Mozo 65 Keeps Trojans In Hunt At UCF Challenge

March 9, 2009

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Junior Belen Mozo tied a course record and came within one stroke of tying a school record while sophomore Lizette Salas was under par for the second straight day to lead the No. 3 USC women's golf team in the second round of the 2009 UCF Challenge at the RedTail G.C. in Sorrento, Calif., on Monday (March 9).

The defending NCAA champion Trojans, who have finished no lower than sixth in 19 consecutive tournaments, moved into fourth at 1-over 577 (291-286) after combining for the second lowest round of the day. Arizona State took over the lead at 8-under 568 (284-284), moving ahead of now-second-place UCLA (7-under 569-282-287). Oklahoma State is third at 1-under 575 (286-289), two strokes ahead of USC. Auburn is in fifth at 8-over 585 (290-294).

In her best effort as a Trojan, Mozo fired a 7-under 65 that vaulted her from a tie for 40th at the start of the day into a tie for third at the finish. She is now 5-under overall and three back of leader Jessica Yadloczky of Florida.

Mozo opened play with birdies on the first three holes and, after another on eight, made the turn at 4-under. Remaining hot, she knocked in birdies on 10, 12, 15 and 17 before a bogie on 18 proved she was human.

Only three Trojans have carded rounds as good or better. Irene Cho owns the school record with a 64 at the 2006 Guadalajara Invitational while Candie Kung (2000 NCAA West Regional) and Becky Lucidi (2002 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational) have the other 65s.

Salas is also battling for the lead, tied for eighth at 3-under 141 (71-70). The sophomore, who has finished in the top 10 in all five previous starts this season, had five birdies on the day and was 1-under on both the front and back 9.

Freshman Jennifer Song is tied for 29th at 2-over 146 (73-73). She was 3-over after six holes, but gathered herself and was 2-under the rest of the round.

Freshman Inah Park is tied for 59th at 7-over 151 while junior Caroline Kim is tied for 70th at 9-over 154 (74-79). Senior Victoria Alimonda, playing as an individual, is tied for 80th at 12-over 156 (83-73). She turned in a 1-under front 9.

Play concludes Tuesday with tee times between 8:30-10:30 a.m. ET.

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