Troy Ties For 2nd At Arizona Wildcat Invitational
Feb. 27, 2008
Behind hard-charging sophomore Belen Mozo and steady freshman Lizette Salas, the No. 4 USC women's golf team came from 10 strokes back to flirt with first for most of the afternoon before tying for second-place on the final day of 2008 Arizona Wildcat Invitational at the Arizona National G.C. in Tucson on Wednesday (Feb. 27).
The Women of Troy, who began the day tied for third with Arizona, 10 back of Oklahoma State and six back of second-ranked Duke, combined for a third-round-low 290 to finish at 34-over 886 (296-300-290), only two back of the tournament-winning Cowboys (884). Troy finished tied with the Blue Devils while host and fourth-place Arizona came in at 899. USC's finish was its fifth straight top 3 finish and sixth in the top sixth (in six starts).
Mozo turned in a season-best 68 (tying her USC career low), a 3-under performance that gave her a 3-over 216 (74-74-68) for the tournament. She finished three strokes back of first-place Amanda Blumenherst of Duke (213).
Mozo birdied five holes on the day, including three of her first seven after teeing off on the 2nd hole in the shotgun start. She now has three top three finishes on the season, five in the top 11 and has finished no lower than a tie for 18th this season.
Salas finished with her team-best-tying fourth top 10 finish this season, starting and ending the final round tied for eighth at 8-over 221 (72-75-74). She had one birdie on the day, helping her finish the final third of the course at 1-under.
Sophomore Stefanie Endstrasser tied for 16th at 11-over 224 (73-79-72), posting three birdies in her final round. She has two top 20 finishes in her two outings for USC.
Freshman Joanne Lee, playing individually and not counting toward USC's team totals, started the day tied for third at 3-over 145. She struggled on Wednesday, but still managed to tie for 20th at 12-over 225 (75-70-80).
Junior Victoria Alimonda, also playing individually, tied for 77th at 248 (78-86-84).