Popov and Park finish 1-2 after 18 holes.
Trojans looking for fifth conference crown and fifth win this season.
Trojans tie for fifth, their three-event win streak snapped.
Junior is one off lead, Trojans eight back.
Trojans, seeking fourth straight win, are in third after first round.
THIS SEASON: Rachel Morris, a key contributor her first two seasons as a Trojan, continues to sharpen her game and should provide another reliable season as a 2013 junior.
2012-2012: The only returning Trojan to play in every event last year, Morris was one of USC's top student-athletes as a 2012 sophomore, earning NGCA 2012 All-American Scholar Division I and Pac-12 All-Academic first team honors with a 3.78 in business administration. Morris had two top 18 finishes as a sophomore including a tie for 18 at the 2012 NCAA Central Regional and a tie for 16th at the Stanford Intercollegiate where she carded a season-best 69.
2010-2011: Morris earned NCAA All-Region honors as a 2011 freshman, playing in 10 events and posting four top 20 results, including a tie for seventh at the NCAA West Regional at 2-over 218 (73-71-74). She was also 18th at the Mason Rudolph Championship at par 216 (73-72-71), tied for 16th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at 11-over 224 (78-71-75) and tied for 19th at the PING/ASU Invitational with a 5-over 221 (71-71-79) ... At the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, she tied for 29th at 12-over 228 (76-79-73) ... She also tied for 36th at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at 8-over 224 (76-75-73) and tied for 34th at the Battle at Rancho Bernardo ... She was named to the NGCA 2011 All-American Scholar Division I Golf Team ... During the off-season, Morris advanced to the quarterfinals of the 81st Women's TRANS National Amateur Championship, reached the round of 16 at the PNGA Women's Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship and advanced to match play at the 35th U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
HIGH SCHOOL: Morris attended graduated from Carlsbad (Calif.) High, where she was a two-time HP Scholastic Junior All-American (2008, 2009), a two-time AJGA All-American (first team in 2009, second in 2008) and a four-time Rolex Junior All-American (2006-09) who won seven AJGA titles and posted close to 30 AJGA top 10 finishes ... In 2010, she won the Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur ... She was a two-time Canon Cup West Team Member (2008-2009) and was ranked No. 4 in Polo Golf and No. 9 in Golfweek her senior year in high school ... She was a four-time CIF league champion (2006-09), a three-time CIF San Diego Section champion (2006-08) and was the 2006 CIF Southern California Regional champion. She has four top 13 finishes in the California CIF State Championships, including second place in 2009 and third in 2006. She was selected by the USGA for the 2008 China-USA Youth Team Golf Championship, a precursor to the 2008 Olympic Games, and carded the lowest round (69). The event was conducted by the USGA and the China Golf Association.
PERSONAL: Morris, born Feb. 6, 1992, is majoring in business, management, marketing, and related support services.
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