No. 1 USC Extends Pac-12 Championships Lead With One Round To Go
April 23, 2013
Freshman Annie Park carded her second consecutive 2-under 70 to grab a share of first place and help No. 1 USC extend its lead by a stroke during the second round of the 2013 Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships at the Valencia (Calif.) C.C. on Tuesday (April 23).
USC fought off some fast greens and pin placements to combine for a 3-over 291 today and now sits at 5-under 571 (280-291). UCLA entered the day 10 back of USC and halved the deficit at one point but finished the round in second place still 11 behind the Trojans at 6-over 582 (290-292). Washington is third at 8-over 584 (293-291) while Arizona rose to fourth at 9-over 585 (301-284).
The Trojans are not only after the program's fifth conference title (and third in the past six years), but their school-record tying fifth win this season.
Park is tied for first at 4-under 140 (70-70) with Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse (73-67). Trojan junior Sophia Popov, the first-round leader, is now tied for third at 3-under 141 (66-75) with Colorado's Jennifer Coleman (74-67).
Park put together a 1-under front 9 with birdies on 4, 5 and 8 and was 1-under on the back 9 thanks to a birdie on 17. Popov didn't have the putter working as well as during her 66 first round and finished with three bogeys today, but is still just one off the lead.
Popov is eyeing her fifth straight top 10 finish and sixth of the year while Park is after her fifth top 10. Both are also seeking their second title this year, which would also be USC's sixth individual conference crown. A win by Popov would be the sixth of her career, which would break the tie at five she shares with Irene Cho and Mikaela Parmlid.
Sophomore Doris Chen, the defending Pac-12 medalist, is still in the hunt and is tied for sixth at 1-under 143 (72-71). She bogeyed 6 and 7 to drop to 2-over but finished with birdies on 9, 3 and 18 to get to red for the day.
Play concludes tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. USC tees off between 9:20 and 9:52 a.m.