No. 4 USC Women's Golf Set For Event In Palos Verdes|
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.
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
2011 Stanford Intercollegiate, Oct. 14-16
2011 SEC/Pac-12 Challenge, Sept. 23-25