. in Athens, Ga.
The modest field includes 38 players from 13 schools (USC is the only representative not from the south). The 36-hole tournament begins at 8 a.m. (ET) and gives competitors a look at the course that is hosting the 2013 NCAA Championships in May.
The Trojans finished the fall season ranked No. 1 in the Golf World/WGCA women's coaches' poll after a trio of top 3 finishes. The Trojans, under 17th-year head coach Andrea Gaston and featuring a pair of returning All-Americans in junior Sophia Popov and sophomore Doris Chen, are after the program's third national title after finishing second at last year's NCAA Championships by a mere stroke.
The 2013-12 Trojans, who said goodbye to All-American senior Lisa McCloskey and long contributing senior Inah Park, were bolstered by the strong play of freshman Kyung Kim, who led USC to a team win in the final event by claiming first herself.
Park, from Levittown, N.Y., came to USC as the No. 18 junior and played in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open as an amateur. Chai was a promising junior originally from New Orleans before moving to Los Angeles whose career was sidetracked due to a shoulder injury. She is healthy again and on the comeback trail.
There is no live scoring for the event.