No. 4 Women's Golf Heads To Florida For NCAAs

May 21, 2001

THE FACTS--The No. 4 USC women's golf team competes in the 2001 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at El Campeon Golf Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., on Tues.-Fri. (May 22-25. Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. each day. El Campeon is a par 72 course with a yardage of 6,106. The Women of Troy, in the NCAAs for the 14th time, will be shooting for their fourth consecutive top seven finish at the NCAAs under head coach Andrea Gaston.

LAST YEAR'S TOURNAMENT--USC finished fourth at the 2000 NCAA Championships held at Sunriver, Ore. Leila Chartrand led the Women of Troy, finishing tied for fifth (295), while Candie Kung placed 13th (298). USC ended up 24 strokes behind champ Arizona. It was the highest NCAA finish for USC since placing second in 1994.

LAST TIME OUT--USC took eighth at the NCAA West Regional Championships held at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, Ore., on May 10-12. The Women of Troy shot 916 overall, 48 strokes back of regional champ Arizona. Sophomore Mikaela Parmlid led USC, shooting 226 to tie for 19th.

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 297.8 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 earlier in the season by defeating defending national champ Arizona for the first time since 1999 at the PING Arizona, but have struggled of late, finishing fourth at the Pac-10 Championships and eighth at the NCAA West Regionals.RANKINGS--USC is ranked fourth in the latest MasterCard poll and sixth by Golfweek. Candie Kung is ranked third in the MasterCard rankings and seventh in the Golfweek rankings, while Leila Chartrand is ranked 34th by MasterCard and Mikaela Parmlid is 35th in Golfweek.

CANDIE KUNG--Sophomore Candie Kung is having another stellar year after earning All-American honors as a freshman ... She is currently ranked third by MasterCard ... 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 Championship (USC's first since Jennifer Biehn in 1994) after shooting 218 in Eugene ... So far this season, Candie has seven top five finishes in 10 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 (73.0) is just off her stroke average last season (72.6) and she has a low round of 67 ... She 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 ... Finished 13th (298) at last season's NCAA Championships.

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 34th 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 75.1 is third on the squad ... Chartrand led the Women of Troy at the 2001 NCAA Championships, shooting 295 to tie for fifth.

MIKAELA PARMLID--Sophomore Mikaela Parmlid has put together another solid season,earning All-Pac-10 second team honors for the second straight year ... The hard-hitting Parmlid has come on strong in the second half of the season, tallying two top 10 finishes and placing in the top 20 in each of her last six tournaments ... Had her best performance when she led the team with a fifth place tie at the PING Arizona, scoring 219 to help lead USC to the team title ... Led USC at the NCAA West Regionals, shooting 226 to tie for 19th ... Her stroke average of 75.0 is second on the squad ... Parmlid was 21st at last season's NCAA Championships after shooting 300.

ANNA RAWSON--Freshman Anna Rawson has shown flashes of excellence during her first campaign ... Rawson, who hails from Adelaide, Australia, led the Women of Troy at the Pac-10 Championships, shooting a score of 221 that included a 67 final round--tied for the third-lowest round in USC history--while finishing in a tie for 10th ... Notched one other top 20 finish--a 17th at the TRW Challenge ... Has a stroke average of 76.7, fourth best on the team.

ANNA LEE--Freshman Anna Lee has been steadily improving all season ... Has tallied three top 20 finishes, including a 7th place (219) at the Pioneer Bruin Classic ... Finished tied for 15th in her USC debut at the NCAA Fall Preview ... Tied for 37th at the Pac-10 Championships ... Her stroke average of 77.0 is fifth best on the team.

ANDREA GASTON--Fifth year head coach Andrea Gaston has her USC squad on par for yet another high NCAA finish. So far in 2001, the Women of Troy have been ranked no lower than fourth in the polls and have won two team championships. Last season, the Women of Troy spent the entire season in the top three of the rankings before finishing fourth at the NCAAs in Sunriver., Ore. In 1998-'99, USC scored its second-consecutive top 10 finish (7th) and won its first ever NCAA West Regional Championship. The Trojans were led by defending NCAA Individual Champion Jennifer Rosales, who was named the Collegiate Player of the Year. In 1997-'98, USC began the year ranked at No. 31 and finished with a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wis. Another bonus was having freshman Rosales win USC's first-ever women's NCAA individual title in only her sixth collegiate tournament. Gaston has coached two first team All-Americans at USC (Candie Kung and Rosales) and has led the Women of Troy to three straight top seven finishes. Gaston completed her education at California State University, Northridge, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1980. Highlights of her college career include a 10th place individual finish in the NCAA Championship and a third-place finish in the Tucker Invitational at the University of New Mexico. Also during that time, she competed with a number of the then-future stars of the LPGA Tour, including Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan, Beth Daniel and Betsy King. At the age of 19, Andrea also qualified to play in the 1977 U.S. Women's Open. Gaston is also an active participant in the collegiate golf coaching community, serving on the Collegiate Golf Foundation Coaches Council, the National Tour Committee and the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings Committee.

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