Trojans Finish 4th At Pac-10 Championships
April 21, 2010
Sophomore Jennifer Song tied for third and freshman Cyna Rodriguez tied for 10th, leading No. 4 USC in a strong final round of the 2010 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships at the Eugene (Ore.) C.C. on Wednesday (April 21).
The Trojans finished fourth at 27-over 891 (284-318-289) and combined for the second-lowest third-round score. The low round Wednesday went to first-place Arizona, which finished at 14-over 878 (293-297-288). The Wildcats came from behind to overcome UCLA, which was second at 881, while host Oregon was third (889). After USC in fourth, Washington was fifth (906), Cal was sixth (909), Stanford was seventh (928), Washington State was eighth (965) and Oregon State was ninth (967).
Top-ranked Arizona State was disqualified from the event after two of its five players were unable to finish rounds on Tuesday. The same two players missed the final round. However, two of the remaining three healthy Sun Devils, Carlota Ciganda and Juliana Murcia, tied for first individually with Ciganda taking defeating Murcia on a one-hole playoff. Ciganda became the first two-time Pac-10 winner, both victories coming in a playoff.
Song's tie for third at 3-over 219 (70-76-73) came a year after she tied for first as a freshman. Her final round Wednesday featured bogeys on 1 and 14 and a birdie on 17.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, posted her best effort as a Trojan, going 4-under in her final round to finish tied for 10th at 5-over 221 (73-80-68). Coming on the heels of an 8-over, Rodriguez buried birdies on 7, 8, 12 and 16 without a bogey. Her previous low on the year was a 71 and her previous best finish was a tie for 15th.
The Trojans would have been fighting for the team crown if not for misfortune on Tuesday when senior Belen Mozo's second-round 75 - USC's low of the day -- was disqualified for a rules violation. Mozo bounced back Wednesday to turn in a 1-over 73.
Next up for the Trojans will be the 2010 NCAA Championships Regionals, May 6-8. The NCAA selections will be announced on Monday (April 26) and will be available on the NCAA Web site at www.ncaa.com.