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USC Women's Golf On The Big Island For Nanea Pac-12 Preview

Oct 29, 2022

The No. 11 USC women's golf team, with one win in four starts this fall, completes the first-semester schedule with a return to the islands to compete in the Pac-12 Preview at the Nanea G.C. in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

The 12-team field includes the 11 Pac-12 teams that field women's golf (all but Utah) as well as Hawaii.

Play opens with a shotgun start Monday on the par 73, 6,449-yard course at 7:30 a.m. HT . 10:30 a.m. PT. Results will be at golfstat.com.

USC won the tournament in the fall of 2013 at 15-under 861, led by Annie Park's second-place finish at 7-under and a tie for third from Sophia Popov at 6-under.

Robynn Ree won the individual title in the fall of 2016 at 6-under 213. The since-transferred Katherine Muzi won for USC in 2021 while the Trojans took second.

Starting for the the fifth time in as many events will be sophomore Amari Avery, junior Brianna Navarrosa and freshman Catherine Park. Joining them will be senior Malia Nam and junior Christine Wang.

The Trojans will be without Xin (Cindy) Kou, who will be playing in the Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship at the Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Thailand, Nov. 3-6.

The Trojans are led by fifth-year head coach Justin Silverstein and first-year assistant coach Tiffany Joh, the All-American first-teamer and LPGA star from UCLA now in her second year of collegiate coaching.

WINNING AT THE WINDY CITY
After a tough season-opener, USC came roaring back in its second event of the fall season, winning the Windy City Collegiate Classic on Oct. 4 by nine strokes while sophomore Amari Avery won her fourth career individual title by a stroke. It marked both USC's third team and individual wins at the event. Avery won at 6-under 210 (67-69-74). Fellow sophomore Xin (Cindy) Kou tied for seventh at 3-over 219 (72-75-72).

THE TROJANS IN THE RANKINGS
Amari Avery is the No. 19-ranked golfer in the NCAA per golfweek.com while Xin (Cindy) Kou is No. 70 and Brianna Navarrosa is No. 72.

TROJAN NOTES
* Amari Avery's win at the Windy City gives her four for her career, tied for fifth on USC's career chart. She has three top 14 finishes and four top 23 finishes in her first four starts as a sophomore.
* Avery has a team-best four rounds in the 60s this season, giving her 14 career rounds in the 60s, tied for seventh on USC's career chart.
* Avery leads USC with a stroke average of 71.33.
* Brianna Navarrosa's tie for third at 5-under 211 (69-70-72) at the Stephens Cup was her second top 3 finish in a five-start stretch.
* Navarrosa has three top 19 finishes this fall and seven top 22s in her last nine events.
* Xin (Cindy) Kou's T7 at the Windy City Collegiate was her sixth career top 10 of her young career and second top 17 this season. She has been inside the top 25 in all four events.
* Kou is second on the Trojans with a stroke average of 72.50, which includes eight rounds of par or better, including two under par. Her 67 to close out Stanford is her eighth career round in the 60s.
* Junior Christine Wang tied for 24th at the Windy City and was 28th at the Stephens Cup. Her 1-under 71 at the Stephens Cup marked a season-best.
Freshman Catherine Park has a pair of top 25 results this fall, including a season-best tie for 12th at the Windy City, which featured a season-best final-round 70.

TROJAN OVERVIEW
USC returns seven golfers from last year's team that posted a trio of wins, captured the 2022 NCAA Stanford Regional and finished 10th at the NCAA Championships, just outside of match play.

Avery returns following her All-American first-team debut as a 2021-22 freshman — which saw her win three times — while Nam, also an All-American as a freshman, is back after missing last season due to injury. Kou was Pac-12 honorable mention last year and started all 13 events, as did the ever-improving Navarrosa, while Park will make her debut in Cardinal and Gold.

USC saw just one departure from last season as fifth-year senior and All-Pac-12 honorable mention pick Katherine Muzi transferred for her final season to South Carolina.

TROJAN FLASH CARDS ENTERING 2022-23
* Avery was a finalist for the 2022 ANNIKA Award as well as the WGCA Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honor and managed all of that despite joining the Trojans as a spring semester freshman. Collegiately, Avery posted three wins (including at NCAA Regionals), a tie for second, a tie for fifth, a tie for sixth and a tie for eighth among her first eight stroke-play starts. 
* Avery, who tied for fourth at the Augusta National Women's Amateur, finished with seven top 10 finishes (all in the top 8) in nine stroke play events, tied for sixth on USC's all-time season list.
* Avery represented the U.S. at the 2022 Curtis Cup and Arnold Palmer Cup.
* Amari Avery won her fourth career event at the 2022 Windy City Collegiate Classic. That total is now tie for 5th on USC's career tournament wins list. She now has 12 career rounds in the 60s in less than a full season of collegiate golf, tied for ninth on USC's career chart.
* Junior Brianna Navarrosa was a 2022 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist. She finished second on the Trojans in stroke average (73.63) after starting all 13 events. She had six top 16 finishes and nine in the top 24 to go with 11 top 20s for her career. She led USC at the NCAA Championships, tying for 21st.
* Sophomore Xin (Cindy) Kou is USC's other returner who started all 13 events last year. She was just the third Trojan freshman in over 20 years to record four straight top 15s to start the season.
* Kou finished with four top 5 finishes, five top 10s and six top 15 results. Her 13-under at the Icon Invitational last year is tied for the third-best total in school history.
* Junior Michael Morard came on strong last spring and finished with three top 11s, highlighted by a tie for eighth at The Gold Rush and a tie for 11th at the Icon Invitational. She had 11 rounds of par or better.
* Injured last season, graduate senior Malia Nam looks to return to the form this year that made her the 2019 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and a 2019 All-American.