Women's Golf
    No. 4 USC Women's Golf Set For Event In Palos Verdes

    Senior Lisa McCloskey

    Feb. 9, 2012

    The USC womens' golf team, featuring returning All-Americans Lisa McCloskey and Sophia Popov and ranked No. 4 by Golfweek.com, opens the 2011-2012 spring schedule at the 2012 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Monday through Wednesday (Feb. 13-15) at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C.

    The Trojans are the two-time defending champions of the event, have posted a pair of individual wins (1999, 2006) and also won the 2008 Pac-10 title on the Palos Verdes course. Additionally, McCloskey, while playing for Pepperdine as a sophomore, won the individual crown in 2010.

    USC will join host Ohio State, Arizona State, Colorado, Denver, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pepperdine, UC Davis, UCLA and Wake Forest.

    Live results are available at Golfstat.com.

    The Trojans, who have finished in the NCAA top 5 six years in a row and in seven of the past nine seasons, return five golfers from the 2011 squad that tied for fifth at the 2011 NCAA Championships and that won four tournaments, including the 2011 Pac-10 Championships and the 2011 NCAA West Regional.

    Leading the mix is McCloskey, a senior, and Popov, a sophomore who was the national and Pac-10 freshman of the year last season. Also back are junior Cyna Rodriguez (2010-11 All-Pac-10 honorable mention), a regular starter last year, as well as senior Inah Park and sophomore Rachel Morris (2011 All-NCAA West Region), both of whom registered multiple starts as well.

    USC bolstered its lineup with freshmen Kristen Park, the nation's top women's recruit, and Doris Chen, another former U.S. Girls' Junior champion.



    The Trojans are led by 16th-year head coach Andrea Gaston, who was named the National Golf Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2011 for the second time in here career after leading USC to four wins on the season.

    McCloskey led USC in the fall with three top 10 finishes. She tied for seventh at the SEC/Pac-12 Challenge at 1-over 217 (74-72-71), tied for eighth at the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview at 2-over 218 (73-73-72) and tied for 10th at the Stanford Intercollegiate at 2-under 211 (72-67-72). Popov opened the year with a tie for eighth at the Mason Rudolph at 2-over 218 (72-72-74) but was injured in USC's second event, ending her fall campaign. Park finished the fall slate with a tie for fourth at the Stanford Intercollegiate at 6-under 207 (70-69-68) and a tie for seventh at the SEC/Pac-12 Challenge at 1-over 217 (76-73-68).

    2011-2012 Event Recaps

    2011 Fall Preview, Sept. 23-25
    In its first event of the season, USC finished eighth in the 2011 Fall Preview at 24-over 888 (292-300-296). Sophia Popov and Lisa McCloskey tied for eighth to lead the Trojans, who finished 15 strokes back of first place. Popov (72-72-74) and McCloskey (73-73-72) each finished at 2-over 212, six shots out of first.

    2011 Stanford Intercollegiate, Oct. 14-16
    Senior Lisa McCloskey tied for 10th, sophomore Rachel Morris fired a 2-under 69 to tie for 16th and freshman Kristen Park, playing individually, tied for fourth as shorthanded USC finished sixth overall at the 2011 Stanford Intercollegiate. USC, competing without sophomore Sophia Popov, who bowed out of the tournament after suffering a wrist injury in the second round, finished at 4-over 852 (284-280-288), 10 strokes behind first-place UCLA (842). Park was USC's top player of the weekend, though her scores didn't count toward the Trojans' totals because she was entered into the event individually. She finished at 6-under 207 (70-79-68), seven back of Washington's SooBin Kim (200). Park's final round saw her birdie four times against one bogey. McCloskey finished at 2-under 211 (72-67-72). Her final round featured a bogey on 9 and 17 pars. Morris' 69 was her best as a Trojan. She was 1-over after 11 holes before three consecutive birdies between 12 and 14.

    2011 SEC/Pac-12 Challenge, Sept. 23-25
    Freshman Kristen Park fired a 4-under 68 while senior Lisa McCloskey was also under par as the duo finished tied for seventh and led the short-handed USC women's golf team to a tie four fourth place at the 2011 SEC/Pac-12 Challenge at the Holston Hills C.C. in Knoxville, Tenn. The Trojans, playing with only four players due to injuries and scheduling conflicts, combined for the low round of the day at 1-under 287 and tied for fourth at 16-over 880 (298-295-287), 15 strokes back of first-place Alabama (865). UCLA was second at 869, Auburn was third (879) and Tennessee tied with USC. Both Park (76-73-68) and McCloskey (74-72-71) finished at 1-over 217 for their seventh-place tie. It was McCloskey's third straight top 10 finish and Park's second in a row.