Trojans Retain No. 1 Ranking After Third Straight Win
April 5, 2013
The USC women's golf team, which won its third consecutive event and the fourth in its last five on Tuesday, retained the top spot in the latest Golf World/WGCA Division I College Women's Coaches' Poll released Friday (April 5).
The Trojans, under 17th-year head coach Andrea Gaston, have won three tournaments in a row for the first time since they finished the 2008 season with four straight victories, culminating in the 2008 NCAA title.
USC, also ranked first by Golfweek.com, claimed the SDSU Farms Invitational on Tuesday, which followed wins at the Bruin Wave Invitational and at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. Troy also won the Stanford Intercollegiate in October and have finished no worse than a tie for third this season.
The Trojans got 20 of the 26 first-place votes. Alabama, ranked No. 2, got four while UCLA, ranked No. 6, got two. Duke is ranked No. 3, Oklahoma is No. 4 and Florida is No. 5. Click here for the full Golf World Poll.
Three different players have posted individual wins this year. Junior Sophia Popov won at the recent SDSU Farms Invitational while freshman Annie Park won the event before at the Bruin Wave Invitational. Fellow freshman Kyung Kim won at the Stanford Intercollegiate. USC also has a combined 13 other top 10 finishes outside of those three firsts.
Troy also features three players ranked in Golfweek.com's individual top 10, another in the top 20. Park is ranked No. 1 while Popov and Kim are ranked No. 7 and 8, respectively.