No. 14 Women's Golf Heads To NCAA West Regionals

May 7, 2002

THE FACTS--The No. 14 USC women's golf team travels to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the 2002 NCAA West Regional Championships at Stanford Golf Course on May 9-11. Twenty-one schools will participate, with eight teams and two individuals slated to advance from the regional to the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Washington in Auburn, Wash., on May 21-24. USC is seeded sixth at the regional.

LAST YEAR'S TOURNAMENT--USC shot 886 to finish eighth at the 2001 NCAA West Regional in Corvallis, Ore. Mikaela Parmlid tied for 19th to lead the Women of Troy, while All-American Candie Kung tied for 22nd.

LAST TIME OUT--USC shot 909 to tie for fifth at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships held at the Walla Walla Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash. Parmlid was the top finisher for the Women of Troy, placing third with a score of 218.

SO FAR THIS YEAR--The Women of Troy have played in 10 tournaments so far this season, placing in the top five in four of them. USC's best tournament was at the Stanford Women's Invitational, where the Trojans shot 872--including a season-low 288 in the final round--to finish in a tie for second. As a team, USC has a stroke average of 301.07.

RANKINGS--USC is ranked 14th in the latest Golfweek poll. Mikaela Parmlid is ranked 13th individually, while Becky Lucidi is 25th.

RESULTS AND LIVE STATS--Results will be available at each afternoon as soon as possible. The action can be followed live at

THE FIELD--The 21 teams and three individuals are as follows: Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, California, Washington, Southern California, Pepperdine, Stanford, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Idaho, San Francisco, San Jose State, UC Irvine, Denver, Brigham Young, Colorado State, Washington State, Campbell, Oral Roberts, Northern Arizona, Erin Kerr (Colorado), Sarah Walter (Portland) and Kathy Cho (Oregon).

THE FORMAT--Eighteen holes will be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a fixed start beginning at 7:30 a.m. each day from the first and 10th tees. The top four scores from each five-person team will count towards the team score. Pairings and tee times will be assigned for the first two rounds based on seeding. The third round pairings and tee times will be determined by score after round two.

ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS--USC juniors Mikaela Parmlid and Becky Lucidi were both named to the 2002 All-Pac-10 first team, while sophomore Anna Rawson was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention.

MIKAELA PARMLID--Junior Mikaela Parmlid has put together another solid season, earning All-Pac-10 first team honors in 2002 after being named to the second team for each of the previous two years ... The hard-hitting Parmlid has had a sizzling spring, winning the Peg Barnard Intercollegiate (her first collegiate win), finishing second at the Spartan Invitational and third at the Pac-10 Championships ... For the season, she has played in 10 tournaments and placed in the top 10 in eight of them, including four top five finishes ... Her stroke average of 73.21 leads the team ... Her round of 67 that she shot at the Stanford Women's Invitational is the lowest round by a USC golfer this season ... At last year's NCAA West Regional, she led the Women of Troy by shooting 226 to tie for 19th ... She is currently ranked 13th in the Sagarin/Golfweek rankings.

BECKY LUCIDI--Junior Becky Lucidi transferred to USC from New Mexico and, after sitting out a year, has made an immediate impact for the Women of Troy ... She was recently named to the All-Pac-10 first team ... Her stroke average of 74.32 is second-best on the USC squad ... She has five top 10 finishes on the season, including one finish in the top five ... Shot her best golf at the Stanford Women's Invitational last October when she fired a USC-season-low 208 over 54-holes to tie for sixth ... Tied for 19th at the Pac-10s ... Currently 25th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

ANNA RAWSON--Sophomore Anna Rawson has been very consistent for the Women of Troy in 2001-2002 ... Her stroke average of 75.89 is third-best on the squad ... She has four top 25 finishes on the season, including a tie for 12th at the Topy Cup ... She led the Women of Troy at the Arizona Invitational, shooting 225 to tie for 25th ... Shot a season-low 69 in the third round at that tournament ... Her career low over 54 holes came at the Stanford Women's Invitational when she shot 220 to tie for 17th ... Currently ranked 77th by Golfweek/Sagarin ... Has been a fashion model in her native Australia.

YON YIM--Junior Yon Yim is coming off one of the best tournaments of her career, as she placed 15th at the Pac-10 Championships with a score of 228 ... On the season, she has a stroke average of 79.14, fourth-best on the squad ... Has two top 25 finishes so far in 2001-2002.

USC COACH ANDREA GASTON--In her seventh season at USC, Andrea Gaston has established the Women of Troy as one of the top women's golf programs in the country. Last season, two-time All-American Candie Kung led USC to seventh at the NCAA Championships, the fourth top seven finish in a row for the Women of Troy. In 1999-2000, the Women of Troy spent the entire season in the top three of the rankings before finishing fourth at the NCAAs. 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. But the big highlight of that season was freshman Rosales winning USC's first-ever women's NCAA individual title in only her sixth collegiate tournament. Gaston, a 1980 graduate of Cal State-Northridge, is 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.

USC at the NCAA West Regionals Under Andrea Gaston

2000-2001 Corvallis, Ore. 308-298-310--916 (8th)1999-2000 Tempe, Ariz. 308-285-295--888 (3rd)1998-1999 Houston, Tex. 299-294-286--879 (1st)1997-1998 Stanford, Calif. 297-302-300--899 (5th tie)1996-1997 Tucson, Ariz. 301-312-306--919 (19th)1995-1996 Lincoln, Neb. 317-331-313--961 (11th tie)

Golfweek/Sagarin Team Rankings

1 Auburn2 Duke3 Tulsa4 Ohio State5 Texas6 Oklahoma State7 Tennessee8 Arizona9 Georgia10 Arizona State11 Vanderbilt12 Florida13 Michigan State14 USC15 Pepperdine16 Washington17 California18 Oklahoma19 UCLA20 Wake Forest

Golfweek/Sagarin Individual Rankings

1 Lorena Ochoa, Arizona

2 Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa

3 Katherine Hull, Pepperdine

4 Angela Jerman, Georgia

5 V. Nirapathpongporn, Duke

6 Kristy McPherson, South Carolina

7 Candy Hannemann, Duke

8 Jimin Kang, Arizona State

9 Celeste Troche, Auburn

10 Meredith Duncan, LSU

11 Courtney Swain, Auburn

12 Danielle Downey, Auburn

13 Mikaela Parmlid, USC

14 Emily Bastel, Michigan State

15 Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine

16 Young-A Yang, Tennessee

17 Summer Sirmons, Georgia

18 Lisa Meldrum, Oklahoma

19 Janice Olivencia, Texas

20 Sarah Johnston, Alabama

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