Song Leads Troy After Mason Rudolph Second Round
Sept. 27, 2008
Freshman Jennifer Song and junior Stefanie Endstrasser each turned in their second consecutive under-par rounds to lead the USC women's golf team (No. 1 Golfworld/No. 4 Golfweek.com), which stands in fourth after the second round of the eighth annual Mason Rudolph Women's Championship on the South Course of the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., on Saturday (Sept. 23).
USC is in fourth at 3-under 573 (288-285), 11 back of first-place UCLA (562), which turned in a blistering 275 on Saturday. Oklahoma State (568), previously first, fell to second while Vanderbilt is fourth (572). Duke is fifth (579) and Arizona State is sixth (580).
Song, in only her second tournament as a Trojan, turned in her USC low with a 68 to drop to 5-under 139 (71-68) to tie for fourth while Endstrasser carded a two-under 70 and is ninth at 3-under 141 (71-70).
Sophomore Lizette Salas is tied for 17th at 144 (71-73) after a 1-over second round. Junior Belen Mozo moved up slightly to a tie for 36th at 5-over 149 (75-74) while senior Victoria Alimonda is tied for 72nd at 13-over 157 (76-81). Senior Shelcie Takenouchi, playing as an individual, is in 87th at 21-over 165 (86-79).
Song played in strong second round that featured a 2-under front 9 and a 2-under back 9 with five birdies against one bogey. She birdied the par-4 8th and 17th holes for the second day in a row.
Endstrasser also had five birdies on the day, offset by three bogeys. She was 1-under going out and coming in.
Salas, who finished her first round with an eagle on Friday, went into the 14th hole at 1-under. Consecutive bogeys took a bit of the polish off a fine round, but she still remains at even after 36 holes.
Mozo shaved a stroke off her Friday total despite opening with a 3-over front 9. She finished the round at 1-under over her final nine holes.
The event concludes Sunday. USC is attempting to extend a streak of finishing no lower than sixth in 15 consecutive tournaments.