No. 1 USC, Freshman Park Both Post Victories At Bruin Wave Invitational
March 5, 2013
Results at Golfstat.com
Freshman Annie Park won her first career collegiate title and led a comeback effort as the No. 1 USC women's golf team erased an eight-hole deficit to begin the day to win its second event in a row and third this season at the Bruin Wave Invitational on Tuesday (March 5), at the El Caballero C.C. in Tarzana, Calif.
The Trojans, coming off of a win at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans last week, finished at 20-over 884 (290-301-293), two strokes ahead of second-place UCLA (22-over 886). USC entered the final round eight back of the Bruins. The last time USC won three times in a season was 2011.
Park finished first at 1-under 215 (68-76-71), four better than second-place Marissa Chow of Pepperdine (3-over 219). After carding her first sub-70 round in yesterday's opening round before following it with a 76, the freshman put together a steady final round with 1-under 71. The finish marked her third top 10 finish and fourth in the top 18 in four events.
Fellow freshman Kyung Kim notched her third top 10 finish in the past four events, tying for seventh at 7-over 223 (73-76-74). Her final round included four birdies.
Junior Sophia Popov (76-73-75) and sophomore Doris Chen (73-76-75) tied for 10th at 8-over 224. Popov was sailing along at 2-under through 12 before bogeying five of the final six holes in a rare extended rough patch for the junior. Chen did not have a birdie in the round but had just three bogeys.
Popov now has two straight top 10 finishes, three overall, and four in the top 12. It was Chen's second top 10 and third in the top 12.
Junior Rachel Morris tied for 21st at 14-over 230 (81-76-73). Posting her best round of the event on Tuesday, she had just two bogeys to go with a birdie on 17 for Troy's second-best round of the day. It was also her third straight top 22 finish.
Freshman Kim Santiago, playing individually, tying for 48th at 26-over 242 (81-86-75).