USC Tied For 11th To Start NCAA Championships
May 22, 2012
Sophomore Rachel Morris' 1-over 73 led the No. 3 USC women's golf team on the first day of the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Tuesday (May 22), the Trojans finishing tied for 11th after 18 holes at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., hosted by Vanderbilt.
USC combined for a 9-over 297 and are 11 back of first-day leader Alabama, which finished at 2-under 286, the only school under par. Virginia is in second at even 288, but would be in first had one of its players not signed for an incorrect scorecard, an error that cost the team six strokes in the standings because a higher score had to be counted. Duke is in third (289) and is followed in the top 13 by North Carolina (290) in fourth, UCLA and Arizona State (292) tied for fifth, Purdue and LSU (293) tied for seventh, Oklahoma in ninth (294), Michigan State in 10th (296) and USC, Colorado and Texas tied for 11th (297).
The Trojans, who have won NCAA team titles in 2003 and 2008 and are coming off an NCAA Central Regional win, stood at 2-over after the turn, but some struggles on the green and elsewhere cost them strokes down the stretch and left them some work over the final 54 holes.
"We had a few too many three putts and didn't score well on a couple of the par 5s," 16th-year USC Coach Andrea Gaston said. "Our team can definitely make up some shots on these holes. We need to put ourselves in good places on the fairways to get good angles at the pins."
Morris, coming off one of her best events of the season at the NCAA Central Regional, led USC today with her 1-over effort, tied for 27th. She was 1-under on the front 9 with three birdies. She dropped to 3-over after a string of four bogeys over five holes, but finished with much-needed birdies on 17 and 18.
Senior Inah Park, competing for USC in her fourth NCAA Championships, is tied for 34th at 2-over 74. She began the day at 3-over before her first birdie on 9. She bogeyed 11 and birdied 12 and carded pars the rest of the way.
Sophomore Sophia Popov and freshman Doris Chen are tied for 47th at 3-over 75 while senior Lisa McCloskey is tied for 70th at 4-over 76. Popov was 1-over after her second birdie on 17 but doubled 18 to finish. Chen had fought back to even after starting at 2-over through six holes, but fell back to 3-over after three straight bogeys on 14, 15 and 16. McCloksey had come back from a stretch of five bogeys over six holes on the front 9 to get back to 2-over, but doubled 17 to finish 4-over.
USC will join South Carolina and UCLA in the second-round's morning wave Wednesday, beginning at 7:33 a.m. CT.