Women’s Golf | May 24, 2023
An amazing run that saw NCAA match play victories over the No. 4 and No. 1 ranked teams following a Pac-12 title ended one win short of a championship as the USC women’s golf team fell 3-1-0 in the national championship match against Wake Forest on Wednesday (March 24) at Grayhawk G.C. in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Trojans’ second-place finish was the sixth in program history and the first since finishing two strokes out of first in 2014, before the current match play system was instituted.
USC came close to its fourth NCAA title on the 10-year anniversary of its last national championship in 2013.
Combined, the Trojans’ nine NCAA top 2 finishes are the most in women’s golf.
A day after beating top-ranked Stanford and No. 4 South Carolina in the semifinals and quarterfinals, USC ran out of momentum against No. 2 Wake Forest, which won its first NCAA crown.
The Trojans fell behind early in the match and never recovered.
Freshman Catherine Park, who tied for second in the NCAA stroke play, earned USC’s only point today with a 3&1 over Carolina Chacarra.
Rachel Kuehn defeated USC sophomore Amari Avery, 6&4, while Trojan sophomore Xin (Cindy) Kou, who trailed by one much of the day, fell 4&2 to Emilia Migliaccio.
That left juniors Christine Wang and Brianna Navarrosa needing to come from behind in their own matches. Navarrosa sliced off two holes to pull within three holes with four to go while Wang was two down with two to go.
Navarrosa ultimately lost the decisive point on to Lauren Walsh on 16, 3&2.
USC has now made six NCAA match play appearances, second-most in the NCAA, and its five match play wins are tied for third most.
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