Trojans Lead After 36 Holes Of Windy City Collegiate|
Oct. 6, 2014
Junior Annie Park, less than a week after qualifying for the final stage of LPGA "Q" school, re-joined the Trojans and helped them claim a six-stroke lead after a 36-hole first day of the Windy City Collegiate Championship at the Westmoreland (Ill.) C.C., on Monday (Oct. 6).
USC, the defending champion of the event and still playing without junior All-American Kyung Kim, finished first at 5-over 581 (294-287), six better than second-place Northwestern and eight ahead of third-place Oklahoma State (589).
Park, who led USC in stroke average the past two years with the two lowest marks in school history, began her third collegiate season in fine fashion despite the tough travel schedule.
Three days after churning out four rounds of Stage II "Q" School in Florida, Park polished off the first competitive day of her junior year in Illinois at 2-under 142 (73-69), which included a five-birdie second round -- the 16th round in the 60s of her USC career (third best in program history).
Senior Doris Chen (71-73) and sophomore Karen Chung (75-70), who tied for 11th in USC's season-opener, tied for sixth (E) and ninth (+1), respectively, today. Chen had four birdies in her first round, one in the second. Chung rebounded from a tough first round with five birdies in the second.
Junior Victoria Morgan, playing individually, is tied for 66th at 14-over 158 (78-80).
USC is seeking its first win this year after winning a program-record nine times in the 2013-14 season.
Final round action for the top 3 teams will begin at 9 a.m. CT.