Salas 66 Leads USC At Stanford Intercollegiate
Oct. 17, 2008
Sophomore Lizette Salas fired a USC-personal best 66 while junior Belen Mozo carded a season-best 68 to lead the No. 1 Women of Troy golf team to third place after the first day of the 2008 Stanford Intercollegiate at Stanford G. C. on Friday (Oct. 17).
USC, the 2008 defending NCAA champion which has finished no lower than sixth in 16 consecutive tournaments, posted a combined 5-under 279. Troy is tied for third with host Stanford, two back of first-place UCLA (277) and one behind second-place Oklahoma State (278).
Salas' blistering first round included birdies on Nos. 6, 7, 11 and 17 and an eagle on the par 5, 473-yard 12th hole. In second at 5-under, Salas had only one bogey on the day. Her previous best round as a Trojan was 68, set in USC's most recent event, the Mason Rudolph Championship. Salas is looking to remain the only Trojan to finish in the top 10 in each of her events this season.
Mozo, who had a streak of finishing no lower than a tie for 18th in 14 consecutive events snapped at the Mason Rudolph, appears ready to start a new streak. Her 3-under 68 included four birdies on the day (including three on a 3-under front 9) against one bogey. She is tied for third.
Freshman Jennifer Song is tied for 34th after a 1-over 72. She birdied twice en route to a 2-under front 9 before three bogeys on the back 9 pushed her just above par.
Junior Caroline Kim tied a USC career low with an opening round 2-over 73, her best result since her freshman season. Kim, tied for 48th, was actually 1-under through 12 holes with four birdies to her credit before a couple missteps on 17 and 18 left her above par.
Junior Stefanie Endstrasser rounded out USC's first-day efforts with a 4-over 75, tied for 63rd. After struggling on the front 9, she found her game coming home, finishing the back 9 at 1-under.
Freshman In-Ah Park, playing as an individual, is tied for 68th at 5-over 76.
Among the streaks USC is trying to extend are six consecutive top 2 finishes, 12 consecutive top 5 finishes, 16 consecutive top 6 finishes and 22 consecutive top 10finishes.
Play continues Saturday and Sunday.