Women's Golf Seeks To Defend NCAA Title
May 17, 2004
THE FACTS--The No. 7 USC women's golf team competes in the 2004 NCAA Women's Golf Championships hosted by Auburn University at the Lake Course at Grand National in Opelika, Ala., on Tuesday-Friday (May 18-21). 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.
BACK-TO-BACK?--USC won its first NCAA team title in women's golf in 2003 and will be going for its second in 2004.
LAST YEAR'S TOURNAMENT--The USC women's golf team--led by NCAA individual champion Mikaela Parmlid--captured its first-ever national title at the 2003 NCAA Women's Golf Championships held at Purdue's Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. It was the first NCAA team championship--women's or men's--in USC's grand golfing history. USC led wire-to-wire in the tournament and finished with a 72-hole total of 1197 (+45). Pepperdine was second, 15 strokes behind with a score of 1212 (+60). Parmlid won a sudden-death playoff over Florida's Andrea Vander Lende to join Jennifer Rosales as the only Women of Troy golfers to win the NCAA individual title. Parmlid shot 297 (+9) overall.
SO FAR THIS YEAR--USC has a team stroke average of 303.25 with its best finish being a second-place showing at the Ping/ASU Invitational. On the season, the Women of Troy have nine top-10 team finishes and seven top-5 finishes.
RANKINGS--USC is ranked seventh in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
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, 1,1922003 1st, 1,197
RANDOM USC NOTES--This is the 17th NCAA appearance for the Women of Troy ... Last season, USC finished 1st at the NCAA Championships in W. Lafayette, Ind. ... Over the last six years, USC has produced an NCAA team title, two NCAA individual champions, one Pac-10 individual champion, one U.S. Amateur winner, five top seven team finishes at the NCAAs and four first-team All-Americans ... In its history, USC has 11 top 10 finishes at the NCAAs and five top 5 finishes, including last year's first place and a second-place in 1994 ... USC is led by sophomore Irene Cho, who has a stroke average of 74.81 to go with six top-20 finishes (including a win at the Edean Ihlanfeldt ... Last season--as just a freshman--Cho finished tied for third at the NCAAs, just a stroke back of teammate Mikaela Parmlid ... Fellow sophomore Tanya Dergal also returns from last year's squad ... She is second on the team with a stroke average of 75.91 ... This year's NCAA team for the Women of Troy has some new faces, including senior Rachel Bell and freshmen Veronica Felibert and Catalina Marin.