USC To Take On The U.S. Open
June 25, 2013
Annie Park, Doris Chen and Kyung Kim, three members of USC's 2013 NCAA title team, will join seven former USC golfers and one incoming Trojan in this week's 2013 U.S. Women's Open Championship at the Sebonack G.C. in Southampton, N.Y., Thursday through Sunday (June 27-30).
Park, who on Monday was featured as one of 12 finalists for the College Women Sports Awards Honda Cup ceremony broadcast live on ESPNU and held at USC's Galen Center, joined Kim as All-American first teamers this past season while Chen was a second teamer. Teammate Sophia Popov was also an All-American first teamer, but is not playing in the Open.
Park, Chen and Kim all played in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open as well, but all missed the cut. Kim will tee off Thursday at 6:56 a.m., Chen at 7:18 a.m. and Park at 12:52 p.m. (ET).
Park has a bit of an edge this year as the Sebonack G.C. is little more than an hour's drive from her home in Levittown, N.Y., and is one she's played on numerous times.
Park is coming off one of the best years in NCAA golf history, winning four times this past season, including titles at the Pac-12, NCAA West Region and NCAA Championships. She did it all after graduating a semester early from high school and enrolling at USC in January.
USC boasts 11 former golfers currently on the LPGA Tour, the most of any school, and seven will be playing in the Open this week, led by Lizette Salas, Troy's only four-time All-American golfer.
Salas, 11th on the LPGA's money list this year, tees off at 1:36 p.m. Her former All-American teammates Belen Mozo and Dewi Claire Schreefel, who, with Salas, were part of USC's 2008 NCAA title team, tee off at 7:40 a.m. and 2:31 p.m., respectively.
Irene Cho, an All-American who helped USC win its first NCAA title in 2003 and who, like Park, won the Honda Award for golf, will tee off at 12:52 p.m.
Jennifer Rosales, who like Schreefel and Park, won an NCAA individual title (Troy's first in fact, in 1998), will tee off at 8:46 a.m.
Two-time All-American Candie Kung, USC's most successful player ever on the LPGA Tour, tees off at 8:13 a.m. while fellow veteran Nicole Castrale, who has also had a strong professional career, begins at 1:25 p.m.
Future Trojan Gabriella Then rounds out the list and will start play at 7:07 a.m.
Schreefel will play with former Alabama golfer Brooke Pancake, who clinched the NCAA Championship for the Crimson Tide by one stroke over the Trojans in 2012.
Compete results will be available at the USGA.
ESPN2 will broadcast live coverage 3-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday while NBC will broadcast live coverage from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (all times ET).