Chan 67 Leads No. 2 USC To Early Lead At Pac-12 Championships|
April 18, 2016
Junior Tiffany Chan fired a 5-under 67 to lead five Trojans under par as No. 2 USC moved out to a four-stroke lead after the first round of the 2016 Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships at Ruby Hills G.C. in Pleasanton, Calif., on Monday (April 18).
The Trojans, looking for their fifth win this season and sixth conference title, combined for a 10-under 278, four ahead of No. 4 UCLA’s 6-under 282 and seven better than No. 10 Arizona State’s 3-under 285.
USC’s 10-under round is its most under par at a Pac-12 Championships, topping the 8-under 280 in the opening round of the 2013 Pac-12s at the Valencia (Calif.) C.C., which the Trojans went on to win by 24 strokes. The 278 ties Troy’s mark for lowest Pac-12 round, equaling the total in the final round of the 2009 Pac-12s at the Stanford (Calif.) G.C.
Chan registered her fourth round under 70 this season and her second in the spring with her 67. She knocked in seven birdies today, including four on a 3-under first nine. She was 2-under through 10, but finished the final eight holes at 3-under, which included USC’s only birdie on 18.
Chan’s 67 is tied for USC’s third lowest round at a Pac-12 Championships. Lizette Salas’ 65 in 2009 is the record. Chan trails first-round leader Haley Moore of Arizona by one stroke.
Junior Gabriella Then and freshman Robynn Ree are tied for fifth at 2-under 70. Then was even after back-to-back bogeys on 11 and 12 before birdieing 13, 14 and 15 en route to her 2-under round. Ree also connected on consecutive birdies between 13 and 15 and, like Then, bogeyed 17 during her 2-under round.
Senior Kyung Kim and junior Karen Chung joined their teammates in the top 20, finishing the first round tied for 16th at 1-under 71. Chung opened with 10 pars before a bogey on 11. She got to red with birdies on 15 and 16. Kim turned in three birdies against two bogeys to open her final Pac-12 Championships.
The Trojans will be paired again with the Bruins for the second round with Kim and Bruin Hadas Libman kicking it off at 9:50 a.m.
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