USC Keeps Lead At Northrop Grumman

Feb. 9, 2010

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During a cold and miserably rainy day, solid efforts from senior Caroline Kim and junior Lizette Salas helped keep the No. 9 USC women's golf team in first place after the second round of the 2010 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C. on Tuesday (Feb. 9).

The Trojans, looking for their first win in the event's 15-year history, began the day with an eight-stroke lead, but saw the advantage shaved to two after a 12-over 296 and now stand at 12-over 580 (284-296).

USC's middle round was actually the second-best of the day, but Pepperdine still climbed to within two strokes at 14-over 582 (295-287) with the best round of the day. The final round figures to be a two-team race between Troy and the Waves. Denver is in third at 26-over 594 and top-ranked UCLA in fourth at 27-over 595.

Salas and Kim both turned in 2-over 73s to lead USC Tuesday. Salas is now eighth while Kim moved from a tie for 34th to a tie for 20th. Salas' day included one birdie against three bogeys while Kim had three birdies and five bogeys. She was sitting at par through 16 holes before getting nicked for two bogeys near the end of her round.

Sophomore Jennifer Song is tied for third at par 142 (67-75), but her strong day - 1-under through 12 holes -- derailed over the final six holes and she finished the round 5-over.

Senior Belen Mozo dropped into a tie for 15th at 6-over 148 (69-79) after a tough second round that included only one birdie. Sophomore Inah Park is tied for 37th at 11-over 153 (78-75), improving three strokes from her first round. She was even over her final six holes.

Playing as individuals, freshman Cyna Rodriguez is tied for 52nd at 14-over 156 (74-82) and senior Stefanie Endstrasser is tied for 65th at 17-over 159 (77-82).

Action concludes Wednesday (Feb. 10) with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

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