No. 6 USC Moves Into Needed Top 8 After NCAA Championships Second Round|
May 21, 2017
Sophomore Robynn Ree fired a par 72 while Tiffany Chan found her way into the top 25 to lead No. 6 USC -- following a 24-hour weather break -- into seventh place after the second round of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., on Sunday (May 21).
The Trojans, in their national-best 20th straight NCAA Championships, battled high winds en route to a 15-over second round that saw them move into the top eight Sunday at 42-over 618 (315-303). Northwestern maintained the lead at 23-over 599 with Kent State second (607) and Stanford third (609).
Ohio State sits fourth (610), Baylor fifth (611), South Carolina sixth (613), USC seventh and Miami eighth (619). Another seven teams, including Arizona State and Texas tied for ninth at 620, are within six strokes of the top 8.
USC is set to tee off among the final pairings on Monday, starting at 12:40 p.m. CT.
“Robynn really played great today,” USC Coach Andrea Gaston said. “We almost had the round in hand and it was great seeing those red numbers showing up on our back 9. Unfortunately we just didn’t quite get it in the house. Still, these are tough conditions and overall this course can be mentally fatiguing.”
After rain washed away the second round on Saturday, the event was shortened to 54 holes with the final stroke play round set for Monday. The top eight teams from there will play in a match play tournament for the title starting Tuesday with quarterfinals and semifinals and the final on Wednesday.
Ree bounced back from an 83 on Friday to move to a tie for 40th at 11-over 155 (83-72) on Sunday. She turned in a steady round with a birdie and bogey on each nine.
Chan is tied for 23rd at 9-over 153 (77-76). She opened today with a 4-over back 9 but came home on the front at 1-under despite finishing with two bogeys.
Senior Victoria Morgan, Troy’s leader Friday, is tied for 33rd at 10-over 154 (76-78) after going 3-over on both nines today. Freshman Muni He is tied for 53rd at 13-over 157 (80-77). Senior Gabriella Then is tied for 76th at 16-over 160 (82-78).