Morris Leads No. 1 USC To Open PING/ASU Invitational|
April 12, 2013
Junior Rachel Morris fired a USC career-best 68 while sophomore Doris Chen was also under par to lead the No. 1 Trojans during the first round of the PING/ASU Invitational at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday (April 12).
USC, riding a three-event win streak, combined for a 5-under 283 for third place, four back of No. 8 UCLA (279) and three back of No. 4 Duke (280). No. 2 Alabama is fourth (284) while No. 16 Texas and No. 25 UC Davis are tied for fifth (287).
Morris executed a great round with four birdies and no bogeys to tie for third, one back of co-leaders Laetitia Beck of Duke and Washington's Jennifer Yang. Starting on the 10th tee, she birdied three of her first four holes and stayed solid the rest of the round.
Chen was 2-over through five holes and 1-over on the first 9 but finished with a 2-under back 9 and is tied for 19th at 1-under 71.
Freshman Annie Park is tied for 35th at 1-over 73 with a 1-under front 9 and a 2-over back 9.
Second-round play begins Saturday at 8 a.m. while the Trojans will tee off with UCLA and Duke beginning at 9:20 a.m.