Salas Wins 2008 Stanford Intercollegiate
Oct. 19, 2008
Sophomore Lizette Salas won her first career collegiate title while the No. 1 USC women's golf team posted its seventh consecutive top 2 finish on the final day of the 2008 Stanford Intercollegiate at Stanford G. C. on Sunday (Oct. 19).
USC, the 2008 defending NCAA champion, finished the 54-hole event at 5-under 847 (279-286-282), three behind first-place UCLA (844) and 10 ahead of third-place Stanford (857).
Troy, which began the day three back of UCLA, battled the Bruins throughout the day and flirted with first place before falling back on the final few holes.
Still, in addition to extending its top 2 streak to seven, USC now has 13 consecutive top 5 finishes, 17 consecutive top 6 finishes and 23 consecutive top 10 finishes.
Salas won the individual title with a 7-under 206 (66-72-68), taking over the lead during a 2-under front 9 and sealing it with a 1-under on the back 9. She finished two strokes ahead of Oklahoma State's Caroline Masson (208) and two ahead of USC teammate Belen Mozo (209, 68-71-70).
Salas, who didn't break 71 during an All-American freshman season last year, has gone under 70 three times in three events as a sophomore and has finished no lower than 10th (she is the only Trojan to post three top 10 finishes this season).
Mozo, meanwhile, turned in a 1-under final round, bogeying the 2nd hole and birdying the 11th and 12th holes. Her third-place finish is her best on the season and her highest since tying for third at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships.
Freshman Jennifer Song tied for 14th at 2-over 215 (72-69-74), marking her third straight top 14 finish this season. She was 1-under and battling for a top 10 finish after 10 holes before tripping up during the final eight holes.
Junior Caroline Kim completed her best tournament as a Trojan, tying for 38th at 7-over 220 (73-74-73). All three of her rounds counted toward USC's single-round totals. Kim was 3-over going out before straightening her game and closing the final nine holes at 1-under.
Junior Stefanie Endstrasser tied for 53rd at 9-over 222 (75-76-71), posting her best round of the event on Sunday thanks to five birdies.
Freshman In-Ah Park, playing as an individual, tied for 72nd at 16-over 229 (76-80-73). Her final-round 2-over effort featured a very steady effort with two bogeys and 16 pars.
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