USC Women's Golf, Amari Avery Post Wins At Icon Invitational
The No. 15 USC women's golf team turned in one of its best regular-season performances in program history, combining for a school-record 39-under par — led by winning freshman Amari Avery's 15-under and fellow freshman Xin (Cindy) Kou's third-place 13-under — to capture the Icon Invitational on Tuesday (Feb. 22) at the Golf Club of Houston.
The Trojans nailed down their first tournament victory of the season at 39-under 825 (270-281-274) for a 15-stroke victory, following their school-record 18-under opening round with a 14-under today, tied for the fourth-best round in program history.
Avery, the spring semester enrollee in just her second stroke play tournament in college, won her first college hardware at 15-under 201 (65-71-65), clinching her one-stroke win with a short par on 18 after seven birdies on the day.
Her 15-under tied the USC record for most under par in a 54-hole event, previously owned alone by Trojan 2006 NCAA champion Dewi Claire Schreefel, who set the mark in 2007. Avery, who had only two bogeys all tournament, is also the first Trojan to post a pair of 65s in one tournament.
Kou, barely outdone, tied for third at 13-under 203 (68-68-67), her third top 5 finish this season and also with only two bogeys. Her rounds under 70 this year now total seven, good for a tie for fifth on USC's all-time season chart, while the 13-under is tied for the third-best total in school history.
Senior Katherine Muzi (68-73-71) and sophomore Michaela Morard (69-72-71) tied for 11th at 4-under 212. For Muzi, it was her third top 11 and fourth top 20 showing this season while it was a USC best for Morard, a first-year Trojan.
Sophomore Brianna Navarrosa tied for 16th at 2-under 214 (71-70-73), her third top 16 and fifth top 24 this season.
"It was great to see this group come out early in the final round and make a few birdies to really slam the door shut on this tournament," USC Head Coach Justin Silverstein said. "A lot of smart work went into this record-setting performance and I'm thrilled that this group is getting rewarded for that work.
"Amari's performance was spectacular and we couldn't be more proud of the way she has transitioned from high school to college. Cindy, Michaela, Kat and Brianna also played great golf and they're all on the verge of doing something really special.
"We look forward to getting back out to compete in Seal Beach next week with some really good west coast schools."
That would be The Gold Rush, set for Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 28-March 1), an event the Trojans won last season.