No. 1 USC Wins School-Record Fifth Straight Event|
Oct. 1, 2013
The No. 1 USC women's golf team overcame strong winds and a scorecard DQ to not only win its school-record fifth consecutive tournament but open a season with two straight wins for the first time as it captured the 2013 Windy City Collegiate Championship at the Northmoor C.C. in Highland Park, Ill., on Tuesday (Oct. 1).
The Trojans' five-event win streak that includes the 2013 national championship snaps the previous record of four that closed the 2008 season with an NCAA title. USC has also won eight of its past nine events.
USC, led by sophomore Kyung Kim's 3-under 210 (69-68-73) which was good for a tie for second, finished at 1-over 853 (284-278-291), two better than Oklahoma (855) and four better than both Arizona and Stanford (857).
The Trojans had built a 10-stroke lead midway through the final round and still led by eight as play finished. But sophomore Annie Park mistakenly signed for an incorrect card, disqualifying her 1-under round and forcing the Trojans to use their low round, which was a 5-over.
Fortunately for the Trojans, Kim birdied two of her final three holes while junior Doris Chen and freshman Gabriella Then - whose 5-over was included in USC's final tally - both birded 18 to provide the necessary padding for the win.
Kim, who opened the 2013-14 season with a win at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview with three rounds in the 60s, is the first Trojan to open the season with five in a row. She wasn't quite as sharp in the windy conditions today, but still managed to tie for second overall for her fifth top 3 finish of her career.
Kim has just one less round in the 60s already this year than all of last season. The school record for a season is eight, shared by Jennifer Song (2010) and Irene Cho (2006). The career record is held by senior Sophia Popov (17).
Park was looking at a top 5 finish as well before her scorecard error. She posted rounds of 71 and 69 Monday and carded a 70 before the miscue.
Freshman Karen Chung, making her collegiate debut this week, finished sixth at 1-over 214 (73-69-72). She was 2-under on her front 9 today and was still 2-under before a double bogey on 15 and a bogey on 17.
Chen tied for ninth at 3-over 216 (71-75-70), her best finish since a tie for seventh at last year's Pac-12 Championships. During a steady round in tough conditions, she birdied 6 and had pars the rest of the way until a bogey on 17 and her birdie on 18.
Then tied for 36th at 9-over 222 (74-72-76). She was 4-over on the front 9, but came home at 1-over, including her birdie on 18.
Senior Rachel Morris, part of USC's NCAA title team last year who played individually this week in her first event of the season, finished 62nd at 18-over 231 (81-76-74).
USC returns to action Oct. 25-27 at the Stanford Intercollegiate. USC won the event last season.