Women's Golf
    No. 1 USC, Popov Lead At SDSU Farms Invitational

    Junior Sophia Popov helped USC extend its lead to 13 strokes with a second-round 69 on Monday.

    April 1, 2013


    Junior Sophia Popov fired a 3-under 69 to grab first place and help the No. 1 USC women's golf team extend its lead after two rounds of the SDSU Farms Invitational at The Farms G.C. in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

    USC, eyeing its third straight win and its fourth in five events, will enter the final round with a 13-stroke lead after combining for a two-day 11-over 587 (298-289). UNLV is second (600) with Arizona and Pepperdine tied for third (604).

    Popov leads the event at 1-under 143 (74-69) after collecting her 14th career sub-70 round, one off the school record. She had four birdies against one bogey during the strong day and will enter Tuesday with a two-stroke lead. She has four career collegiate wins, one off USC's career record (shared at five by Irene Cho and Mikaela Parmlid.

    Freshmen Annie Park (77-71) and Kyung Kim (72-76) are tied for fifth at 4-over 148. Park opened play with a 4-under front 9 before giving some of that back on the back 9. Kim was at 1-over through 13 before bogeying three of the past five. That said, both Park and Kim are both close to securing their fourth top 10s this season.

    Sophomore Doris Chen is tied for 12th at 6-over 150 (75-75) while junior Rachel Morris is tied for 18th at 7-over 151 (77-74). Chen had three birdies on the day, including on two of the three final holes. Morris had one birdie but only three bogeys. Chen is after her fifth top 16 finish while Morris is after her fourth straight top 22 finish.

    Action concludes Tuesday.