Women's Golf Opens Season At Mason Rudolph
Sept. 24, 2009
The USC women's golf team, ranked No. 2 in Golfweek's 2009-2010 preseason poll, gets the new season underway at the 2009 Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club North Course in Franklin, Tenn., Friday through Sunday (Sept. 25-27).
USC, under 14th-year coach Andre Gaston, returns three All-Americans in senior Belen Mozo, junior Lizette Salas and sophomore Jennifer Song. All are ranked among Golfweek's preseason top 10 individual players with Song at No. 1, Salas at No. 5 and Mozo at No. 9 (though Mozo is still recovering from summer shoulder surgery and will not play this week).
Including the 2003 and 2008 NCAA titles, USC has finished in the NCAA Championships' top 4 in five of the past seven years. In fact, the Trojans, who finished third in 2009, have reached the NCAA Championships 12 times in a row under Gaston and have been in the top 7 nine times.
They start the 2009-10 season against a formidable field that includes No. 1 Arizona State, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 Auburn, No. 9 Virginia, No. 10 Duke, No. 11 LSU, No. 14 Georgia, No. 17 Arizona, No. 21 host Vanderbilt, No. 22 Stanford, No. 26 Texas, No. 29 Florida, No. 31 Tulane and No. 47 South Carolina.
Action will begin at 8 a.m. CST on Friday and Saturday and at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Results will be available at Golfstat.com.