No. 1 USC Tied For Third After NCAA Championships First Round|
May 20, 2016
Senior Kyung Kim and junior Tiffany Chan each turned in 1-under 71s to lead No. 1 USC to a tie for third after the first round of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships on Friday (May 20) at the Eugene (Ore.) C.C.
The Trojans, looking for their fourth NCAA title but first need a top 8 finish after 72 holes of stroke play to advance to the eight-team match play tournament, finished the opening 18 holes at a combined 1-over 289, tied for third with Washington. They are five back of first-place Oklahoma State and three behind second-place UCLA. Arizona is fifth at 3-over, Northwestern and Arkansas are tied for sixth at 4-over while Virginia, Ohio State and South Carolina are tied for eighth at 4-over.
“The team did a great job today,” USC Coach Andrea Gaston said of her team that has finished in the top 2 of stroke play in each of the past four years. “For most of them, they’ve only seen this course once, so I think it’s a nice start.”
Kim, the last member still playing from USC’s 2013 NCAA title team, joined Chan in a tie for 19th at 1-under 71, three off the lead. Starting on the back 9, Chan used birdies on 15, 17 and 2 to get to 3-under before finishing with bogeys on 3 and 8. Kim was 1-under going out with a birdie on 14 and got to 2-under twice before finishing at 1-under.
Junior Karen Chung is tied for 39th at 1-over 73. She was 2-over going out after a bogey on 16 and a double on 17, but she came home at 1-under with birdies on 3 and 7.
Junior Gabriella Then, tied for 55th at 2-over 74, was 3-over after her first three holes, but steadied her game and finished the final 15 holes at 1-under with birdies on 15 and 1 and just one other bogey.
Freshman Robynn Ree, who entered the day with USC’s low stroke average, finished the first round at 6-over 78, tied for 111st in the 132-woman field.
The Trojans, in their 19th straight NCAA final, all under Gaston, will join UCLA and Alabama, which finished the first round in 23rd at 12-over 300, at 7:30 a.m. PT.