No. 1 USC, Chung Victorious At Wildcat Invitational|
March 17, 2015
Sophomore Karen Chung won her second career collegiate crown and led four Trojans in the top 7 and five in the top 17 as the No. 1 USC women's golf team secured its third victory this season with a wire-to-wire win at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational on Tuesday in Tucson, Ariz.
The Trojans combined for a 30-under 834 (280-271-283), 11 strokes better than second-place host Arizona (19-under 845). UNLV was third at 1-over 865.
USC's second round was its second-lowest total ever and the lowest ever on a par 72 course, giving the Trojans a school-record 17-under round. The previous record for most under par was a 13-under 275 during the 2010 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational final round.
Chung, who entered the tournament without a top 10 this year, turned in her best 54 holes of the season to win at 11-under 205 (67-68-70), outlasting Wildcat Lindsey Weaver, who finished at 10-under. Weaver missed a 10-foot par putt on 18 to force a playoff.
Chung became the third Trojan to finish first at an event this year, joining junior Annie Park and sophomore Gabriella Then. The last Trojan to finish double digits under par was Park, who won the 2013 NCAA title at 10-under, though over four rounds.
Irene Cho holds the USC record for most under par on a par 72 course, a 13-under 203 at the Guadalajara (Mexico) Invitational. Dewi Claire Schreefel won the 2007 Fall Preview at the par 73 New Mexico Championship Course at 15-under 204.
Junior Kyung Kim took fourth for her fourth top 10 this year at 8-under 208 (67-70-71) while Park tied for fifth at 6-under 210 (70-68-72). Kim had four birdies today to offset a bogey and a double bogey while Park had six birdies and six bogeys.
Freshman Amy Lee shook off a tough first round and came back to take seventh at 5-under 211 (76-65-70), good for her third top 10 in four events since enrolling in school in January.
Then, USC's top finisher the previous two starts, tied for 16th at 4-over 220 (76-70-74) for her fifth top 21 finish in a row.
Kim now has 21 career rounds in the 60s while Park has 20. The school record is 22, held by Sophia Popov, who did it in four seasons.