Troy Two Strokes Off Lead After Mason Rudolph 1st Round

Sept. 26, 2008


Led by a trio of players who all carded under-par rounds, the USC women's golf team (No. 1 Golfworld/No. 4 finished two strokes off the lead after the first round of the eighth annual Mason Rudolph Women's Championship on the South Course of the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., on Friday (Sept. 26).

USC combined for an even round of 288 for third place, two strokes back of first-place Oklahoma State and one behind UCLA. Arizona State is fourth (289) and Vanderbilt is fifth (291).

Junior Stefanie Endstrasser, sophomore Lizette Salas and freshman Jennifer Song all fired 1-under 71s to join a seven-way tie for sixth. They are four shots off the lead.

Junior Belen Mozo is tied for 40th after a 3-over 75 while senior Victoria Alimonda is tied for 46th after a 4-over 76. Senior Shelcie Takenouchi, playing as an individual, is in 89th at 14-over 86.

Salas and Song, the last Trojans to finish on Friday, were both sitting at 1-over with the 17th and 18th holes remaining. Salas, after a par on 17, eagled the par-5, 464-yard 18th hole. Meanwhile, Song birdied both of the final holes as the pair joined Endstrasser at 1-under.

Endstrasser had a far less dramatic day. She bogeyed the 9th hole and then birdied 10 and 12. It was pars the rest of the way for the steady junior.

Mozo birdied three times on the front 9, but a double-bogey on the par-3 5th hole kept her from really picking up momentum. She fell to 4-over by the 16th hole before birdying the 17th hole to end on a positive note.

Alimonda, in only her second tournament as a scoring member of the squad, turned in a solid round. She was 3-over on the front 9 and 2-over on the back 9 before birdying the 18th hole to finish at 76.

The event continues Saturday and Sunday. USC is attempting to extend a streak of finishing no lower than sixth in 15 consecutive tournaments.

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