Women's, Men's Golf Ranked In Top 5 in Golf Digest College Golf Guide

Aug. 16, 2005

Trojan Golf Ranked in Top 5 in Golf Digest College Golf GuideWomen's Golf Ranked 3rd and Men's Golf Ranked 5th

USC's women's golf program was ranked third in the nation and its men's golf program ranked fifth by Golf Digest's first 'College Golf Guide' in its September 2005 issue.

Schools were ranked in four categories: academics (using the Princeton Review's Admissions Selectivity Rating), climate, coach/facilities and golf performance. A combination of these four categories was used to rate the programs in three rankings: golf first, academics first, and balanced.

The rankings were designed to target the different priorities of junior golfers who aspire to play golf in college. The golf first ranking is for the top junior players who are looking for the best facilities and competition. The category was compiled of 60% golf performance, 20% coach/facilities, and 10% academics and climate. The academics first ranking is for junior golfers who place a high emphasis on getting a quality education. This category only included schools that did not offer golf scholarships (USC is ineligible for this category). The balanced category is for players who are looking for a challenging, top-level golf program and a great education. The breakdown for this category is 45% golf performance, 40% academics, 10% coach/facilities and 5% climate.

The USC women's team was ranked fourth in the golf-first category, much in part to their 2003 National Championship victory and eight consecutive NCAA appearances (1998 - present).

The men's golf team was ranked 12th in the golf-first ranking, thanks to holding 17 conference titles, (including back-to-back Pac-10 Championships in 2001 & 2002) a number unmatched by any team. The Trojans have also made eight NCAA appearances and have posted three top 10 NCAA finishes over the last decade.

The Trojans faired best in the balanced category. USC was ranked ahead of every private university on the men's side and was second only to Duke on the women's side. The Women of Troy were ranked third, after having produced one U.S. Women's Amateur champion (Becky Lucidi), one U.S. Women's Public Links champion (Candie Kung), two NCAA individual champions (Jennifer Rosales and Mikaela Parmlid), and seven All-Americans (Dewi Schreefel, Mikaela Parmlid, Irene Cho, Becky Lucidi, Candie Kung, Jennifer Rosales, and Jennifer Biehn) over the last decade.

The men's team was ranked fifth in the balanced category, which can be attributed to their strong showing at this year's NCAA Championship (sixth place), and having had a Western Amateur Champion (Chris Botsford), a U.S. Amateur Medalist (Roger Tambellini), a Western Amateur Medalist (Kevin Stadler), and nine All-Americans (Chad Wright, Brian Hull, Roger Tambellini, Hunter Mahan, Alex Kuyumjian, Kevin Stadler, Ben Hayes, Taylor Wood and Joshua Wooding) in the past decade.

Said Director of Golf, Kurt Schuette: 'It is a great testament to the Trojan tradition. I am especially proud of the fact that both the men's and women's teams are in the top five. We owe a lot to former players, families, boosters, coaches and administration that have helped to bring us to this level. However, we are not satisfied with being a top five program; our goal is to be number one. We will enhance our tradition by winning more conference and national championships. We will continue to strive to be the program by which all others are measured.'

Note: Also in the September issue of Golf Digest, incoming freshman Tom Glissmeyer was selected as a top player to watch in 2005-2006, while sophomore Dewi Schreefel was named a pre-season All-American.

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