Women's Golf Seeks First National Championship

May 15, 2003

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THE FACTS--The No. 3 USC women's golf team competes in the 2003 NCAA Women's Golf Championships hosted by Purdue University at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind., on Tuesday-Friday (May 20-23). The championships are a four-day 72-hole event. Play begins at 8 a.m. CST each day. Twenty-four teams and a total of 126 participants will compete. The team scoring is figured by using the low four scores out of the five golfers on each team per round. The tournament will be shown on CBS on tape delay in late June.

A FIRST?--USC is seeking its first NCAA Championship in women's golf

LAST YEAR'S TOURNAMENT--USC finished 14th at last year's NCAA Championships in Auburn, Wash. Mikaela Parmlid led the way for USC, finishing in a tie for 19th while shooting 292.

LAST TIME OUT--USC won the NCAA West Regional Championships held in Tempe, Ariz., on May 8-10. Three Women of Troy golfers finished in the top eight led by freshman Tanya Dergal, who tied for second.

SO FAR THIS YEAR--USC has three team titles this season (the West Regional, the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational) and has finished second three other times. Out of 10 tournaments played this season, USC has finished fourth or better eight times.

RANKINGS--USC is ranked third in the latest Golfstat team rankings. All-American Mikaela Parmlid is ranked third in the individual rankings.

RESULTS--Results for the tournament can be accessed live at www.usctrojans.com or at www.golfstat.com.

USC AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS1982	9th (tie), 1,2531986	3rd, 1,2021987	4th, 1,1911988	16th, 1,2301989	9th, 1,2381990	12th, 1,2561992	15th (tie), 1,2391993	5th, 1,2121994	2nd, 1,2051995	14th, 1,2311998	7th, 1,1931999	7th, 914 (fourth round canceled)2000	4th, 1,1992001	7th, 1,1962002	14th, 1,192

RANDOM USC NOTESThis is the 16th NCAA appearance for the Women of Troy ... Last season, USC finished 14th at the NCAA Championships in Auburn, Wash. ... That broke a string of four top 7 finishes for USC at the NCAAs ... Over the last five years, USC has produced an NCAA individual champion, one Pac-10 individual champion, one U.S. Amateur winner, four top seven team finishes at the NCAAs and three first-team All-Americans ... In its history, USC has 10 top 10 finishes at the NCAAs and four top 5 finishes, including a second-place in 1994 ... The most decorated golfer in USC history is Jennifer Rosales, who won the NCAA Individual title in 1998 ... Rosales was also a two-time national Player of the Year ... Current USC golfer Mikaela Parmlid could wind up eclipsing Rosale's accomplishments ... Parmlid has a USC-record-tying four career tournament titles and is the sole owner of the school mark for season wins with three in 2002-2003 ... Parmlid is also a lock to become the third Women of Troy golfer to earn back-to-back first team All-American honors, joining Rosales and Candie Kung ... This season, USC has three team tournament titles ... Senior Becky Lucidi won the 2002 U.S. Amateur last summer ... This season, Lucidi tied a school record with an eight-under round of 65 at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational ... Three Trojans: Parmlid, Lucidi and freshman Tanya Dergal were at the 2002 World Amateur in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ... Parmlid represented her native Sweden, Dergal her native Mexico and Lucidi the U.S. ... Dergal is having a nice freshman season, notching three top 10 finishes ... Freshman Irene Cho used to be a figure skater ... Junior Anna Rawson was a successful print model in Australia prior to attending USC ... USC coach Andrea Gaston is a member of the National Golf Coaches Association ... In her seven years at USC, the Women of Troy have won 12 Division I tournament titles (including two NCAA Regional Championships) and nine individual championships ... USC is making its sixth NCAA tournament appearance in a row ... USC's highest finish under Gaston came in 2000 when the Women of Troy took fourth.

Mikaela Parmlid--Parmlid has competed in nine tournaments for USC this season ... She leads the Women of Troy with a stroke average of 72.88 ... She set a USC women's record when she won her third tournament of the season at the Pioneer Bruin Classic ... She also tied former All-American Denise Strebig for most career tournament wins with four ... Only Parmlid and current LPGA star Jennifer Rosales have won back-to-back collegiate tournaments at USC ... She enjoyed a dominant spring with two wins, two second places and a tie for sixth ... She leads the Women of Troy in Par 4 scoring (4.12), Par 5 scoring (4.83), Eagles (3), Birdies (81) and in total short game (.609) ... Was named to the All-Pac-10 first team for the second-consecutive season ... Will likely become the third two-time All-American in the last six years for USC ... This is her fourth appearance at the NCAA Championships.

Becky Lucidi-- Lucidi has competed in nine tournaments for USC this season ... She is second on the squad with a stroke average of 74.88 ... She tied a Women of Troy record for lowest round when she shot an eight-under 65 in the first round of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational ... She has a total of five top 10 finishes this season, with her highest finish coming at the Edean Ihlanfeldt where she tied for third while shooting a season-low 215 over 54 holes ... Currently ranked 41st by Golfstat ... She leads USC in the categories of sub-par holes (8), fewest bogeys per round (3.19) and in pars per round (12.15) ... She was named All-Pac-10 second team after the conference tournament.

