No. 1 USC Extends Lead At Stanford Intercollegiate|
Oct. 26, 2013
Senior Sophia Popov followed her first-round 66 with a second-round 67 while freshman Karen Chung also carded a 67 to lead No. 1 USC to a school-record 272 as the Trojans extended their lead to eight strokes after 36 holes of the Stanford Intercollegiate on Saturday (Oct. 26) at the Stanford (Calif.) G.C.
The Trojans, who are riding a school-record five-event win streak including a program-first two-tournament victory streak to start the season, combined for a 12-under 272, three better than the previous record of 275 set at the 2010 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at the Tacoma C.C.
USC is now at 20-under 548 (276-272), a school record for two consecutive rounds and for the first two rounds of an event. UCLA, despite a monster 16-under 268 second round, is still eight back of Troy at 12-under 556 (288-268).
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, seeking her school record sixth individual title, extended her Trojan career record of rounds in the 60s to 19 with her 67 and is now in first overall at 9-under 133 (66-67). Chung, at 6-under 136 (69-67), is tied for second with UCLA's Alison Lee (69-67).
Popov carded her second eagle in as many rounds, this time on the par 4 13th when she connected from about 130 yards, her 9-iron rolling in from a foot away. She was 2-under with three birdies on the front 9 and birdied 18 to get to 2-under on the back 9.
Chung notched her third round in the 60s in five tries with her 67 today. She was 1-over through 7 but finished her front nine with birdies on 8 and 9 and then went 3-under on the back 9, which included birdies on 15, 16 and 17.
Junior Doris Chen turned in a great round as well and is now fifth at 4-under 138 (70-68). She was 2-under on the front 9 with three birdies and was 1-under on the back 9 with two more birdies.
Sophomore Kyung Kim, the defending individual champion, is tied for 23rd at 1-over 143 (71-72) while sophomore Annie Park is tied for 28th at 2-over 144 (74-70). Freshman Gabriella Then, playing individually, is tied for 38th at 4-over 146 (73-73).
Action concludes Sunday beginning at 7:30 a.m.