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Feb. 7, 2004

The South Carolina women’s golf team returns to action next week at the ninth-annual Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The event will be held at the par 71 Palos Verdes Golf Club (5,912 yards) in Palos Verdes, Calif. Competition will kick off at 9 a.m. Pacific time Monday and Tuesday with the final round Wednesday beginning with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Live scoring and complete results will be availble online at with daily results posted here at

This is the first time that the Gamecocks have participated in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The USC lineup will feature:

1. Adrienne Gautreaux

2. Tiffany Catafygiotu

3. Erica Battle

4. Jenna Pearson

5. Kory Thompson

The field of 15 teams competing in the Regional Challenge this year include Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Stanford, South Carolina, Southern California, Texas, Tulsa and UCLA. Eleven of the 15 squads are currently ranked in the Top 25. UCLA is ranked the highest at No.2, followed by No. 5 California and No. 6 New Mexico. Oklahoma State and Florida are ranked No. 8 and 9, respecitvely, and the Buckeyes are ranked at No. 11. South Carolina holds a 29th ranking but is expected to move up in the spring after a sluggish fall season.


Year   Champion     Score  Medalist             School        Score
1996 San Jose St. 878 Vibeke Stensrud San Jose St. 213
1997 Stanford 905 Heather Bowie Texas 219
1998 Tulsa 875 Filippa Helmersson Tulsa 212
1999 Georgia 901 Jennifer Rosales USC 216
2000 Arizona 869 Shuna Estes Georgia 212
2001 Arizona 884 Natalie Gulbis Arizona 214
2002 Tulsa 870 Lorena Ochoa Arizona 206
2003* Pepperdine 598 Katherine Hull Pepperdine 144
*The final round was cancelled because of rain.