Tanya Dergal--Dergal is one of two freshmen--along with Irene Cho--to contribute to USC's success this season ... She is third on the squad with a stroke average of 75.46 ... She has three top 10 finishes on the season, including a tie for second at the NCAA West Regionals ... Her 213 at the regional was a USC season-low for 54 holes ... She leads USC in par 3 scoring (3.08) and fairways hit (.831) ... Earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors ... currently ranked 60th by Golfstat.

Irene Cho--Cho teams with Tanya Dergal to form a formidable freshman duo ... Her stroke average of 76.07 is fourth on the squad ... She has two top five finishes, including a tie for fourth at the Pioneer Bruin Classic ... She had a fine Pac-10 tournament only to be disqualified for an incorrect scorecard ... Despite that, she was still named All-Pac-10 honorable mention ... She is currently ranked 93rd by Golfstat ... She leads the Women of Troy in sand saves (.545) and is second in average putts (30.86).

Anna Rawson--Rawson is coming off some of her best rounds of the season heading into the NCAA Championships ... She fired a season-low 73 in the first round of the NCAA West Regionals ... Her best finish this season was a tie for 19th at the Ping Invitational ... After Parmlid, she has the most experience on the team at the NCAA Championships as she is making her third appearance ... She is ranked 197th by Golfstat.

Head Coach Andrea Gaston--In her seventh season as head coach, Andrea Gaston has the Women of Troy right where she wants them: among the elite of collegiate golf. That's not suprising when one considers Gaston's track record -- she's played professionally on the Women's Futures, Player's West and Florida Gold Coast Tours and spent her collegiate years pioneering the San Jose State women's golf team in the late 1970s.

When Gaston came on board to coach the USC women's team in 1996, her immediate goals were to lower team scoring averages, raise team camaraderie, and finish the season in the top 10. With six seasons under her belt, it's no accident why the team has experienced success on all counts. Gaston's emphasis on commitment, sacrifice, and hard work are the heart of her coaching, and is attributable to the team's success.

Last season, the Women of Troy--led by All-American Mikaela Parmlid--finished 14th at the NCAAs despite playing with only four players at the championships. The previous year, 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 at No. 8, after a seventh-place showing at the NCAA Championships in Madison, Wis. Another bonus was having freshman Rosales win USC's first-ever women's NCAA individual title in only her sixth collegiate tournament.

Gaston's tireless scouting efforts have paid off in a dramatic fashion. Having successfully recruited some of the most talented players in junior golf and having the opportunity to contend for national championships has quickly changed the team's entire outlook. Gaston emphasizes that it's not by accident that impact players like Parmlid or Rosales or Kung end up competing as Trojans. The 'secret' has been traveling the miles to find the best, and exposing USC's name in front of these recruits as much as possible.

Gaston completed her education at California State University, Northridge, graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1980.

Highlights of her college career include a 10th place individual finish in the NCAA Championship and a third-place finish in the Tucker Invitational at the University of New Mexico. Also during that time she competed with a number of the then-future stars of the LPGA Tour, including Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan, Beth Daniel and Betsy King. At the age of 19, Andrea also qualified to play in the 1977 U.S. Women's Open.

After a 14-year hiatus to pursue a career in business administration, Andrea returned to golf competition in 1992, and within two years ranked among the Top 10 in the nation. In that time frame, she won back-to-back California State Amateur Championships in 1993-94, had back-to-back victories in the 1994 Los Angeles and Long Beach City Championships, was a top qualifier competing in the 1994 U.S. Women's Open and the 1993-94 USGA Women's Amateur Championships, and made it to the semifinals in the 1993 USGA Women's Mid-Amateur. She was runner-up to former USC star Jill McGill in a final 36-hole match at the 1994 Colorado Broadmoor Invitational.

In 1996, while competing on the Futures Tour, Gaston learned of USC's need for a women's golf coach. After meeting with USC Director of Golf Kurt Schuette, she got a sense of his integrity and commitment to both the men's and women's programs and could see that he was very determined to returning both programs to the forefront of collegiate golf. She also knew this was a tremendous opportunity to be a part of the great tradition at USC and to become associated with the strong Trojan alumni base.

'I may have walked away from my own dreams as a player, but I have now stepped into an even bigger dream and a bigger vision,' said Gaston, who knows of no greater opportunity than to be involved in the shaping and development of young players to help them prepare for their futures.

'Golf is a great avenue for their development, and whether they choose golf as a career path or not, their experience while they're here along with their degree from USC will take them far in life no matter what choice they make. We also have big plans for the future so I know there's no better time than now to be a part of our program. Kurt, (Director of Golf) and I are totally committed to developing our golf program into one of the best in the country.'

Gaston is also an active participant in the collegiate golf coaching community as a member of the National Golf Coaches Association. She also served on the Collegiate Golf Foundation Coaches Council, the National Tour Committee and the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings Committee.

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