May 24, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Southern Cal fired a 288 in the final round en route to a final score of 1133 to win the 2013 NCAA Women's Golf Championship on Friday at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Southern Cal's Annie Park finished the tournament at 10-under 278, including a final round 71, to maintain her first place position and win medalist honors. Park became the seventh freshman to win the NCAA individual crown.
With a final score of 19-under 1133, The Women of Troy tallied the lowest score, in relation to par, in NCAA Championship history. The previous NCAA Championship final score record for a 72-hole tournament was set at 4-under par by UCLA in 2004. Southern Cal also became the first team since Tulane in the inaugural 1982 NCAA Women's Golf Championship to have the low score in each of the four rounds. Additionally, Southern Cal set a lowest single-round record in NCAA Championship play with its second-round 12-under 276.
"It was definitely an awe-inspiring victory today," said head coach Andrea Gaston. "I know that our team broke a number of records at this tournament. These girls just played amazing. I know that all year long, they've worked extremely hard, been very dedicated and relentless in their work ethic. I also know that Justin Silverstein, our assistant coach, was a huge part of our success this year. We just have an incredible support staff, and I'm very thankful that they all played a very important role, and this truly is a team victory. I know Annie (Park) is proud to win the individual title, but I think this team win means a lot more to her than anything else, and obviously to this team. I'm extremely proud of them and so honored to be here and celebrating this victory."
"I had a tough beginning today trying to make some pars," said Park. "It just ended up starting bogey-birdie, bogey-birdie. I had some birdies going on later but then I also had some bogeys going on after that. It definitely felt great ending on a pair of birdies. This result was very unexpected for myself. I was just trying to play my best each round and each shot. It turned out to be good and it feels great."
Duke finished second in the team competition at 2-over 1154 after shooting a final round 292. Purdue, which started the day in a three-way tie for third with UCLA and Alabama, used a final round 300 to move solely into third place with an overall score of 1173. UCLA finished fourth after recording a 301 on Friday, for a final score of 1174. Arizona State shot a final round 305 to move up one spot to fifth place to round out the top 5 teams with a final score of 1181.
Duke's Lindy Duncan used a final round 70 to finish second on the individual leader board with an overall score of 4-under 284. Paula Reto, Purdue, tallied an even-par 72 on Friday to finish in third place at 2-under 286. Both Duncan and Reto were in a four-way tie for seventh after the third round. Erynne Lee, UCLA, and Celine Boutier, Duke, tied for fourth place with a score of 287, after starting the day in ties for seventh and fifth, respectively.