ATHENS -- It may have been held at Georgia, but it was the Bulldogs' head coach's former team that stole the show.
Southern Cal, the team Georgia coach Josh Brewer was an assistant on last year, pulled away in the second round and then just kept building on its lead to win the team title. Freshman Annie Park watched the tight leaderboard fall apart the final day and cruised to a six-shot win for the individual national championship, giving the Trojans a sweep of the Women's NCAA Golf Championship held at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
"It definitely felt great ending on a pair of birdies," said Park, whose 10-under bested runner up Lindsay Duncan of Duke's 4-under finish. "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."
Park is the seventh freshman to win the NCAA championship, the last was Annika Sorenstam in 1991 with Arizona. Park's steady play, shooting under par every round, led her team to a 19-under finish as a team. Duke was runner-up at 2-over par, 21 shots off the lead.
"It was definitely an awe-inspiring victory today," Southern Cal head coach Andrea Gaston said. "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."
The second round score of 12-under par set NCAA records for lowest round and lowest round to par and it's 19-under total score broke UCLA's 2004 record.
Mississippi State's Ally McDonald, who was tied for second with Alabama's Stephanie Meadow and two-back of Park to begin the final round, posted an early 9-over par, tumbling out of contention and Meadow followed in the afternoon shooting 8-over. Only two players shot under par in the final round as the greens hardened and the wind picked up.
"I just kind of fell off the map," Meadow said.
Duncan was the only one to post a score lower than Park, but she started seven strokes behind, giving Park an easy finish and the Trojans an easy sweep.
"It was extremely comfortable," Gaston said. "We all just played really, really well. The depth of the team really helped this year. It was fun playing with them."