No. 1 USC Takes First After Wildcat Invitational First Day|
March 16, 2015
Sophomore Karen Chung and juniors Kyung Kim and Annie Park occupied the top three spots, in that order, while and freshman Amy Lee joined them in the top 7 to lead the No. 1 USC women's golf team to a nine-stroke lead after almost 36 holes on the darkness-shortened first day of the Arizona Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday (March 16).
The Trojans, seeking their third win this season and the first of the spring, combined an 8-under first round with an 18-under showing on the almost-completed second round to go to 26-under, nine ahead of second-place Arizona. No other team is under par in the 15-team field.
Second-round play will resume at 7 a.m. Tuesday with the third round set for 9 a.m. (PT).
Chung entered the day with only one sub-70 round this season but added two today with an opening round 67 and a second round 68 to take first at 9-under 135. She was 2-under on both nines in the second round as she seeks her first top 10 finish this year after four as a freshman (which included one win).
Kim, already with three top 10s this year and all five of her finishes inside the top 15, also opened with a 5-under 67 and was 3-under in the second round when her round stopped on 17.
Kim's first round gave her 21 rounds in the 60s for her career, one shy of Sophia Popov's USC career record. Pars or better on her final two holes of the second round will tie Popov.
Park finished the day tied for third at 6-under 138 (70-68) and is within two of Kim's career total. Her second round featured five birdies, including one on 18.
Lee rebounded from a 4-over 76 first round with a 7-under 65 second that included five birdies and an eagle on the par 4 16th. Her 7-under round was the most below par for a Trojan since Park fired a 7-under 64 on Oct. 27, 2013, at the Stanford Intercollegiate. The 65 was USC's lowest round since Doris Chen's 65, also at Stanford, earlier this season on Oct. 18.
Sophomore Gabriella Then, with three straight top 10 finishes and two straight events as USC's top finisher, is tied for 22nd at 3-over. She was 4-over during her first round and 1-under on her second but was also forced to stop while finishing 17.