The No. 6 USC women’s golf team, a three-time winner this season, will tee off – as defending champion -- at the Arizona-hosted 2017 Pac-12 Championships, Monday through Wednesday (April 24-26), at the Sewailo G.C. in Tucson, Ariz.
Action begins at 8 a.m. each day. USC will join Oregon and Oregon State in a first-round pairing that starts at 8:40 a.m.
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. The Trojans won the ANNIKA Intercollegiate to open the season while sophomore Robynn Ree won USC’s first individual title this season in the fall-ending Nanea Pac-12 Preview. Troy then opened the spring season with a win at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and later followed it with its second straight win at the SDSU March Mayhem match play tournament.
USC’s Pac-12 Championship History
USC has won six conference titles overall and in four of the past nine years (2008, 2011, 2013, 2016). In fact USC has finished in the top 3 in 10 of the past 12 Pac-12 Championships, including finishing second in 2012 and tied for second in 2014, both by one stroke. Overall, USC has collected Pac-12 crowns in 1989, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2016 and won the Pacific West Conference title in 1986 (the last year before it became the Pac-10) … The Trojans have also won six Pac-12 individual titles, including a recent streak that saw three straight freshmen win it. Annie Park won it as a 2013 freshman at 7-under 209 (70-70-69) to become USC’s sixth conference medalist. Doris Chen won it as a freshman in 2012, taking first at 1-over 217 (77-72-68) while Sophia Popov claimed her title in a one-hole playoff as a 2011 freshman after finishing regulation at 6-under 210 (69-71-70) … The Trojans claimed the 2016 team title at 18-under 846 (278-275-293), a Pac-12 record for lowest three-round total. USC won by three strokes after leading by 13 through the second round. USC’s second round 275 was its lowest ever at a conference championship and tied for sixth lowest ever. Then-junior Gabriella Then led Troy with a tie for third at 8-under 208 (70-65-73), her second round tying USC’s record for lowest round at Pac-12s … USC won the team title in 2013, running away with a 24-stroke win behind Park’s victory and Popov’s second-place finish at 5-under 211. Chen and junior Rachel Morris also finished in the top 10 … In 2011, USC posted a five-stroke win while then-freshman Popov won the individual title in a one-hole playoff. USC played the final round with only four players after Lisa McCloskey suffered a rib injury, yet the shorthanded Trojans had enough for the win. Popov’s string of birdies (when she knocked in five of seven between 7 and 13) helped her secure her seventh straight top 7 finish … In 2008, USC posted a dominating 26-stroke win for Gaston's first Pac-10 crown at Troy. Serving as host school, USC combined for an 8-over 860 (285-292-283) to win during a windy three-day event. Troy was led by senior Paola Moreno, who won USC's third individual championship with a 1-under 212 (70-75-67), the Trojans' best ever 54-hole total at a conference championship at the time. She led five Trojan golfers who all finished in the top 8. Moreno joined USC's previous two individual Pac-10 title winners Candie Kung (2000) and Jennifer Biehn (1994) ... In addition to USC's six team titles, Troy has finished second or third 10 other times, including in 2009, when the Trojans finished second when then-freshman Jennifer Song tied for first before falling in a playoff. Song went 5-under during the final seven holes of the Pac-10 Championships to get into a three-way playoff with Arizona's State's Carlotta Ciganda and Jennifer Osborn (Osborn won it on the first hole) ... Lizette Salas, as a sophomore in 2009, set USC's record for low round at the Pac-12 Championships with a final-round 65, tied by Then in 2016. Popov came close with a first-round 66 in 2013. Moreno (2008) and Anna Rawson (2001) were the previous record holders at 67.
The 2016-17 Trojans
USC features a six-woman roster with four players from last year, including senior Tiffany Chan and sophomore Robynn Ree, who both earned WGCA All-American second team honors in 2015-16 while. 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.
Chan and senior Gabriella 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. Senior Victoria 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.
Joining the quartet of returning players are 2017 freshman Allisen Corpuz, a three-time AJGA All-American who saw action this fall, and 2017 freshman and spring enrollee Muni He, a 2016 Rolex Junior All-American first teamer who reached the round of 64 in both the 2016 U.S. Women's Amateur as well as the 2016 U.S. Girls' Junior.
The Trojans lost the services of senior All-American Karen Chung, who has turned pro at the end of the 2016 fall semester after she earned full status on the LPGA Tour through qualifying school.
EVENT-BY-EVENT STARTING LINEUPS
ANNIKA Intercollegiate: Chan-Then-Chung-Morgan-Ree
Windy City Collegiate Classic: Morgan-Chung-Then-Ree-Corpuz
Stanford Intercollegiate: Morgan-Ree-Corpuz-Doty
Pac-12 Preview (individual only): Ree-Corpuz-Doty
Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge: Morgan-Ree-Then-Chan-He
Bruin Wave Invitational: Morgan-Then-Chan-He-Corpuz
Gifford Great 8: Morgan-Then-Chan-He-Ree
SDSU March Mayhem: Morgan-Then-Chan-He-Corpuz
Liz Murphey Collegiate: Morgan-Then-Chan-He-Corpuz
- The Trojans have won 30 times in the last 56 tournaments dating back to the third event in the fall of 2012.
- The season-opening win at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate is USC’s third season-opening victory in its last four seasons.
- Senior Victoria Morgan has a team-best three top 10 finishes this year (all in the top 8) and four top 15 finishes.
- Sophomore Robynn Ree has a team-best five top 20 finishes (all in the top 17), including her win at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview.
- Ree has a team-best two rounds in the 60s this year.
- Sophomore Robynn Ree leads the Trojans in stroke average (71.53), benefitted slightly by missing the windy and high-scoring Bruin Wave Invitational. Morgan is second (73.06) with senior Gabriella Then third (73.50).
- Freshman Muni He has had a great start to her Trojan career, first tying for 24th at 6-over 219 (78-71-70) at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and posting USC’s best combined final 36 holes. She then was USC’s low scorer at the Bruin Wave, tying for seventh at 6-over 225 (73-78-74). He followed that with a tie for first at 4-under 68 in the single-round triangular with Pepperdine and Northwestern.
- Robynn Ree is ranked 10th by Golfweek and 14th by Golfstat.
- Victoria Morgan is ranked 13th by Golfstat and 42nd by Golfweek.
- Muni He is ranked 17th by Golfweek. Has not played enough rounds to be ranked on Golfstat.
- Gabriella Then is ranked 57th by Golfstat and 74th by Golfweek.
- Allisen Corpuz is ranked 61st by Golfstat and 96th by Golfweek.
- Tiffany Chan is ranked 145th by Golfweek. Has not played enough rounds to be ranked on Golfstat.
USC’s Match Play Records
- Tiffany Chan is 9-1 and won her first seven matches.
- Gabriella Then is 7-2-1 and won her last seven matches.
- Allisen Corpuz is 7-2-1 and won her first five matches.
- Muni He is 6-3.
- Victoria Morgan is 4-4-2.
- Robynn Ree is 2-0-1.