No. 1 USC In Second At Allstate Intercollegiate After 36 Holes
Feb. 24, 2014
Senior Sophia Popov is tied for sixth and sophomore Annie Park is tied for ninth as the No. 1 USC women's golf team jockeyed among the top 3 teams during 36 holes at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate on Monday (Feb. 24) in New Orleans and finished in second, four back of first as it attempts to win its ninth event in a row.
After rain washed out the first day on Sunday, teams pulled double duty Monday and the Trojans combined for a 10-under 566 (285-281), four back of No. 2 UCLA's 14-under 562 (285-277). The Bruins' lead over the Trojans had bulged to double digits midway through the round but USC closed late as UCLA also gave up some ground.
USC is not only looking for its ninth win in a row and sixth in a row to start this season, but its 12th in its last 13 tournaments.
Popov, after her fourth straight top 10, tied for sixth at 3-under 141 (67-74) while Park, looking for her fourth straight top 3, tied for ninth at 2-under 142 (73-69). Denver's Tonje Daffinrud leads at 7-under 137 (70-67). Popov's first round is her program best 20th round in the 60s of her career while Park's second round is her team best seventh this year and the 12th of her career, tying her for fifth all time with, among others, sophomore teammate Kyung Kim.
Popov's first-round 67 including seven birdies and she was 5-under over the final 10 holes. She was even for her second round until a double bogey on 17.
Park had a quiet 1-over in her first round, which included two bogeys and one birdie. She had six birdies in her second round, including three on three of her final four holes to help the Trojans' late surge.
Kim was solid throughout the day, combining for five birdies and four bogeys in the two rounds. Chung had one birdie in her 2-over first round and five in her 2-under second round. Then rebounded from her opening round 76 with a season-best 2-under70 in the second round which featured five birdies against three bogeys. She had a stretch of four birdies between the sixth and 12th holes.
Senior Rachel Morris, playing as an individual, is tied for 32nd at 2-over 146 (71-75). Her first round was a season-best by three strokes.
Action will finish Tuesday with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT.