Trojans At Turtle Bay

Oct. 28, 2009

The No. 6 USC women's golf team, led by sophomore Jennifer Song, the nation's No. 1-ranked golfer, travels to Kahuku, Hawaii, for its final event of the fall season at the 2009 Turtle Bay Collegiate Invitational, Monday through Wednesday (Nov. 2-4).

The Women of Troy, under 14th-year coach Andrea Gaston, will take seniors Belen Mozo, Stefanie Endstrasser and Caroline Kim, junior Lizette Salas, sophomore Inah Park and freshman Cyna Rodriguez.

Song, who has won individual titles in each of USC's first two events, will miss her second consecutive event after receiving an LPGA Tour playing exemption into the Hana Bank - KOLON Championship in Incheon, South Korea. The event kicks off Friday (Oct. 30) and runs through Sunday (Nov. 1).

Action on the 6,361-yard, par 72 course will begin at 7:30 a.m. each day (HT). The field including host Hawaii, BYU, California, Gonzaga, Long Beach State, New Mexico State, Oregon State, Oral Roberts, San Diego State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Oregon, Toledo, Tulsa, UC Davis, UCLA, USC and Washington.

USC returns four All-Americans overall in Mozo, Endstrasser, Salas and Song. Mozo, Salas and Song were ranked among Golfweek's preseason top 10 individual players with Song at No. 1, Salas at No. 5 and Mozo at No. 9.

Including the 2003 and 2008 NCAA titles, USC has finished in the NCAA Championships' top 4 in five of the past seven years. In fact, the Trojans, who finished third in 2009, have reached the NCAA Championships 12 times in a row under Gaston and have been in the top 7 nine times.

2009-2010 EVENT RECAPS

At the rain-shortened Mason Rudolph earlier this year, USC, which began the final round tied for first with Auburn at 10-under, didn't card the lowest round of the day, but its 6-under 282 was good enough to take the two-round title at 16-under 560 (278-282). The win was USC's first since winning the 2008 national championship. Jennifer Song won the individual title, her first solo title as a collegiate player (she tied for first at the Pac-10 Championships). Song fired a pair of 6-under 66s to win the event at 12-under 132 (66-66), three strokes better than Vanderbilt's Alex Marina and Auburn's Cydney Clanton (who were tied at 135).

USC finished fifth, but sophomore Jennifer Song fired her fourth sub-70 round in five tries (through two events) and her final-round 67 was good enough to finish at 8-under 205 (67-71-67) to secure a three-stroke victory. She was 1-under through the front nine and remained 1-under through 14 holes. Song then birdied 15, 16 and 18 to go to 8-under. Her 205 was the third-lowest round in program history. Senior Belen Mozo, playing in her first event of the year following off-season shoulder surgery, tied for 33rd at 7-over 220 (75-70-75).

Junior Lizette Salas tied for 12th to lead USC at the 2009 UNCW Fall Preview at the Country Club of Landfall's Pete Dye Course in Wilmington, N.C. Playing the event without the nation's No. 1 player, Jennifer Song, Troy finished 16th at 52-over 319 (288-309-319). Duke took first at 17-over 881. The Trojans were handcuffed because senior Belen Mozo had to withdraw from the final round, leaving Troy without a score to drop.Salas finished at 4-over 220 while sophomore Inah Park tied for 50th at 13-over 229 (72-76-81).

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