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USC Women's Golf Looks To Keep Win Streak Going At Sun Devil Winter Classic

Feb 13, 2021

Scoring

The USC women's golf team, which finished the 2019-20 season ranked No. 1 with two consecutive wins and then opened the 2020-21 season with a third straight victory, will play its second spring event, Monday through Wednesday (Feb. 15-17), at the Sun Devil Winter Classic at the Talking Stick G.C. Piipaash Course in Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
The Trojans, under third-year head coach Justin Silverstein, are riding a national-best streak of 14 straight top 5 NCAA finishes dating back to the 2019 NCAA Championships and won the most recent Pac-12 Championship in 2019.
 
The Trojans kicked off the new season with a dominating 26-stroke win at the Lamkin San Diego Invitational for their third straight win dating back to last season.
 
USC will try to make it four in a row in the desert playing in an all-Pac-12 field that also includes host Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Colorado, California, Oregon State, Oregon, Washington and Washington State.
 
The Trojans tee off Monday at 7:45 a.m. PT. Results will be available at Golfstat.com.
 
USC will employ the same starting lineup for the second event in a row that includes senior All-Americans Allisen Corpuz, Amelia Garvey and Alyaa Abdulghany as well as junior Katherine Muzi and freshman Brianna Navarrosa.
 
Trojan Bonafides
Among the starting five set for tomorrow, Corpuz returns after earning All-American first team honors last year. In addition to leading USC with her (career-best) four top 7 finishes and five in the top 11, Corpuz (also an honorable mention All-American in 2018) topped USC with a 71.57 stroke average, the fifth-best in program history. She finished with a team-high-tying four rounds in the 60s, which gave her 10 for her career, joining a tie for 10th-most in program history.
 
Abdulghany and Garvey are two time All-American honorable mention picks (2019-20).
 
Garvey closed last season with three straight fifth-place finishes, including in Troy's final event at the Bruin Wave Invitational, where she was even at 216 (75-69-72). She also tied for fifth at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at 3-under 210 (69-73-68) -- her final round one off her career best -- and was fifth at the Rebel Beach Intercollegiate at 4-under 212 (73-70-69).
 
She finished the season second on the team in stroke average with a career-best 72.00 (tied for 11th-best in school history) and her four rounds in the 60s tied Corpuz for team best.
 
Abdulghany was third on the Trojans with a career-best stroke average of 72.17 (16th-best in school history) last year and was second in rounds of par or better with 12 and was tied for third in rounds in the 60s (three).
 
She had three top 10s on the season, giving her 11 for her career. She posted a season-best fourth at the Rebel Beach Intercollegiate at 5-under 211 (62-67-72) and followed it with a sixth at the Bruin Wave Invitational at 3-over 219 (71-71-77). Abdulghany posted a then-season-best tie for eighth at the Stanford Intercollegiate at 2-under 211 (70-72-69).
 
In the off-season, Corpuz was a finalist at the 2020 North & South Amateur Championship, played in the 2020 U.S. Open and represented Team America in the Arnold Palmer Cup.
 
Garvey played in the U.S. Open as well, just missing the cut, while Abdulghany played against Corpuz in the Arnold Palmer Cup and helped Team International secure the event's title. Abdulghany also reached the semifinals of the 2020 U.S. Women's Amateur.
 
Muzi's off-season was highlighted by a big win in November, capturing the Golfweek Moorpark Amateur at Moorpark (Calif.) C.C. at 2-under 214 (72-70-72). The victory helped Muzi jump 133 places in the World Amateur Golf Rankings to a career-best 258th.
 
Rounding out the starting lineup is freshman Brianna Navarrosa from San Diego, who was ranked No. 5 by Rolex AJGA as a 2020 senior and near the top 100 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
 
Last Tournament Review
USC waited more than 11 months to return to NCAA action and did so in style, winning the Lamkin San Diego Invitational by 24 strokes while senior Allisen Corpuz claimed medalist honors by birdieing the final two holes at the Farms G.C. in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The Trojans combined for a 16-over 880 (295-290-295), posting a wire-to-wire win with UCLA and TCU tying for second at 40-over 904. All five Trojans finished inside the top 16, led by Corpuz's 2-under 214 (71-69-74), marking her first 54-hole win. She previously had finished first in the single round of the SDSU March Mayhem as a 2018 sophomore ahead of that event's match play format.
 
Player/Team Notes
* Allisen Corpuz's victory at the Lamkin San Diego Invitational was her second career medalist honor but first in a 54-hole event. She previously finished first in the single round of the SDSU March Mayhem as a 2018 sophomore ahead of that event's match play format (which USC also won).
 
* Corpuz's win in the season opener marked her fifth top 7 finish in her last seven events, her eighth top 25 in a row and her 14th top 30 in her last 16 starts. It was also the fourth time in the last eight events she's been USC's highest finisher (includes one tie).
 
* Corpuz led USC with 13 rounds under par last year and opened this season with two more. She also co-led USC with four rounds in the 60s and has notched her first this year.
 
* Alyaa Abdulghany's tie for 10th in the season opener marked her third straight top 10 finish, her fourth in the last six events and eighth in her last 13. It's also 13 straight top 29 finishes, and 16 out of 17 in the top 29.
 
* Amelia Garvey's 16th-place finish in the season opener marked her fourth straight top 16 result and her 11th top 16 dating back to the start of the 2018-19 season.
 
* Katherine Muzi's start in the season opener was her first and her seventh-place finish was a career best.
 
* USC's win in the season opener was its third in a row, marking the second time under third-year Head Coach Justin Silverstein the Trojans have won three in a row. It is also the program's seventh win streak of three or more events.