Mozo In First, Troy Tied For Fifth After NCAA West Regional First Round
May 7, 2009
Junior Belen Mozo turned in her second-best effort of the season, which included an eagle, to lead the field and pace the No. 3 USC women's golf team on the first day of the 2009 NCAA Championships West Regional at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz., on Thursday (May 7).
USC is tied for fifth with three other teams at 1-over 289 after the first round. Top-ranked Arizona State, playing on its own course, opened a big first-round lead at 15-under 273. Tied for second 15 strokes back at par 288 are Arizona, Texas and Texas A&M. Joining USC in fifth at 289 are Arkansas, TCU and UC Irvine. California is in ninth at 3-over 291.
The top eight teams in each of the 21-team NCAA East, Central and West Regionals (plus two individuals from each field) will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 19-22 at the Caves Valley G.C. in Owings Mills, Md.
Mozo led USC at 6-under 66, using an eagle on the Par 4, 371-yard 4th hole and four other birdies to take the round-one lead.
Freshman Jennifer Song is tied for 17th at even 72. She was 2-over on the front 9 and 2-under on the back 9.
Sophomore Lizette Salas was 2-under after 7 holes, but three bogeys the rest of the way left her tied for 34th at 1-over 73. She has yet to finish outside the top 10 this year.
Freshman Inah Park is tied for 78th at 6-over 78 while junior Caroline Kim is tied for 95th at 7-over 79. Kim was actually even through nine holes while Park was 1-over, but both struggled on the back 9.
Action continues Friday and Saturday.