Trojans Take On 2009 Fall Preview
Oct. 21, 2009
The No. 6 USC women's golf team, led by sophomore Jennifer Song, the nation's No. 1-ranked golfer, returns to action at the 2009 UNCW Fall Preview at the Country Club of Landfall's Pete Dye Course in Wilmington, N.C., Oct. 23-25.
The Women of Troy, under 14th-year coach Andrea Gaston, will feature their third different lineup of the season, consisting of seniors Belen Mozo, Stefanie Endstrasser and Caroline Kim, junior Lizette Salas and sophomore Inah Park. Endstrasser is seeing her first action of the season.
Song, who has won individual titles in each of USC's first two events, will miss the event after receiving an LPGA Tour playing exemption into the Hana Bank - KOLON Championship in Incheon, South Korea. Practice rounds begin Monday (Oct. 26) and the event kicks off Oct. 30 and runs through Nov. 1.
The Trojans playing this week on the 6,325-yard, par 72 course will face a field including host North Carolina-Wilmington, Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Denver, Duke, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, New Mexico, UNC Chapel Hill, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Purdue, UCLA, Virginia and two-time defending champion Wake Forest
The course will also host the 2010 NCAA Women's Golf Championship next May.Action Friday through Sunday begins at 8:30 a.m. each day, the final round with a shotgun start.
Results can be followed live at Golfstat.com.
USC returns four All-Americans overall in Mozo, Endstrasser, Salas and Song. Mozo, Salas and Song were ranked among Golfweek's preseason top 10 individual players with Song at No. 1, Salas at No. 5 and Mozo at No. 9.
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.
2009-2010 EVENT RECAPS
MASON RUDOLPH CHAMPIONSHIP
At the rain-shortened Mason Rudolph earlier this year, USC, which began the final round tied for first with Auburn at 10-under, didn't card the lowest round of the day, but its 6-under 282 was good enough to take the two-round title at 16-under 560 (278-282). The win was USC's first since winning the 2008 national championship. Jennifer Song won the individual title, her first solo title as a collegiate player (she tied for first at the Pac-10 Championships). Song fired a pair of 6-under 66s to win the event at 12-under 132 (66-66), three strokes better than Vanderbilt's Alex Marina and Auburn's Cydney Clanton (who were tied at 135).
USC finished fifth, but sophomore Jennifer Song fired her fourth sub-70 round in five tries (through two events) and her final-round 67 was good enough to finish at 8-under 205 (67-71-67) to secure a three-stroke victory. She was 1-under through the front nine and remained 1-under through 14 holes. Song then birdied 15, 16 and 18 to go to 8-under. Her 205 was the third-lowest round in program history. Senior Belen Mozo, playing in her first event of the year following off-season shoulder surgery, tied for 33rd at 7-over 220 (75-70-75).