No. 1 USC Opens In First At Stanford Intercollegiate|
Oct. 25, 2013
Senior Sophia Popov fired a 5-under 66 to tie her collegiate best and lead the top-ranked USC women's golf team to first place after the first day of the Stanford Intercollegiate on Friday (Oct. 25) at the Stanford (Calif.) G.C.
The Trojans, who are riding a school-record five-event win streak including a program-first two-tournament win streak to start the season, combined for an 8-under 276, tying its season best round which is also tied for second-lowest in school history. Washington is second at 2-under 282 while host Stanford and Oregon are tied for third at 1-under 283.
USC, featuring its third different starting five in as many events, won the Stanford Intercollegiate last year, the first of seven victories last season. Overall, Troy has won nine of its past 10 starts.
Popov extended her Trojan career record of rounds in the 60s to 18 with her second career 66, good for a share of the individual lead. Starting on the back 9, she opened with a bogey on 10 before birdies on 11, 12 and 17 and made the turn at 2-under. She then birdied 4 and bogeyed 6 before an eagle on the par 5 7th hole and another birdie on 8. Popov's eagle featured a 3-wood from just under 240 yards to within five feet of the pin and she found the bottom of the cup from there.
Freshman Karen Chung is tied for fourth after a 2-under 69. She opened with birdies on 10 and 11 and was 4-under through eight holes and though she gave back a bit with bogeys on 18 and 6, she still notched her second sub-70 round in four rounds this year.
Junior Doris Chen tied for 11th at 1-under 70. She made the turn at par and was 1-over before birdies on 7 and 8 to close the round with a flourish. Sophomore Kyung Kim, the defending individual champion, tied for 16th at even 71. She was 2-under through her first 12 holes before a double bogey on 4 and a bogey on 6. She got back to even with a birdie on 7 as she grinded out a solid round.
Sophomore Annie Park is tied for 45th at 3-over 74. She fell victim to four-putt on her second hole of the day and finished par the rest of the way.
Freshman Gabriella Then, playing individually, is tied for 35th at 2-over 73. She had three birdies on the day.
Action continues Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.