No. 1 USC Moves Into Tie For 3rd After SDSU Farms Invitational 2nd Round
March 25, 2014
Sophomore Annie Park and freshman Karen Chung each fired 4-under 68s while senior Sophia Popov carded a 2-under 70 to help the No. 1 USC women's golf team rebound from a rough first round and climb back into the hunt after 36 holes of the SDSU Farms Invitational at the Farms C.C. in Rancho Sante Fe., Calif., on Tuesday (March 25).
USC, winners of six of its seven events this season, bounced back from its 10-over first round with a 7-under 281 and now sit at 3-over 579, eight back of first-place UCLA (5-under), the only team to beat Troy this season. Stanford is second at 1-under 575 while the Trojans (298-291) are tied for third with ASU at 3-over.
Chung moved into a tie for fifth at 2-under 142 (74-68) after her best round since October and her fourth sub-70 this season. She had five birdies on the day, three in a 3-under front 9. She is after her third top 10 of the season.
Park's opening round 77 on Monday tied her season worst set in USC's most recent event, the Bruin Wave Invitational. But just as she did there, she came back with a 68 today, which included five birdies, four in a 4-under front 9. She is now tied for 12th at 1-over 145 as she looks for her sixth top 10 in a row.
Park's second round extends her school season record for rounds in the 60s to 10 and gives her 15 for her career, tied for the second-most behind Popov's 20.
Popov almost got her 21st round in the 60s today, settling for a 2-under 70 to move to a tie for 41st at 8-over 152 (82-70). She had five birdies on the day and was 1-under on each 9 today.
Junior Doris Chen is tied for 23rd at 4-over 148 (73-75) while sophomore Kyung Kim is tied for 28th at 5-over 149 (74-75). Chen had three birdies on the day, including two over her final five holes, while Kyung had one birdie against one bogey and one triple.
Freshman Gabriella Then, playing as an individual entry, continued her solid play and is tied for 11th at even 144 (72-72). She had four birdies today, including three in a 3-under front 9.
Action continues Wednesday.