USC Opens Season at ANNIKA Invitational|
Sept. 26, 2014
The USC women's golf team, coming off a second-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championships, begins the 2014-15 season at the ANNIKA Invitational at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., Sunday through Tuesday (Sept. 28-30).
The field includes USC, UCLA, Duke (the defending NCAA champion which defeated the Trojans by two strokes at last year's national championship), Vanderbilt, Pepperdine, South Carolina, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Stanford, Arizona State and Alabama.
Results will be available at Golfstat.com.
USC's opening day lineup includes 2014 NCAA individual champion and three-time All-American and senior Doris Chen and sophomores Karen Chung, a 2014 All-American, Gabriella Then, walk-on Victoria Morgan and Elizabeth Doty, a transfer from Wake Forest.
USC had nine wins last year, including a national best 10th NCAA regional crown, the total two better than the school-record seven it won in 2013. The Trojans finished no lower than a tie for second place in the four events it didn't win.
That included a two-stroke loss to Duke at the 2014 NCAA Championships, where USC just missed its second straight national title and the fourth in program history. In addition to national championships in 2003, 2008 and 2013, Gaston's USC teams have finished second at the NCAAs four times, including three times in the last five seasons (2010, 2012, 2014) by a combined deficit of four strokes.
USC's 286.26 stroke average per round this year was the best in school history, breaking the record set last year (288.76) by 2.5 strokes. The Trojans also set a record for team rounds of par or better with 21, seven more than last year, the previous best.
Also back this year but not playing in the first event are junior two-time All-Americans Annie Park and Kyung Kim and junior walk-on Kim Santiago. USC's other newcomer is junior transfer So Young Hwang, who came over from Daytona State.