No. 3 USC Moves To Second At NCAA West Regional

May 8, 2009

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Freshman Jennifer Song fired a 67 while junior Belen Mozo and sophomore Lizette Salas also carded below par rounds as the No.3 USC women's golf team tied for the low round of the day and solidified its spot near the top of the standings on the second day of the 2009 NCAA Championships West Regional at the Karsten G.C. in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday (May 8).

USC, in the process of defending its 2008 NCAA title, moved from a tie for fifth to second place with a 5-under 283 and is now in second at 4-under 572 (289-283). Troy trails Arizona State, which is playing on its home course to the tune of 20-under 556 (273-283). UC Irvine is the only other team under par at 3-under 573 (289-284).

The top eight teams in each of the 21-team NCAA East, Central and West Regionals (plus two individuals from each field) will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 19-22 at the Caves Valley G.C. in Owings Mills, Md.

Song's 67 is her sixth round in the 60s on the year, tying her for team-high honors with Salas. The freshman's efforts on Friday included a 4-under front 9 (that started on the 10th tee) and 1-under on the back 9. She is now in fifth at 5-under 139 (72-67).

Mozo meanwhile is tied for second at 8-under 136 (66-70) after a 2-under second round in which she was 1-under on the front and back 9. She is one shot out of first. Her best finish so far this year is third.

Salas moved from a tie for 34th to a tie for 13th and is now even at 144 (73-71). Looking to keep her season streak of top 10 finishes alive, she used a 2-under front 9 to propel her to a solid round.

Sophomore Caroline Kim tightened up her game a bit, turning in a 3-over 75 second round. She is now tied for 72nd at 10-over 154. Freshman Inah Park is tied for 80th at 11-over 155 (78-77).

Action concludes Saturday

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