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Sophomore Catherine Park Named to PING WGCA Player of the Year Award Watch List

Sophomore Catherine Park Named to PING WGCA Player of the Year Award Watch List

Women’s Golf | May 15, 2024

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla – USC women’s golf sophomore Catherine joins the five other players from around the country on the final watch list for the Division I PING WGCA Player of the Year Award, the WGCA announced Wednesday, May 15. 

By being named to the final watch list, Park will join her fellow golfers on the final voting ballot for the award. This award is annually awarded to the best player in women’s golf as voted on by the coaches. 


Park has been sensational throughout the season but has found a new gear towards the latter half. During this season, the sophomore has posted three wins and seven top-ten finishes. Park has won two individual titles in her last three tournaments and placed tied for fifth in her latest result at the NCAA East Lansing Regional. Her three wins this season are the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 22), the Silverado Showdown (Apr. 10) and the Pac-12 Championship (Apr. 23). Her three wins this season ties her with fellow Trojan Amari Avery (2022) and Alumni Sophia Popov (2011) for fourth in program history. 

Park became the seventh player in USC history to claim the Pac-12 Individual Title at the conference tournament. The sophomore was also the first USC player to win the individual title since 2013 (Annie Park). 

Park currently leads the team with a 70.52 stroke average. If that mark holds up, she is on pace to break the single-season mark set by Annie Park in 2013 (71.36). Park also boasts nine top-25 and seven top-ten finishes. The sophomore recently tied the single-season mark for par or better rounds as she is tied with Annie Park (2014) at 22. 


According to the Scoreboard Clippd rankings, the sophomore is ranked No. 5 in the NCAA Division I Women’s Individual Rankings. Park is also ranked No. 13th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. 

The Women of Troy are set for the NCAA Championship Final Site, hoping to redeem last year’s second-place finish. The stroke play portion of the competition will start on Friday, May 17 and go through Monday, May 20. 


For more information on the USC women’s golf team, a complete schedule, and results, please visit Fans of the Trojans can follow the team on Instagram and on X (formerly Twitter) @USCWomensGolf.

Division I PING WGCA Player of the Year Watch List

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