No. 6 USC Posts Strong Second Round At NCAA Regional|
May 9, 2017
Sophomore Robynn Ree fired a 2-under 70 while senior Victoria Morgan and freshman Muni He turned in 71s as the No. 6 USC women’s golf team solidified its standing after 36 holes of the 2017 NCAA Albuquerque (N.M.) Regional at the UNM Championship Course on Tuesday (May 9).
The Trojans combined for a 3-under 285 for the second-best round of the day and are now 4-over 580 (295-285), alone in third, seven back of first-place Stanford and three behind second-place Pepperdine. Duke is fourth at 9-over, California fifth at 10-over and Washington holding onto the last would-be qualifying spot in sixth at 11-over. Five teams, led by seventh-place Oklahoma State at 14-over, are within eight shots of sixth place.
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.
Ree posted a four-birdie day, including a 2-under on the back 9, for her 70 and to move into a tie for 13th at 1-over 175 (75-70). He (74-71) is tied with Ree thanks to a strong back 9 rally that saw her birdie four of her final seven holes to complement an eagle on 1.
Morgan, who has posted USC’s top result a team-best three times this year, remained in the top 10 and sits tied for seventh at 1-under 143 (72-71) after a three-birdie day against just two bogeys. She is three off the lead.
USC tees off in the final round with Stanford and Pepperdine beginning at 8:09 a.m. Wednesday.