No. 2 USC Wins Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge By 1 Stroke|
Feb. 14, 2017
Senior Tiffany Chan and freshman Muni He each birdied their final holes while seniors Victoria Morgan and Gabriella Then also had late birdies as the No. 2 USC women's golf team came from behind to win the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Tuesday (Feb. 14) at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C.
USC won its spring opener at 4-over 856 (285-282-289), a tournament record and one better than second-place Arizona State, whose final-round 282 was the only round under par today. Duke finished third at 7-over 859 and Florida, which started the day with a two-stroke lead over Troy and which held the lead late, dropped to fourth at 8-over 860.
The win is the Trojans' second this season, the fourth overall at the Northrop Grumman and the first at the event since capturing the tourney in 2014. USC has now won 25 of its past 43 outings, 28 of 47 and 29 of 49 dating back to the fall of 2012.
"The girls persevered today," USC Coach Andrea Gaston said. "They stayed in the game. Each day we had a rough start, but it's not always how you start, it's how you finish. I'm really proud of them. This is a hard course and you have to stay patient and present."
Morgan finished as USC's low scorer at par 213 (70-72-71), tied for seventh and her second top 7 result in a row. The senior shook off a bogey on 17 with a clutch birdie on 18 before finishing with a par on 1 in the shotgun start.
"None of us had our A games this week, more like B games," Morgan said. "But we all grinded it out, stayed focused and put together a great team win."
Sophomore Robynn Ree, who entered the final round just one back of first, had an off day but still tied for 14th at 3-over 216 (68-70-78), her fifth top 17 finish in as many starts this season.
Then tied for 17th at 5-over 218 (73-71-74), her third top 17 this year. She also birdied 18 before pars on 1 and 2 to finish her round. Chan (74-70-74) tied for 17th as well. After pars on 1 and 2, she birdied her final hole on 3 for just her second birdie of the day.
He, in her first tournament as a Trojan after enrolling at USC in January, tied for 24th at 6-over 219 (78-71-70). She shook off her 7-over first round to finish the final 36 holes at 1-under.
Fellow freshman Allisen Corpuz (71-75-73), playing individually, joined her in a tie for 24th and finished with a solid final round featuring two bogeys and 16 pars.
USC returns to action at the Bruin Wave Invitational, Feb. 27-28, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.