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Amari Avery, USC Women's Golf Win Second Title In A Row At The Gold Rush

Mar 1, 2022
USC won for the second time in a row, this time setting a school-record for greatest margin of victory (36).

Freshman Amari Avery became the first Trojan to win back-to-back events in nine years and led a starting five that all finished in the top 8 while setting a school-record for margin of victory Tuesday (March 1) at The Gold Rush at Old Ranch C.C.

The Trojans, coming off record performance for strokes under par in their first win of the season last week in Houston, toppled another school standard today by winning The Gold Rush by 36 strokes, two better than the mark they set last year at the same event.

USC won at 1-under 863 (288-289-286), defending its title here and winning The Gold Rush for the third time. UCLA was second at 35-over, Hawaii third at 39-over. It is Troy's first two-event win streak since winning the Silverado Showdown and Pac-12 Championship last April.

Avery captured her second trophy in as many weeks with a 5-under 211 (69-74-68), becoming the first Trojan - and the first USC freshman - since Annie Park to win twice in a row. Park, like Avery, was a spring semester freshman enrollee when she finished the 2013 season by winning the Pac-12, NCAA Regional and NCAA Championships.

Avery's teammates were pushing up the leaderboard all tournament. Senior Katherine Muzi posted her second-best finish as a Trojan by taking second at 1-over 217 (70-75-72) while freshman Xin (Cindy) Kou locked up her fourth top 5 of the year in fourth at 3-over 219 (73-74-72). Her final round was her team best 12th round of par or better.

Sophomores Brianna Navarrosa (76-73-74) and Michaela Morard (79-68-76) tied for eighth at 7-over 223. It marked the fourth time in a row Morard has improved her finish from the previous event while Navarrosa secured her fourth top 16 result.

"This was an insanely good week for a group that has worked really hard and really smart to get here," said USC Coach Justin Silverstein, who now has 16 team titles under his belt. "They should be very proud of themselves for how they handled this difficult golf course this week and how they performed during this three tournament stretch we just played.

"Amari's back-to-back wins have been very fun to watch and the best is yet to come for her as a Trojan golfer. This group needs to get some rest and then we will start preparing for our next event which is a semi-home game at Palos Verdes Golf Club."

Sophomore Christine Wang, playing individually, tied for 26th at 16-over 232 (77-80-75).

Avery, whose two wins in a season is the first for a Trojan since Allisen Corpuz last year, now has five rounds in the 60s in nine outings and has three top 6 finishes in as many tries.

Including Muzi's win in the fall, USC has three individual wins for the first time since it boasted four medalist honors in the 2018-19 season. USC has also now won two events in a season for the 13th consecutive season.