Trojans Tie For 2nd At Pac-12 Championships, Finish One Stroke Out

    Junior Doris Chen took third at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships on Sunday.

    April 27, 2014

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    Junior Doris Chen finished third while sophomores Kyung Kim and Annie Park tied for seventh as No. 1 USC just missed defending its conference title, tying for second by one stroke on the final day of the 2014 Women's Golf Pac-12 Championships at the Trysting Tree G.C. in Corvallis, Ore., on Sunday (April 27).

    USC, which had won three of the past six conference tournaments, combined for a three-day 6-over 870 (294-284-292), tied with host Arizona and one back of Stanford's 869. UCLA was fourth at 871 in what was a four-team race to the finish.

    The Trojans also finished second by a stroke in 2012. Troy has finished first or second in six of the past seven Pac-12 Championships after finishing no better than third between 1995-2007.

    USC did earn five points in the Crosstown Gauntlet, the all-sport competition between the Trojans and the Bruins, by finishing one stroke better than UCLA. Points between men's and women's golf are annually awarded at the conference event to the higher finisher between the two schools.

    The Trojans began the day in fourth, five back of UCLA, four back of the Wildcats and one behind the Cardinal. Playing about an hour ahead of the top 3 teams, USC had to sit and wait to see where its 6-over final score would leave it. Turns out, it was one stroke too many to force a playoff.

    "We are looking forward to regionals," USC Coach Andrea Gaston said. "We have some work to do to get ready. We still haven't seen the best from our players."

    Chen, the 2012 Pac-12 champion, took third at 1-under 215 (74-70-71) while Park (70-71-77) and Kim (76-69-73) finished at 4-over 220. Chen, who was four strokes out of first, had four birdies, including two on a 2-under back 9. Kim had a pair of birdies, one on a 1-under back 9 and Park had three birdies.

    Freshman Karen Chung tied for 29th at 9-over 225 (74-80-71) and senior Sophia Popov tied for 39th at 13-over 229 (77-74-78). Chung had three birdies, including one on 18. Popov had one.

    USC, which sports a team record eight wins this season as well as three second-place finishes, will next play in the NCAA Regionals May 8-10. The NCAA finals are set for May 20-23.