Song Reaches Playoff, USC Second At Pac-10 Championships
April 26, 2009
An exciting final round that featured freshman Jennifer Song charging down the back 9 to force a playoff, sophomore Lizette Salas carding a 6-under 65, snaring five Lexus-Gauntlet points and the No. 3 USC women's golf team setting a school record for lowest team round culminated in a second-place finish at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships at the Stanford (Calif.) G.C. on Sunday (April 26).
USC, the Pac-10 defending champs, finished at 9-over 861 (292-291-278), nine back of first-place Arizona State's even 852 (293-281-278). The Trojans, whose 278 erased the previous school record of 279 (set most recently in 2008), finished three strokes better than third-place UCLA (864-291-288-285), securing five points in the Lexus-Gauntlet competition, the season-long, all-sport battle between USC and UCLA. USC now leads 50-40. In men's and women's golf, points are awarded to the highest finisher at the conference championships between the two schools.
Song fell just shot of becoming the fourth Trojan to win an individual Pac-10 title, but she gave herself a shot in the platoff after a dramatic back 9 that saw her finish 5-under over the final seven holes thanks to an eagle on 12 and birdies on 13, 15 and 16.
Song ultimately fell in the three-way playoff to Arizona's State's Carlotta Ciganda, who bested Sun Devil teammate Jennifer Osborn and Song on the first hole.
The South Korean's stretch run helped her to a final-round 69 to finish at 3-under 210 (70-71-69). Salas came close to making the playoff a four-woman competition, but finished a stroke short at 2-under 211 (74-72-65). The sophomore turned in the low round of the 54-hole event thanks to seven birdies, including four on the back 9. Only a bogey on 17, her first of the day, kept her out of the playoff. Salas' 65 tied for the second-best round in USC history (teammate Belen Mozo is among the players she tied).
Mozo had a very good tournament herself, taking 11th at 5-over 218 (73-73-72). She had two birdies during her 1-over final round. Freshman Inah Park was also 1-over for the final round, helping her tie for 24th at 12-over 225 (78-75-72).
Song and Salas were both named All-Pac-10 first team while Mozo was second team.
Junior Carolina Kim was 42nd at 25-over 238 (75-84-79).
USC now turns its focus to the NCAA Regional Championships, which are set for May 7-9.