Trojans Rally To Second At 2008 Fall Preview

Sept. 8, 2008

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Led by sophomore Lizette Salas, the USC women's golf team, the defending NCAA champion and ranked No. 1 in the 2008-09 Golfworld Preseason Poll, turned in the low round of the day to finish second in the season-opening 2008 Fall Preview at the Caves Valley G.C. in Owings Mill, Md., on Monday (Sept. 8).

The Trojans combined for a 3-under 285 to wrap up the tournament and finished at 16-over 880 (298-297-285). They were eight strokes behind first-place Arizona State (872). The Sun Devils posted the second lowest score of the day (286) to stay ahead of USC. Only one other school was within five strokes of the Trojans on Monday (Alabama, 290) in a tournament featuring most of the top schools in the country.

Salas's 68 was her lowest round as a Trojan (it was 71 previously) and helped her finish at 1-under 215 (73-74-68), good for third overall, her best finish as a Trojan. One-over after five holes, Salas birdied five of her final 13 holes to climb up the leaderboard and finish only three strokes out of first.

Trojan freshman Jennifer Song joined Salas in the top 10 at 2-over 218 (73-72-73) in her collegiate debut. Her final round got off to a slow start, four-over through eight holes. But she fought back to finish 3-under over the final 10 holes.

Junior Belen Mozo, USC's two-time All-American, carded a 2-under final round to move into a tie for 14th at 4-over 200 (76-74-70). Her finish extends her a streak of top 18 finishes to 14, which dates back to the 2006-07 NCAA Central Regional Championships. Mozo had four birdies on Monday.

Junior Stefanie Endstrasser tied for 35th at 11-over 227 (76-77-74) while junior Caroline Kim was 57th at 22-over 238 (77-78-83).

USC is next in action at the Mason Rudolph Championship, Sept. 26-28, at the Legends G.C. in Nashville, Tenn.

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