No. 2 USC Begins 2016-17 Season At ANNIKA Intercollegiate|
Sept. 22, 2016
The No. 2 USC women’s golf team, which returns four of its starters from a team that reached the NCAA Championships semifinals last year, opens the 2016-17 season at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate, Sunday through Tuesday (Sept. 25-27), at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Under 21st-year head coach Andrea Gaston, the Trojans are coming off their 20th consecutive season reaching the NCAA Championships and the 11th straight year posting an NCAA top 5 finish.
USC won the 2015 ANNIKA Intercollegiate in dominating fashion, combining for a school-record 36-under 828 (276-271-281), lowering the school record for most under par by six strokes. Eight of USC’s 15 rounds were in the 60s. The second-round 271 tied USC’s second-lowest team round ever.
Senior Karen Chung won the individual title at the ANNIKA to start her junior season last year, posting a 12-under 204 (68-68-68), the second-lowest 54-hole total in school history, coming from behind to edge then-freshman teammate Robynn Ree, who took second at 10-under 206 (68-66-72).
Joining the Trojans in the stacked ANNIKA field are UCLA, Duke, Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Arizona, Arkansas, Virginia, South Carolina and host school Central Florida. Results for the event will be available at here.
Chan and Ree both earned WGCA All-American second team honors in 2015-16 while Chung earned honorable mention honors. Chan and Ree finished the season as co-leaders in stroke average (71.97), tying for eighth on USC’s all-time season chart. Chan posted five top 10 finishes, including three in a row – all in the postseason – to close the year, and had seven top 14 results to go with five rounds in the 60s.
Ree finished the season with four top 10 finishes and eight in the top 17. She led USC in three of 10 events and won once. Chung finished third on the squad with a career best stroke average of 72.29 which tied for the 14th best season effort on USC’s career chart. She had four top 10s on the season.
Chan and Then both earned NCAA All-Stanford Regional Team honors. Chan, Chung and Ree all earned All-Pac-12 first team notice while Then earned honorable mention honors.
Then had five top 20s as a junior last year and finished fourth on the team in stroke average at 72.48. Morgan played in two events as a true senior (she is back as a redshirt senior), including a start in USC’s win at the SDSU March Mayhem at the Farms.