USC, Song Take Mason Rudolph Titles
Sept. 27, 2009
A day after storms rained out the second round, the No. 2 USC women's golf team washed away the competition during the final round at the 2009 Mason Rudolph Championship, posting a two-stroke win while sophomore Jennifer Song took the individual title on Sunday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club Course in Franklin, Tenn.
USC, which began the day tied for first with Auburn at 10-under, didn't card the lowest round of the day, but its 6-under 282 was good enough to take the two-round title at 16-under 560 (278-282). The win is USC's first since winning the 2008 national championship while Song's victory was her first solo title as a collegiate player (she tied for first at the Pac-10 Championships).
UCLA finished second at 562, Auburn was third at 563 while Arizona State and Duke were fourth (565).
Song fired her second consecutive 6-under 66 to win the event at 12-under 132 (66-66), three strokes better than Vanderbilt's Alex Marina and Auburn's Cydney Clanton (who were tied at 129).
Junior Lizette Salas improved five strokes from the first day to finish tied for 25th at 1-under 143 (74-69) while senior Caroline Kim and sophomore Inah Park posted identical rounds of 70 and 74 to tie for 30th at even 144. Freshman Cyna Rodriguez rounded out USC's efforts tied for 40th at 1-over 145 (72-73).
Like she did in the first round, Song posted six birdies without a bogey. And like Friday, she knocked four of them in the front 9 (including birdies on 1 and 4 for the second time) and a pair on the back nine. Song's birdies on 17 and 18 and a birdie by Salas on 17 helped secure the Trojan win.
In addition to her birdie on 17, Salas had four other birdies as she looks to build on a sophomore season in which she was ranked No. 1 for much of the year and earned All-American first team honors (as did Song).
Kim's round included a birdie against three bogeys as did both Park's and Rodriguez's.