Player: Katherine Muzi

Katherine Muzi
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
University: University of South Carolina
Graduation Year: 2023
Area of Study: Data and Communication
Soldier Honored: Jonathan Schmidt

THIS SEASON: Katherine Muzi, a 2021-22 senior from Southern California, has made strong improvements each season as a Trojan and enters her final year at USC squarely in the conversation for every-day starter status.

2021: Muzi, as a 2021 junior, played in five events with three starts, registering two top 16 finishes, including a seventh at the Lamkin San Diego Invitational. She finished the season with a stroke average of 75.33 with four top 31 results. Her seventh-place at Lamkin came at 6-over 222 (74-75-73) and she closed her season with a tie for 16th at the Fresno State Classic at 3-over 219 (72-74-73), her first round a season low … She played the 2021 USGA Four-ball, but had to compete solo when her collegiate partner had to drop out to compete in her conference championships … In November of 2020, Muzi posted a big win, capturing the Golfweek Moorpark Amateur at Moorpark (Calif.) C.C. at 2-under 214 (72-70-72), one better than a group tied at 1-under. The victory helped Muzi jump 133 places in the World Amateur Golf Rankings to a career-best 258th … Muzi had a fruitful 2021 summer, winning the Southern California Women’s Match Play Championship, defeating teammate Brianna Navarrosa in the final. She was third at the SCGA Women’s Amateur, fifth at the California Women’s Amateur and reached match play at the North & South Women’s Amateur.

2020: Muzi, as a 2020 sophomore reserve on the top-ranked Trojan team, was named to the 2020 Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll. She didn’t see action in the team’s seven events. However, she had a packed amateur schedule after the shortened season. In August, she was runner-up on the Cactus Tour’s Amateur Challenge, falling in the second playoff hole … Muzi was low amateur – in second place – at on the Cactus Tour’s Orange Tree event in June … At the California Women’s Amateur in July, Muzi reached the Round of 16 after reaching match play with a tie for 12th in the 36-hole stroke play at 4-over 148 (73-75) … Also in July, she played in the North and South Women’s Amateur, but missed the cut by two strokes.

2019: Muzi saw action in a pair of tournaments as a 2019 freshman, tying for 34th in both events. She posted an 8-over 224 (77-72-75) at the UC Irvine Invitational and a 10-over 226 (77-74-75) at the Silverado Showdown …In U.S. Open qualifying, Muzi tied for ninth in the City of Industry qualifier in April … Muzi had an active off-season. She reached the semifinals of the Southern California Women’s Match Play Championship, posting two wins before falling one match short of the final, 1down … She tied for fifth at the SCGA Women’s Amateur Championship, posting a 2-over 215 (73-68-74) … She tied for 23rd at the Women’s Western Amateur Championship before falling in the first round of match play … She tied for 21st at 1-over in the stroke play of the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior, but again fell in the match play first round.

HIGH SCHOOL: Muzi prepped at Walnut (Calif.) High, where she completed a distinguished career as the 2018 Walnut High School Athlete of the Year, the Foothill Athletic Director Association Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Hacienda 5 Winner for Walnut High School Athletics … A 2018 AJGA Rolex All-American second teamer, she led her team to the 2016 CIF state title and a runner-up finish in 2015. Her prep career also included three CIF team titles (2014-15-17), three All-Hacienda League MVP honors (2014-15-17), two All-Hacienda League All-Academic nods (2017-18) and four All-Hacienda League first team notices … Muzi’s impressive junior career included appearances in five USGA events, including the 2015-16-18 U.S Girls’ Junior (making the cut twice), the 2015 Women’s Four Ball (round of 32) and the 2018 Women’s Four Ball (round of 16) … She posted 17 AJGA Top 10 finishes, including a win at the 2018 Calloway Golf Championships (70-72-73), second places at the 2015 New Era Championship and the L.A. Junior Open and fifth-place efforts at the 2018 Shanshan Feng Invitational and the 2015 Girls’ Championship.

PERSONAL: She is a business administration major. Her favorite hobbies include
traveling, playing the piano, listening to music, going to concerts and watching football.

CAREER NOTES (As of September, 2021)
Lowest 54-Hole Score: 2-over 218 (2021 ANNIKA Invitational)
Lowest Round: 69
Highest Finish: 7th (2021 Lamkin San Diego Invitational)
Top 10s: 1
Rounds in the 60s: 1