No. 3 USC Moves To 7th After NCAA Second Round|
May 23, 2012
Freshman Doris Chen fired 3-under 69 to lead No. 3 USC to the fourth-best round Wednesday (May 23) as the Trojans climbed into seventh at the midway point of the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., hosted by Vanderbilt.
A day after going 9-over, Troy combined for an even second round and are now at 9-over 585 (297-288). While only three strokes separate second place from seventh, Alabama moved away from the pack in first at 5-under 571 (286-285). UCLA, North Carolina and Virginia are tied for second at 6-over 582 while Arizona State and South Carolina are tied for fifth at 7-over 583. LSU (587), Purdue (588) and Vanderbilt (590) round out the top 10 in the 24-team field.
The Trojans, who have won NCAA team titles in 2003 and 2008 and are the only team in the nation with six consecutive top five finishes, put together a solid second round that kept them in the hunt, though 16th-year Coach Andrea Gaston knows there is still room for improvement.
"We are still in it," she said. "We were solid today, but we felt we could have finished stronger and could have done more. We gave up a few strokes. Going into tomorrow, we need to make some putts, hopefully get off to a good start and give ourselves an opportunity on the final day. We need to generate some momentum."
Chen is tied for 13th at even 144 (75-69) after her third round in the 60s this year. Starting on the 10th hole, she opened with birdies on four of her first nine holes to go 4-under. She birdied 1 and 3, but came back with birdies on 5 and 7 and a bogey on 8 to finish at 3-under.
Senior Inah Park is tied for 32nd at 3-over 147 (74-73). She put together a steady second round, opening with a bogey on 10 before evening her first nine holes with a birdie on 16. She was 1-over coming home with a lone birdie on 4.
Senior Lisa McCloskey is tied for 42nd at 4-over 148 (76-72), registering a solid round Wednesday. She was 2-under going out and 1-over coming in with three birdies on the day.
Sophomore Sophia Popov is tied for 53rd at 5-over 149 (75-74) and had two birdies Wednesday. Fellow sophomore Rachel Morris, who was USC's low score Tuesday, is now tied for 82nd at 9-over 153 (73-80) after a tough second round.
USC will join LSU and Purdue in the final afternoon tee times off the 10th hole on Thursday, beginning at 12:58 p.m.