TEMPE, Ariz. -- Three Women of Troy golfers finished in the top eight on Saturday as the No. 4 USC women's golf team captured the team title by 10 strokes at the 2003 NCAA West Regional Championships held at Karsten Golf Course.
It's the second West Regional title in five years for USC, which now advances to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on May 20-23.
USC shot 870 as a team to finish comfortably ahead of No. 8 Oklahoma State (880). No. 11 UCLA was third (892), followed by No. 2 Pepperdine (897), with Arizona State and No. 14 Ohio State tied for fifth (902). Washington State and Stanford round out the field of eight that will advance to the NCAA finals.
Tanya Dergal led the way for the Women of Troy with a 54-hole total of 213 (-3). The freshman from Durango, Mexico, book-ended a 4-under-par 68 in the first round with a 1-under 71 on Saturday to finish in a tie for second with Kim Welch of Washington State and just two strokes behind individual champion Sunny Oh of UNLV (211). Fellow Trojan Becky Lucidi wasn't far behind in a tie for fourth, as she surged up the leaderboard on the final day with a 3-under-par 69 on her way to a score of 217.
Senior All-American Mikaela Parmlid survived a tough second day to finish in a tie for eighth at 219.
Also for USC--which has now won three team titles in 2002-2003--junior Anna Rawson tied for 29th (227) and freshman Irene Cho tied for 34th (228).