West: USC wins regional by one over Purdue
Team winner: USC (7-over 859)
Individual winner: Annie Park, USC; Paula Reto, Purdue (7-under 206)
Also moving on: 2. Purdue (860), 3. Vanderbilt (869), 4. South Carolina (874), 5. Stanford (875), T-6. Arizona, Oregon, San Jose State (889)
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Credit the freshmen: USC won its fourth consecutive regional on Saturday, this time with major help from two freshmen.
Annie Park, the top-ranked player in the country, and Kyung Kim, reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion, went a combined 11 under at the Stanford University Golf Course. Kim posted 8-under 63 while Park contributed 68. Kim won the individual title at Stanford last fall as the team won its first of six victories so far this season.
USC, Golfweek’s top-ranked team and the top seed in the West Regional, finished one shot ahead of Purdue. The Trojans’ final-round 4-under 280 helped them climb ahead of the Boilermakers in the final round and finish at 7-over 859 for the tournament.
Park finished tied for individual medalist honors with Purdue’s Paula Reto. Both players shot 7-under 206 for 54 holes. Kim was part of a tie for third two shots back.
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In the door: Arizona, Oregon and San Jose shared the sixth spot, and all finished one shot ahead of ninth-place Baylor. None of those three programs advanced to the national championship last year.
Oregon has missed advancing to nationals by a single stroke each of the past two years. Arizona qualified in 2011, but only sent an individual last year. San Jose State, the No. 19 seed, hasn’t qualified since 2010, when the West Regional also was played at Stanford.
San Jose State made up the most ground in Round 3 with an even-par 284. It was the third-best round of the day, and helped the team move up from the 15th spot on the leaderboard.
Head coach John Dormann said after the second round the team needed to make more birdies. The Spartans counted 12 on Saturday.
“We have recorded good scores on this course this year,” Dormann said after Round 2. “The course is set up tough, but the good players are shooting good scores.”
That includes Regan De Guzman, who finished T-5 with a 2-under 211 total.
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Short shots: Georgia will host the NCAA Championship later this month, but the Bulldogs won’t play as a team. Georgia came up two shots short of the top 8, but will still be represented by senior Emilie Burger, who finished seventh to qualify as an individual. ... North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson will end her college career with 20 victories. The senior did not qualify for the national championship as an individual, and her team did not finish inside the top 8. Anderson still holds the unofficial record for most career collegiate titles.