Troy One Stroke Back After Pac-10 Championships Day 1

April 19, 2010

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Junior Lizette Salas fired a 3-under 69 and sophomore Jennifer Song carded a 2-under 70 to lead No 4 USC to within a stroke of first place after the first round of the 2010 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships at the Eugene (Ore.) C.C.

The Trojans, seeking their second conference crown in the last three years and their fourth in program history, combined for a 4-under 284, one back of top-ranked Arizona State (283). No. 17 California is third (287) and is followed by No. 2 UCLA (289), host Oregon (292), No. 8 Arizona (293), Washington (296), No. 13 Stanford (301) and Washington State (317) and Oregon State (317).

USC spent most of the day jockeying for the lead thanks in large part to Salas' and Song's solid opening rounds.

Salas is third overall at 3-under, two strokes back of first-round leader Joanne Lee (67) of California. She opened strong, going to 3-under through eight holes before bogeys on 9 and 12 dropped her to 1-under. But Salas, who has a fourth and a tie for sixth in her two previous Pac-10s, finished strong with birdies on 16 and 18.

Song, who lost in a playoff at last year's championship, is tied four fourth at 2-under. Early birdies on 4 and 6 were offset by bogeys on 11 and 12. But Song came back with birdies on 16 and 17 as she helped Troy finish 4-under as a team on its final three holes of the day.

Senior Belen Mozo joined Salas and Song in the top 10, tied for ninth at even 72. Like Salas and Song, she was 2-under early but bogeys on 9, 10 and 11 stopped her momentum. She came back, however, to finish 1-under over the last 7 holes.

Freshman Cyna Rodriguez also turned in a solid effort and is tied for 15th at 1-over 73. She had two birdies and three bogeys on the day. Senior Caroline Kim is tied for 31st at 4-over 76. She was even through 11 holes before falling back to 4-over.

The second round will begin at 8:30 a.m. PDT. USC will tee off with Arizona State beginning at 9:50 a.m.

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