Record-Tying Round Propels No. 2 USC To Big Lead At Annika Intercollegiate|
Sept. 28, 2015
The No. 2 USC women’s golf team, led by junior Tiffany Chan’s 65 and freshman Robynn Ree’s 66, combined for a school-record-tying 17-under second round and established a 17-shot lead after the second round of the season-opening Annika Intercollegiate at the Reunion Resort’s Watson Course in Orlando, Fla., on Monday (Sept. 28).
USC’s leading 36 total of 29-under 547 (276-271) is a school record for any 36-hole stretch, lowering by one the old standard set in the first two rounds of the 2013 Stanford Intercollegiate at 548 (276-272) on a par 71 course. The Trojans’ second-round tied the school record they set in last season’s second round at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.
Texas A&M is second behind USC at 12-under 564 while Arizona is third (567), Duke is fourth (568) and Arkansas is fifth (570).
Ree battled Chan and Chung atop the leader board throughout the second round and used a 4-under back 9 to grab the solo lead at 10-under 134 (68-66). She birdied 1, 2, 12 and 14 for the second day and row and added birdies today on 15 and 16. She has yet to bogey a hole.
Ree’s 134 is the best two-round stretch since Doris Chen closed last year’s Stanford Intercollegiate with a 65 and 69. USC’s record for most under par after two rounds is 12-under courtesy of Jennifer Song’s 132 (66-66) that she carded en route to a two-round win in the rain-shortened 2009 Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club Course in Franklin, Tenn.
Chan, like Ree, also posted a bogey-free day, including a five-birdie 5-under back 9 that led her to a 7-under round. Chan (71-65) is tied with Chung (68-68) at 8-under 136. The 65 tied USC’s best round from last season. The last round lower was Annie Park’s 7-under 64 at the 2013 Stanford Intercollegiate.
Chung turned in her second straight 4-under round thanks to five birdies, including three in row on 12, 13 and 14. She has two rounds in the 60s to open the season, one less than her entire 2015 season total.
Junior Gabriella Then is tied for 12th at 3-under 141 (69-72). She birdied three times Monday, including on 18 to get to par for the round. Senior Victoria Morgan is tied for 49th at 7-over 151 (74-77).