Popov, Morris Tie For 10th To Lead No. 1 USC At PING/ASU Invitational
April 14, 2013
Juniors Rachel Morris and Sophia Popov tied for 10th, leading the No. 1 USC women's golf team as its three-tournament win streak was finally snapped during the final round of the PING/ASU Invitational at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday (April 14).
USC, a four-time winner this year, tied for fifth at 1-under 863 (283-288-292). Defending NCAA champion Alabama got hot in the final round and won at 19-under 845 (284-284-277), including a blistering final round of 11-under. No. 4 Duke finished second at 10-under 854 while Arizona and Stanford tied for third at 2-under 862.
Morris tied for 10th at 3-under for the second event in a row while Popov followed her win two weeks ago with her fourth top 10 in a row.
Popov (72-72-69) carded her third round in the 60s this year and the 15th of her career, tying USC's career record held by Jennifer Song. Her final round saw her go out at 1-over with a bogey, but come in with four birdies for a 3-under finish.
Morris, who opened with a career best 68 and a second-round 70, finished with a 75. She was 1-under through 14 Sunday before some late stumbles dropped her to 3-over.
Freshman Annie Park tied for 27th at 2-over 218 (73-72-73), sophomore Doris Chen tied for 38th at 4-over 220 (71-74-75) and freshman Kyung Kim tied for 45th at 6-over 222 (72-75-75). Park had four birdies between 8 and 16 to salvage her round. Chen was even until three late bogeys while Kim, too, was even until the final three holes.
Kim entered the event with three top 7 finishes in her last four outings and hadn't finished outside the top 23 all season. Similarly, Park had posted five top 18s in a row until this weekend.
Next up for the Trojans is the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, April 22-24, at the Valencia (Calif.) C.C.