Chen, McCloskey Named NGCA All-American First Team|
May 31, 2012
Freshman Doris Chen and senior Lisa McCloskey, who helped lead USC to second-place (by one stroke) at the 2012 NCAA Championships at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., were named 2012 NGCA All-American first teamers while sophomore Sophia Popov earned honorable mention honors.
McCloskey was a second-team selection last year while Popov was a first-teamer. Chen's selection makes her the 22nd All-American (first or second team or honorable mention) in school history ad the 14th Trojan to earn first team honors. She is the third Trojan freshman to earn first team notice in the past four seasons. All three golfers also earned 2012 NCAA All-Central Region honors.
McCloskey led USC in stroke average as a senior at 72.48, the eighth-best season in school history. Ranked in the top 10 much of the season, she was named to the 2012 All-Pac-12 first team for the second year in a row. She had a team-best eight top 10 finishes this season, highlighted by her first career win as a Trojan at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional. She actually tied for first at 3-under 313 (73-68-72), but as there was no playoff, it counts as a victory. She registered a tie for fifth at 4-over 220 (74-74-72) at the Pac-12 Championships. She led USC in the fall with three top 10 finishes. Her four rounds in the 60s tied for team high and gave her eight for her career as a Trojan.
Chen, ranked in the top 15, became USC's fifth conference medalist when she won the 2012 Pac-12 Championship at 1-over 217 (77-72-68) for her first victory as a Trojan. She followed that with a tie for eighth at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional at 5-over 221 (72-77-72), which marked her fifth top 10 finish and sixth in the top 11. She led USC with a tie for 14th at the NCAA Championships and completed the season never finishing outside the top 28 in any event, a big reason she was named to the 2012 All-Pac-12 first team. She finished second on the team in stroke average at 72.85 with three rounds in the 60s.
Popov, ranked in the top 15 as well this year, finished with a pair of top 2 finishes this year, five in the top 8 and six in the top 16. Her four rounds in the 60s tied for team high and gave 11 for her career, four shy of the school record and one shy of fourth place. She 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. She regained her form in the spring, taking second at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and winning the rain-shortened Battle at Rancho Bernardo with a 2-under 142 (71-71). At the Pac-12 Championships, she tied for fifth at 4-over 220 (79-69-72). Popov, a 2012 All-Pac-12 second team selection, finished third on the team in stroke average (73.57). Her win at Rancho Bernardo was the fourth of her career, one shy of USC's career record (held by Irene Cho).