No. 1 USC Finishes 2nd At Silverado Showdown|
April 15, 2014
Senior Sophia Popov tied for sixth while sophomore Annie Park tied for ninth to lead the No. 1 USC women's golf team, which finished second at the Silverado Showdown at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., on Tuesday (April 15).
The Trojans, who finished second for the second time this season to go with their eight victories, combined for a 10-over 874 (295-287-292), 13 back of No. 11 Washington (3-under 861) and two ahead of third-place Northwestern (12-over 876).
USC, which played the event without junior All-American Doris Chen and sophomore All-American Kyung Kim, has still won eight of 10 this year and 11 of its past 13, 14 of 17 and 15 of 19. Troy's only other second-place this year came at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, which UCLA won.
The Trojans began the final round one back of the Huskies, but could not generate any momentum, quickly falling behind by five strokes. USC jockeyed for position with Northwestern most of the day as Washington pulled away.
Popov tied for sixth at 1-under 215 (73-67-75) for her sixth top 13 finish this year and seventh in the top 17. She was 3-over on the front and even on the back.
Park tied for ninth at even 216 (70-74-72) for her seventh straight top 11 finish and sixth in the top 9. She had three birdies against three bogeys during her round.
Freshman Karen Chung tied for 19th at 6-over 222 (75-72-75) and had three birdies mixed with six bogeys during a tough round.
Sophomore walk-on Victoria Morgan, in her second career start, tied for 25th at 7-over 223 (77-74-72), sharing USC's low round today with Park. She was 1-under late before a double bogey on 17 but got back to par with a birdie on 2 to close her round.
Freshman Gabriella Then tied for 35th at 10-over 216 (77-76-73). She was 3-over going out but 2-under coming in thanks to a pair of birdies on the back 9.
USC begins the postseason in less than a fortnight at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships, April 25-27, in Corvallis, Ore. The Trojans are the defending Pac-12 Champions and have won three of the past six conference titles.