USC Captures NCAA Women's Golf Title

May 24, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Southern California captured the 2008 NCAA Women's Golf Championship Friday at the par 72, 6,424-yard University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course. The Trojans won the event by six-strokes over UCLA and claimed their first women's golf national championship since 2003. Arizona State junior Azahara Munoz was the medalist after shooting a 1-under par through 72-holes.

Southern California extended its tournament winning streak to four events after breaking away with the title. The Trojans claimed their second team title in school history. The last USC title came in 2003, when they defeated Pepperdine by 15 strokes.

Munoz went to a one-hole playoff against Tiffany Joh from UCLA to take the honor. Munoz, who entered the final round with the lead, carded a 1-over par 73 Friday. The title marks her first national championship and her first collegiate victory.

Joh tied for first after shooting a 1-under over score but dropped the playoff hole after leaving a putt short.

UCLA finished second at 22-over (1,174) while three-time defending champion Duke took third at 28-over (1,180). Purdue was 36-over (1,188) finishing fourth and Arizona State was fifth at 37-over (1,189).

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