No. 1 USC Opens Pac-12 Championships In Sixth|
April 25, 2014
Sophomore Annie Park fired a 2-under 70 to lead No. 1 USC in the first round of the 2014 Pac-12 Championships as the Trojans finished sixth after 18 rain-soaked holes at the Trysting Tree G.C. in Corvallis, Ore., on Friday (April 25).
The Trojans, winners of a school-record eight events this year and the conference's defending champions, will be battling uphill in Saturday's second round after combining for a 6-over 294 in today's first round. They are nine back of No. 2 UCLA (285), one of two teams to beat USC this season. No. 9 Stanford is second at 286 while No 11 Arizona is third (287). No. 8 Washington is fourth (290) while No. 6 Arizona State is fifth (294). The conference championship boasts six of the top 11 teams n the country.
Park, the Pac-12 medalist a year ago, opened at 3-over through 4 holes, but finished her final 14 holes at 5-under, including a 3-under back 9, to tie for fifth overall. She is after her eighth straight top 11 finish.
Park (2013), Chen (2012) and Popov (2011) are the last three winners of the conference event, all doing it as freshmen.
This is not the first time the Trojans have faced a stiff challenge after the first round this season. USC trailed by 10 strokes after the first round of the season-opening Dale McNamara Fall Preview and went on to win the event by four strokes. USC also was 13 back of the lead after the first round of the SDSU Farms Invitational and went on to win by three strokes.