No. 6 USC Tied For Third After NCAA Regional First Round

    Senior Victoria Morgan
    May 8, 2017


    Senior Victoria Morgan carded a par 72 to lead the No. 6 USC women’s golf team into a three-way tie for third place after the first round of the 2017 NCAA Albuquerque (N.M.) Regional at the UNM Championship Course on Monday (May 8).

    The Trojans, who battled winds with the final group of schools finishing late today, combined for a 7-over 295, tied with Pac-12 rivals California and Washington, the teams 8 back of upstart Pepperdine and five behind conference foe Stanford. Duke and Campbell are tied for sixth at 9-over 297 while North Carolina State is eighth at 13-over 301 in the 18-team field.

    The top six teams plus the top three individuals from each of four NCAA Regionals will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 19-24, hosted by Northern Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms, in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

    USC, playing on this course for the first time since its 2008 NCAA title, is seeking its 20th straight trip to the NCAA final field while currently riding an NCAA-record streak of even straight regional wins.

    Morgan led the Trojans’ efforts Monday with five birdies, including on all four of the par 5s. She also birdied three times over her final 10 holes and on 18 to finish her round at par in her first career NCAA Regional action.

    Senior Tiffany Chan and freshman Muni He are tied for 24th at 2-over 74. Chan was 3-under through 5 but finished the final 13 holes at 5-over. He was 3-over through 10 before sinking her first birdie on 18.

    Sophomore Robynn Ree is tied for 30th at 3-over 75 after a 3-under start through 3 while senior Gabriella Then is tied for 41st at 4-over 76.