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South Carolinas Kristy McPherson

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2003 OUTLOOK ' Is one of college golfs top players and a National Player of the Year candidate ... Is the two-time defending SEC individual champion and has earned first-team All-America honors each of the last two years as well ... Has been USCs top player from day on one as a freshman ... Earned first-team All-SEC honors as a freshman after winning the SEC championship with a record-breaking 207 score, then came back to capture the title last year ... Has a current streak of six-straight rounds at or below par in the SEC Tournament ... Had a great summer, being named womens MVP in leading the USA to the title of the USA-Japan Collegiate Matches ... Led USC with a 73.75 stroke average in the fall ... Finished in the Top 20 of all four tournaments, with top finishes of fourth at the Lady Tar Hell and fifth at the Lady Paladin ... Had five of her 12 rounds at or below par.
2001-02 ' Won the SEC Championship for the second straight year and led South Carolina to its first Southeastern Conference crown Earned first-team All-America and All-SEC honors Saved her best tournament score for the SECs, firing a 209 to win medalist honors Led Lady Gamecocks with nine Top 20, seven Top 10, and five Top Five finishes on the year Led the team with a scoring average of 73.94, second in USC history to her own 73.82 figure as a sophomore ... Had a low round of 69 on three occasions, including the first two rounds of the SECs Also won the Dodge ACC/SEC Shootout (217) and Spartan Invitational (223) ... Had a streak of five straight tournaments finishing in the Top Seven, four of those in the Top Five Had 15 of the teams 26 rounds at or below par ... Finished second at the Lady Gamecock Classic, tying for medalist honors but losing the playoff hole Finished tied for 54th in the NCAA East Regional and tied for 55th in the NCAA Championships.
2000-01 ' Won the SEC Championship with a score of 207, shattering the SEC record for low score and the USC record by three strokes ... Earned first-team All-American and All-SEC honors ... Had a low round of six-under 67 (school record) at the SECs and had 13 rounds at par or below ... Played in all 11 tournaments and led the Lady Gamecocks with nine Top 20, eight Top 10 and five Top Five finishes on the year with a stroke average of 73.82, another school record ... Had a streak of six-straight Top 10 finishes in the spring, ending with a third-place finish at the NCAA East Regional ... Also finished second at the Lady Paladin Invitational, fifth at the Lady Gamecock Classic and third at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic ... Finished tied for 44th in the NCAA Championships. 1999-2000 ' Was Carolinas top golfer from day one and finished with the teams best stroke average at 77.07 ... Second team All-SEC selection as a freshman ... Led the Lady Gamecocks with five Top 20, two Top 10 and one Top Five finish ... Best finish was second at the Lady Gator Invitational, where she had a 72-74-73=219 score ... Also finished 10th at the Lady Tar Heel in her first of three-straight top 20 finishes to end the fall ' Mercedes-Benz (14th), Lady Paladin (19th) ... Finished the spring strong with an 11th place showing at the SEC Championships (77-79-74=230) ... Was 40th at the NCAA East Regional with a 230 total.
PERSONAL ' Born May 28, 1981 in Conway, S.C. ... Parents are David and Janice McPherson ... Hobbies include talking with friends and relaxing ... Favorite foods are pork chops and cereal ... Favorite athlete is Fred Couples ... Enjoys country music, with the Dixie Chicks being her favorite group ... Favorite actress is Julia Roberts ... Biggest athletic thrill is winning the SEC Championship as a team and repeating as SEC Medalist ... Career goal is to play on the LPGA Tour ... Considers her dad as having the biggest influence on her playing career, because hes always kept me motivated and kept me loving the game.'

2003 Results
Tournament Rounds Finish
NCAA Fall Preview 75-75-72=222 T10th
Tar Heel Invitational 71-72-76=219 T4th
Lady Paladin Invitational 76-70-74=220 T5th
Auburn Tiger Derby Invitational 72-76-76=224 T20th
Lady Puerto Rico Classic 74-74-70=218 T2nd
Lady Gamecock Classic 79=79 T37th
Bryan National Collegiate 69-73=142 T1st