NCAA women's golf: USC, Stanford, Arizona and Washington advance to team match play
Mother Nature, in her unpredictable manner, is the only thing slowing down the USC women’s quest for a national championship in Bradenton, Florida – and, at this point, she doesn’t seem to be working either.
USC, at 40-over for the tournament, sees itself entering the eight-team match play final on a roll. The Trojans finished the fourth day of stroke play with a five-shot lead over Duke Monday. After the third round was delayed and had to be finished up on Monday morning, USC was four down, but never panicked, and it finished with a final round 294.
As confident as the Trojans feel, however, Stanford may have the most momentum after a final round 287 vaulted it up the leaderboard into fourth place. The Cardinal was the only team to finish under par on Monday (2-under). Only a day two slip-up, when they shot 323 as a team (highest round of the day) has kept them from the overall lead.
Arizona (53-over) and Washington (62-over) came in at fifth and eigth, respectively, giving the Pac-12 four of the final eight.
Depth was key for the Trojans, who saw four players finish at 15-over or better, led by Gabriella Then (295). Stanford, meanwhile, used excellent performances from Maria Stackhouse (291) and Lauren Kim (292) to make it in.
Arizona was led by Lindsey Weaver's 299, and Washington by Charlotte Thomas, who shot a 296.
Duke slipped into second place overall with a final round 303, and Baylor comes in third after a 288. USC will face off against Washignton on Tuesday morning, and Stanford will face Arizona.