Women's Golf Heads To NCAA Championships

May 21, 2002

THE FACTS--The No. 15 USC women's golf team travels to Auburn, Wash., to compete in the 2002 NCAA Women's Golf Championships hosted by the University of Washington at Washington National Golf Course on May 21-24. Twenty-four schools will participate, along with six individuals. The Women of Troy, who have finished in the top seven at the NCAAs for four years running, will be seeking their first national championship. Each round will tee off at 8 a.m.

LAST YEAR'S TOURNAMENT--USC shot 1,196 to place seventh at the 2001 NCAA Women's Golf Championships held at Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. USC finished 20 strokes behind national champion Georgia. Sophomore All-American Candie Kung tied for third with a score of 287.

LAST TIME OUT--The Women of Troy took eighth at the NCAA West Regional held at Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., on May 9-11. USC shot 908 overall. Junior Mikaela Parmlid tied for second with a one-under-par 215.

SO FAR THIS YEAR--The Women of Troy have played in 11 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 301.23.

RANKINGS--USC is ranked 15th in the latest Golfweek poll. Individually, Mikaela Parmlid is ranked 10th, while Becky Lucidi is 24th.

RESULTS AND LIVE STATS--Live scoring for the NCAA Championships will be available at www.golfstat.com or www.usctrojans.com.

THE FIELD--The 23 teams that will be competing with USC are: Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Texas, Tulsa, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington. The six individuals competing are Meredith Duncan of LSU, Meaghan Francella of Memphis, Martina Gillen of Kent State, Melanie Hagewood of Baylor, Kristi Larson of New Mexico and Alena Sharp of New Mexico State.Format: Eighteen holes will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a fixed start beginning at 8 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.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 11 tournaments and placed in the top 10 in nine of them, including five top five finishes ... Her stroke average of 73.06 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 the NCAA West Regional, she led the Women of Troy by shooting 215 to tie for 2nd ... At last season's NCAA Championships, she tied for 49th with a score of 304 ... She is currently ranked 10th 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 ... Tied for 15th at the NCAA West Regionals ... Currently 24th 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 76.06 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 ... Tied for 45th at the NCAA West Regionals ... Tied for 49th at last year's NCAA Championships with a score of 304 ... Currently ranked 87th by Golfweek/Sagarin ... Has been a fashion model in her native Australia.

YON YIM--Junior Yon Yim had one of the best tournaments of her career at this year's Pac-10s, where she placed 15th with a score of 228 ... On the season, she has a stroke average of 79.13, 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 (seventh) 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 Championships Under Andrea Gaston

2000-2001 Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. 296-307-293-300--1,196 (7th)1999-2000 Sunriver, Ore. 305-291-297-306--1,199 (4th)1998-1999 Tulsa, Okla. 305-302-307--914 (7th)1997-1998 Madison, Wisc. 299-291-298-305--1,193 (7th)

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