Kim Leads Trojans At U.S. Open With 1-Under|
June 27, 2013
Kyung Kim fired a 1-under 71 and Doris Chen carded a 2-over 73 while former Trojans Lizette Salas and Jennifer Salas finished at 4- and 2-under, respectively, to lead a large contingent of USC golfers in the first round of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open Championship at the Sebonack G.C. in Southampton, N.Y., on Thursday (June 27).
Kim, a rising sophomore, is among 11 golfers tied for 17th while Chen, a rising junior, is tied for 52nd.
Annie Park, who with fellow 2013 freshman Kim and Chen helped USC to the NCAA team title in May, also played today (the course is near her hometown in Long Island), but had a tough round and finished at 7-over 79.
Kim had three birdies against just two bogeys on the day in a very steady round, finishing tied as low amateur. Chen got off to a hot start and was 2-under through 12 before some late birdies dropped her to 2-over.
Park, a local favorite, could never get going. Starting on the 10th hole, she birdied 11 but doubled 12 to go to 1-over. She was 2-over after 18 and finished her back 9 at 5-over.
Salas, ranked 19th in the world and 11th on the LPGA money list, teed off on 10 as well and was 2-under on both her front and back 9 and finished play with a birdie on 9. She is tied for third overall, two off the lead.
Rosales, the 1998 NCAA champion, carded her 2-under with three birdies and one bogey and is tied for ninth.
Other former Trojans in action included Dewi Claire Schreefel, tied for 81st at 4-over, Irene Cho, tied for 98th at 5-over, Belen Mozo and Nicole Castrale, tied for 112th at 6-over and Candie Kung, tied for 133rd at 7-over
Incoming freshman Gabriella Then is tied for 98th at 5-over.
ESPN2 will broadcast live coverage 3-7 p.m. on Friday while NBC will broadcast live coverage from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (all times ET).