Women's Golf Heads To NCAA West Regionals

May 10, 2001

THE FACTS--The No. 3 USC women's golf team competes in the 2001 NCAA West Regional Golf Championships at Trysting Tree Golf in Corvallis, Ore., on May 10-12. Trysting Tree is 6,089 yards course that carries a par 72. The teams will play a total of 54 holes, 18 each day. All three rounds begin at 7:30 a.m. from the 1st and 10th tees. The top three teams from the regionals, plus an additional two individuals, will advance to the NCAA Championships. Of the 21 teams competing in the tournament, nine are ranked in the Golfweek top 25.

LAST YEAR'S TOURNAMENT--USC finished third at the 2000 NCAA West Regionals at Tempe, Ariz., behind a second-place finish from Candie Kung, whose second round 65 was the lowest round in Women of Troy history. Two years ago in Houston, Tex., USC won the NCAA West Regional thanks to a fourth place finish by Jennifer Rosales and fifth place finishes by Leila Chartrand and Nicole Dalkas.

LAST TIME OUT--USC took fourth at the Pac-10 Championships held in Tempe, Ariz., on April 23-25. Freshman Anna Rawson led the Women of Troy, finishing in a tie for 10th.

SO FAR THIS YEAR--The Women of Troy are once again having a fine season, with nine top five finishes and two team tournament championships. USC has a season stroke average of 296.9 and a low round of 285. The Women of Troy have been ranked no lower than fourth all season in the national polls. USC showed its mettle recently by defeating defending national champ Arizona for the first time since 1999 at the PING Arizona.

RANKINGS--USC is ranked third in the latest Golfweek poll and fourth in the MasterCard Poll. Candie Kung is ranked second in the MasterCard rankings and sixth in the Golfweek rankings, while Leila Chartrand is ranked 23rd by MasterCard.

CANDIE KUNG--Sophomore Candie Kung is having another stellar year after earning All-American honors as a freshman ... She is currently ranked second by MasterCard and sixth by Golfweek ... Named to the All-Pac-10 first team for the second consecutive year after finishing 15th at the 2001 Pac-10s ... Won the 2000 Pac-10 Individual Champion (USC's first since Jennifer Biehn in 1994) after shooting 218 in Eugene ... So far this season, Candie has seven top five finishes in niine tournaments played ... Her best showing was at the Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Classic in Hilton Head, S.C., on Nov. 3-5, where she shot a season-low 213 to tie for fourth ... Candie recently received a sponsor's exemption and competed at the Office Depot LPGA Classic at Wilshire Country Club, where she tied for 21st while shooting 217 ... Her stroke average to date this season is identical to her stroke average last season (72.6) and she has a low round of 67 ... She is holds Women of Troy records for lowest round (65) and lowest season stroke average (72.6) ... She is the fourth Women of Troy golfer to earn All-American first-team honors.

LEILA CHARTRAND--Junior Leila Chartrand is having her finest season as a Trojan, tallying three top 10 finishes this season on her way to a rank of 23rd in the MasterCard individual rankings ... Her top performance was at the Stanford Women's Intercollegiate, where she shot a career-low 214 on her way to a third place finish ... Finished 23rd at the Pac-10 Championships and was named to the All-Pac-10 second team ... Her stroke average of 74.6 is second on the squad.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS--USC which finished fourth at last season's NCAA championships in Sunriver, Ore., will be shooting for its first national championship at the 2001 event held in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., on May 23-26,

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