Trojans Edge Closer To First In Wildcat Invitational

Feb. 23, 2009

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Led by a pair of 1-under performances from junior Belen Mozo and sophomore Lizette Salas, the second-ranked USC women's golf team climbed into third place - and within striking distance of first -- after the second day of the Arizona-hosted 2009 Wildcat Invitational at Peninsula G.C. in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico on Monday (Feb. 23).

USC turned in the second-lowest second round, a 1-under 287, and is now alone in third at 13-over 589 (302-287). UCLA remained in first at 6-over 582 (287-297) while ASU stayed in second at 9-over 585 (295-290). Pepperdine is fourth at 14-over 590 (305-285). USC is after its seventh top 2 finish in the past eight events and is seeking its 15 consecutive top 5 finish.

Salas, who hasn't finished outside of the top 10 this season, moved into a tie for sixth at even 144 (73-71) after her 1-under performance. Freshman Jennifer Song is tied for eighth at 1-over 145 (73-72) while Mozo moved into a tie for 22nd at 5-over 149 (78-71).

Junior Stefanie Endstrasser also rebounded from a tough first round, rising up the leaderboard into a tie for 28th at 7-over 151 (78-73). Junior Caroline Kim also improved from day 1 and is tied for 65th at 15-over 159 (81-78).

Round three tees off on Tuesday (Feb. 24) at 8 a.m. (MST).

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