No. 1 USC Opens Spring Slate At Northrop Grumman
Feb. 8, 2013
The No. 1 USC women's golf team, whose active streak of seven consecutive NCAA top 5 finishes leads the country, resumes the 2012-2013 season with its first spring semester action at the annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Monday through Wednesday (Feb. 11-13), at Palos Verdes C.C. in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
The 16-team field includes host Ohio State, USC, Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Florida, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pepperdine, Texas, UCLA, Wake Forest and Washington.
USC is a two-time winner of the event in 2010 and 2011 while Jennifer Rosales (1999) and Irene Cho (2006) are Troy's two individual winners.
Live results will be available at Golfstat.com.
USC STAT NOTES
2012-2013 Event Recaps
Stanford Intercollegiate, Oct. 19-21
Fall Preview, Oct. 5-7
Junior Sophia Popov used a 2-under 70 to finish tied for fifth while sophomore Doris Chen carded a par as No. 4 USC tied for fourth at the 2012 Liz Murphey Fall Preview at the University of Georgia G.C. in Athens. The Trojans tied for third at a combined 19-over 883 (295-297-291). North Carolina came from behind to win at 12-over 876 (297-289-290) while defending NCAA champion Alabama took second at 16-over 880 (296-289-295). USC caught and tied day two leader Auburn. Popov posted her second straight top 12 finish at even 216 (71-75-70), three strokes out of first. Chen also posted her second top 20 result in a row, tying for 16th at 3-over 219 (73-74-72). Popov had a four-birdie round and was 2-under on the back 9 while Chen had two birdies against two bogeys. Freshman Kyung Kim tied for 23rd at 5-over 221 (75-71-75).
Cougar Classic, Sept. 9-11
The Trojans, winners of the 2003 and 2008 NCAA titles, finished second by one stroke to the Crimson Tide last season, the second time in three seasons the Trojans finished second by a lone shot. USC not only has seven straight top 5 NCAA finishes, but has eight in the past 10 years.
USC won two tournaments last season, claiming the Battle at Rancho Bernardo and the 2012 NCAA Central Regional. The latter title was Troy's NCAA-best eighth regional crown. Troy also had four second-place finishes, including at the NCAA and Pac-12 Championships.
The Trojans, under 17th-year NGCA Hall of Fame coach Andrea Gaston, are led by junior Sophia Popov and sophomore Doris Chen. Popov was a 2011 All-American first teamer and earned All-American honorable mention honors in 2012. Chen was an All-American first teamer in 2012. Each won conference titles as freshmen, Popov in 2011, Chen in 2012. Popov was named to Golf World's 2012 "Top 10" Female Players to Watch list while Chen was on its "Top 50" list.
Also back is junior Rachel Morris, a 2011 NCAA All-Region performer who had a pair of top 20 finishes as a 2012 sophomore.
Five freshmen have joined the squad to bolster the Trojan roster. The highly rated Kyung Kim of Chandler, Ariz., and Kim Santiago from Lynwood, Wash., joined the team in the fall while the talented trio of Annie Park from Levittown, N.Y., Ellie Chai from Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Victoria Morgan from Pasadena, Calif., were added to the squad in January.
Kim is a four-time Rolex Junior All-American, twice as a first teamer, and the 2010 Arizona High School Player of the Year. She was also on Golf World's 2012 "Top 50" Female Players to Watch list. Santiago is a two-time AJGA Scholastic All-American. Park enters USC a semester early as a top 20 junior who played as an amateur at the 2012 U.S. Women's Open. 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. Morgan is an All-CIF performer who was the captain and MVP of her prep boys' team and was also an All-CIF tennis player.