Women's Golf
    Stanford Intercollegiate Next Up For Troy

    Sophomore Rachel Morris

    Oct. 13, 2011

    The USC womens' golf team, featuring returning All-Americans Lisa McCloskey and Sophia Popov and ranked No. 2 in the Golf World/NGCA Division I College Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll, continues the 2011-2012 fall schedule with the 2011 Stanford Intercollegiate, Friday through Sunday (Oct. 14-16), at the Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course.

    Play begins on the par 71, 6,100-yard course at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. In addition to USC and host-Stanford, the field includes Arizona State, Denver, Kent State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Texas, UC Davis, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Washington.

    Live results are available at Golfstat.com.

    The Trojans, who have finished in the NCAA top 5 six years in a row and in seven of the past nine seasons, return five golfers from the 2011 squad that tied for fifth at the 2011 NCAA Championships and that won four tournaments, including the 2011 Pac-10 Championships and the 2011 NCAA West Regional.

    Leading the mix is McCloskey, a senior, and Popov, a sophomore who was the national and Pac-10 freshman of the year last season. Also back are junior Cyna Rodriguez (2010-11 All-Pac-10 honorable mention), a regular starter last year, as well as senior Inah Park and sophomore Rachel Morris (2011 All-NCAA West Region), both of whom registered multiple starts as well.

    USC bolstered its lineup with freshmen Kristen Park, the nation's top women's recruit, and Doris Chen, another former U.S. Girls' Junior champion.



    The Trojans are led by 16th-year head coach Andrea Gaston, who was named the National Golf Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2011 for the second time in here career after leading USC to four wins on the season.

    2011-2012 Event Recaps

    2011 Fall Preview
    In its first event of the season, USC finished eighth in the 2011 Fall Preview at 24-over 888 (292-300-296). Sophia Popov and Lisa McCloskey tied for eighth to lead the Trojans, who finished 15 strokes back of first place. Popov (72-72-74) and McCloskey (73-73-72) each finished at 2-over 212, six shots out of first.