No. 1 USC Wins Amazing Seventh Event In a Row
Nov. 5, 2013
Sophomore Annie Park and senior Sophia Popov each fired final round 2-under 71s to lead the No. 1 USC women's golf team to a come-from-behind victory as the Trojans extended their school-record win streak to seven on the final day of the Pac-12 Preview at the Nanea G.C. in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, on Tuesday (Nov. 5).
The Trojans, whose four consecutive wins to start the season is also a school record, finished at a combined 15-under 861 (284-288-289), leapfrogging second-round leader Washington and second-place UCLA. The Bruins finished a stroke back of the Trojans at 14-under 862 while the Huskies took third at 7-under 869.
USC's lineup of Park, Popov, senior Rachel Morris, junior Doris Chen and sophomore Kyung Kim marked the first time this season Head Coach Andrea Gaston employed the same starting five that won the 2013 NCAA title.
Troy's four wins this year have featured four different starting lineups and USC has won 11 of its past 12 events dating back to last year.
"I am so proud of our team," Gaston said. "To win four events this year with four different lineups is a testament to the depth and talent of our team. As their coach, I appreciate how hard they work, and how they just keep fighting on! This is truly a special group of young ladies."
Park finished a season-best second at 7-under 212 (69-72-71), one back of first, while Popov tied for third at 6-under 213 (70-72-71). The duo flopped their positions from the previous event, when Popov tied for second at the Stanford Intercollegiate while Park tied for third.
Park's final round included a 1-under front 9 and she was 3-under through 13 before her first bogey on 14. After a birdie on 15, she doubled 17 but finished the round with a birdie. Popov was 1-under going out and coming home today with two four birdies on the day.
Chen (69-72-77) and Kim (76-72-70) tied for 13th at 1-under 218 while Morris, in her first appearance in USC's starting five this season, tied for 49th at 16-over 235 (78-74-83).