Women's Golf
    USC Resumes Fall Schedule At Stanford Intercollegiate

    Junior Kyung Kim is set for her season debut this weekend at the Stanford Intercollegiate.
    Oct. 16, 2014

    The USC women's golf team, coming off of a win at the Windy City Collegiate Classic last week in Chicago, plays in its own Weekender at the Stanford Intercollegiate, Friday through Sunday (Oct. 17-19), at the Stanford (Calif.) G.C.

    The 17-team field includes No. 1 Washington, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Northwestern, No. 6 USC, No. 10 UCLA, No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 23 UC Davis, Arizona State, California, Clemson, Georgia, Harvard, Iowa State, Kentucky, Oregon, Oregon State and San Jose State.

    The Trojans are the two-time defending champions of the event and junior Kyung Kim, who is making her 2014-15 season debut, is one of three former tournament champions in the field (she won it as a freshman in 2012). Action begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. USC, which won last year with a tournament record of 21-under, has featured three individual winners, including Kim in 2012, Jennifer Song in 2009 and Lizette Salas in 2008.

    Results will be available at Birdiefire.com.

    USC will feature its third different lineup in as many events as Kim joins fellow two-time All-American junior Annie Park, three-time All-American senior Doris Chen, All-American sophomore Karen Chung and sophomore Gabriella Then.


    USC, which won the Windy City Collegiate last week after it finished sixth in its season-opener, 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.

    In addition to the five returning starters, USC welcomes back juniors Victoria Morgan and Kim Santiago, both walk-ons. USC's two fall newcomers are junior transfers Elizabeth Doty (Wake Forest) and So Young Hwang (Daytona State).


    NOTES
    * Junior Annie Park has qualified for the final stage of the LPGA "Q" School, set for Dec. 3-7 at the LPGA International G.C. She tied for third at the Stage II event at 6-under 282 (70-71-71-70) while 2014 USC grad and fellow final stage qualifier Sophia Popov tied for 41st at 2-over 290 (71-73-70-76). Park was the only player in Stage II to finish under-par in all four rounds.
    * Park's win at the Windy City Collegiate Classic was the sixth of her Trojan career, breaking the USC career record she previously shared with former teammate Sophia Popov, Irene Cho and Mikaela Parmlid.
    * Park and teammate Kyung Kim are tied for second on USC's career list for rounds in the 60s with 17 apiece. Park started the season with 15. Sophia Popov owns the record at 22.