Day 1 recap: USC claims early lead over rival UCLA

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VALENCIA, Calif. - On a crisp and clear sunny day, USC jumped out to an early lead after the first round of the 2013 Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships at the Valencia Country Club in Valencia, Calif. The Trojans finished with an eight-under 280 and hold a 10-stroke lead over UCLA. USC junior Sophia Popov is one of four Pac-12 golfers to finish under par on Monday, carding a six-under 66. Popov holds a four-shot lead over fellow teammate Annie Park, who finished second, carding a two-under 70. Arizona State’s Emilie Alonso and UCLA’s Erynne Lee both finished one-under 71. “After the practice run I thought it was actually a really tough course,” said Popov, who is originally from Weingarten, Germany. “This is very similar to German courses; it’s different from what we usually play in college.” Trojan head coach Andrea Gatson praised her team's ability to play well on a difficult course. “Both my assistant Justin and I felt like this course was very challenging,” Gatson said. “You never want to tell them all the things to look out for, you always want a positive game plan; coming into this we’ve played a couple of really challenging courses.” In addition to Popov and Park, USC’s two remaining countable scorers finished in the top-five. Doris Chen and Rachel Morris are among the five golfers tied for fifth place, who shot an even 72. UCLA resides in second with a two-over 290, while Washington takes third after posting a round of five-over 293. Arizona State sits in fourth place after a seven-over 295 and Stanford rounds out the top five as it carded a 10-over 298.

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Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships - Team Scores - Round 1 1. USC 280 (-8) 2. UCLA 290 (+2) 3. Washington 293 (+5) 4. Arizona State 295 (+7) 5. Stanford 298 (+10) 6. Arizona 301 (+13) 7. California 302 (+14) T8. Oregon 303 (+15) T8. Oregon State 303 (+15) T10. Washington State 311 (+23) T10. Colorado 311 (+23) Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships - Individuals (Top 10) - Round 1 1. Sophia Popov, USC 66 (-6) 2. Annie Park, USC 70 (-2) T3. Emilie Alonso, ASU 71 (-1) T3. Erynne Lee, UCLA 71 (-1) T5. Sally Watson, Stanford 72 (E) T5. Nicola Roessler, California 72 (E) T5. SooBin Kim, Washington 72 (E) T5. Doris Chen, USC 72 (E) T5. Rachel Morris, USC 72 (E) T10. Ying Luo, Washington 73 (+1) T10. Charlotte Thomas, Washington 73 (+1) T10. Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford 73 (+1) T10. Laura Blanco, Arizona State 73 (+1) T10. Lee Lopez, UCLA 73 (+1) T10. Kyung Kim, USC 73 (+1) T10. Louise Ridderstrom, UCLA 73 (+1) T10. Tiffany Lua, UCLA 73 (+1)

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