Ten Trojans To Play At 2010 U.S. Women's Open|
June 30, 2010
USC women's golf, coming off a second-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships, will feature a seemingly unprecedented 10 current, past or incoming players in the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, July 8-11, at the Oakmont (Penn.) C.C.
Two of the 10 earned exemptions into the LPGA major, tour veteran Candie Kung and sophomore Jennifer Song, who turned pro after finishing the 2010 collegiate season. Song was recently named an All-American first team selection for the second year in a row and was also the 2010 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year.
Eight current, former or incoming players had to go through various stages of qualifying to earn spots including Lizette Salas, who just completed her junior season as an All-American second teamer and an All-Pac-10 first teamer.
Joining Salas as qualifiers was graduating senior Belen Mozo (three-time All-American), Jennifer Rosales (1998 NCAA champion), Irene Cho (three-time All-American), Jill McGill (two-time All-American), Anna Rawson (two-time All-Pac-10), Veronica Felibert (All-Pac-10) and transfer Lisa McCloskey (a two-time All-American at Pepperdine).
Mozo, Salas and Rawson all earned their spot by finishing in the top 10 of the sectional qualifier at the Industry Hills G.C. in Industry, Calif.
Rosales qualified at Hawk Pointe G.C. in Washington, N.J., while Felibert qualified at Plantation Bay C.C. in Ormond Beach, Fla. Felibert earned her spot by defeating her former Trojan teammate, Paola Moreno, in a playoff.
Cho qualified at the White Columns C.C. in Milton Ga., and McGill qualified at the Broadmoor G.C. in Colorado Springs, Colo. McCloskey qualified at Shadow Hawk G.C. in Richmond, Texas.
Of the above players (not including transfer McCloskey), all but McGill played for USC 14th-year head coach Andrea Gaston. Mozo and Salas were teammates on USC's 2008 NCAA title-winning team while Cho and Rawson were teammates on the 2003 NCAA championship team.
"This is, by far, the most Trojans we have ever had at a major event like the U.S. Women's Open and we are proud of all of them," Gaston said. "This speaks volumes about the stature of our program and we wish them all the best of luck next week. I am hoping for a 10-person Trojan playoff."