Women's Midweek Report: USC wins Windy City
Welcome to Golfweek’s Women’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest women’s college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend:
THE BIG 5
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1. USC: With a fifth consecutive win (dating back to last spring’s postseason sweep), USC set a new program record. The Trojans scraped out a two-shot victory Oct. 1 at the Windy City Collegiate after defending national champion Annie Park was disqualified for signing a wrong scorecard. That’s not really a hardship for a team that placed its other four players inside the top 36.
2. Oklahoma State: The Cowgirls knocked at the door for a second consecutive tournament this season. Last month, Oklahoma State briefly held the lead at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview then finished third in a loaded field. At the Windy City, they fell just two shots short of USC. Watch this program.
3. Kent State: With new head coach Greg Robertston in the lead, the Golden Flashes are two for two this season. Kent State opened the season with a victory at the Minnesota Invitational then won the Nittany Lion Invitational on Sept. 29 by three shots. The last time Kent State won twice in the fall season was during the 2002-03 season.
4. Chattanooga: The Mocs won the Starmount Fall Classic on Oct. 1, finishing two shots ahead of runner-up Campbell. It’s the first regular-season victory in nearly a year for Chattanooga, a team that won its fourth consecutive Southern Conference Championship last spring.
5. Pepperdine: It may seem like old news, but Pepperdine is only seven days removed from their title defense at the Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge. Pepperdine joins the select few teams in the country who are undefeated, and will try to keep that streak alive Oct. 5 at the Schooner Fall Classic.
1. Jennifer Ha, Kent State: Along with her team, Ha also is undefeated this season. Most recently, Ha won the Nittany Lion Invitational, posting a 4-under 212 (70-72-70) at the Penn State Blue Course to finish four shots ahead of teammate Josee Doyon.
2. Lindsey Weaver, Arizona: Weaver, a transfer from Notre Dame, is providing a great spark for Arizona. The sophomore won the Windy City Collegiate on Oct. 1, and led the Wildcats to a tie for third with Stanford. Weaver shot 5-under 208 (70-69-69) to finish two shots ahead of Oklahoma State’s Julie Yang.
3. Grace Na, Pepperdine: Na earned her fifth career collegiate victory Sept. 25 at the Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge. Na’s 6-under 210 at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colo., left her two shots ahead of teammate Marissa Chow.
4. Julie Yang, Oklahoma State: The sophomore is a big reason behind Oklahoma State’s success this season. Yang has now finished runner-up in both of the team’s starts. She posted a 3-under 213 (69-69-72) at the Windy City Collegiate on Oct. 1.
5. Anica Yoo, Oregon State: Yoo led Oregon State to a victory Oct. 1 at the Rose City Collegiate. The Beavers finished 14 shots ahead of runner-up Gonzaga as Yoo’s 2-under 142 (69-73) gave her a one-shot individual victory over UC Irvine’s Luciane Lee. Yoo’s individual title is the first for an Oregon State player since November 1997.
BEST OF THE BEST
How the top 5 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared:
1. UCLA: DNP
2. USC: Won, Windy City Collegiate
3. Oklahoma: DNP
4. Washington: DNP
5. Pepperdine: Won, Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge
How the top 5 individuals in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings fared:
1. Kyung Kim, USC: T-2, Windy City Collegiate
2. Erynne Lee, UCLA: DNP
3. Julie Yang, Oklahoma State: T-2, Windy City Collegiate
4. Alison Lee, UCLA: DNP
5. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama: DNP