USC Signs Quartet Of Standout Golfers|
Nov. 12, 2014
Tiffany Chan, the No. 1-ranked junior college golfer in the country from Hong Kong, Amy Lee, the No. 14-ranked prep player in the country from Brea, Calif., Robynn Ree, the No. 9-ranked prep player from Redondo Beach, Calif., and Isabel Ji, the No. 70-ranked prep player from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., have signed national letters of intent, USC 19th-year head coach Andrea Gaston announced on Wednesday (Nov. 12).
Lee will enroll in January of 2015 and compete on the Trojans' 2014-15 team, which won two of four fall events. Chan, Ree and Ji will enroll in the fall of 2015.
"We look forward to welcoming Amy, Tiffany, Robynn and Isabel to our team next season and for them to become part of our Trojan Golf Family," USC 19th-year head coach Andrea Gaston said. "We expect each player to make big contributions to the team and work toward Pac-12 and NCAA Championships while also embracing the tremendous school spirit, camaraderie and tradition that makes USC and our program so special."
Chan comes to USC from Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla., and grew up in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong. She won the 2014 NJCAA national title and was the 2014 National and Florida Junior College Player of the Year, helping Daytona State win its seventh national title. Despite playing for a junior college, Chan finished last season as the No. 7 overall women's golfer in the final 2014 Golfstat Cup. In addition to her national accolades, Chan has made a name for herself in international competition. The Hong Kong native represented her country in the 2012 and 2014 World Amateur Championship as well as the 2014 World University Golf Championship, which she won on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. She is currently ranked No. 31 in the World Amateur Golf rankings.
Lee, who attends Brea Olinda High in Brea, Calif., is the fifth-ranked player in the 2015 class, according to the Junior Golf Scoreboard. She represented the `West' team in the Wyndham Cup in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She played for the United States in the 2013 Jr. Solheim Cup and helped America win the 2014 Jr. Ryder Cup. She was named a 2013 AJGA All-American first teamer while earning second team honors in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and she won the 2013 PGA Junior Championship. She was the 2014 AJGA Girls Junior Championship runner-up, played on the 2014 U.S. World Cup team and reached the round of 32 at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur.
Ree, who preps at Redondo High in Redondo Beach, Calif., is the third-ranked player in the 2015 class. She played alongside Lee on the `West' team in the Wyndham Cup in 2014. Ree earned 2014 AJGA All-American first team honors and earned second team merit in 2013. She was second at the 2014 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and was 13th at the Junior PGA Championships. She won the AJGA Junior at River Ridge in 2013 and was fifth at the 2013 Junior PGA.
Rong, who currently attends Torrey Pines High in San Diego, Calif., after moving from China to the U.S. in 2012, has had success in both China and in the U.S. as a junior player. She posted 13 wins on the HSBC China Junior Championships circuit between 2009-2012 after being recruited to the China Junior Golf Team in 2009. She represented China at the 2010 Evian Master Junior Cup and was the 2010 China Golf Association Player of the Year. She qualified for the 2011 Hyundai China Women's Open and tied for 41st in a packed field at the 2011 TLPGA Invitational. Rong captained the China team in the 2012 USA-China Youth Golf Match, helping China win 9-7. A multiple winner of junior events since moving to the U.S., Rong won the 2013 Annika Invitational (Asian Region) at Mission Hills and made the cut at the 2014 Mission Hills World Ladies Championship.