NCAA women's golf championships: Pac-12 owns the leaderboard on Day 2
The Pac-12 champs recorded a team score of 280 on Saturday, which was the fourth lowest round in the history of the NCAA Championships. USC's 8-under performance vaulted them into 1st place. Karen Chung carded a team-best 3-under round, including a stretch where she birdied three out of four holes. Robynn Ree and Kyung Kim each knocked in six birdies on route to a pair of 70s. Tiffany Chan (1-under) was the fourth Trojan to shoot under par on the day. USC has a five stroke leading heading into Sunday.
Here's how USC's first place scorecard finished today. pic.twitter.com/xNUkoRRxWW
— USC Womens Golf (@USCWomensGolf) May 21, 2016
The Huskies leapt into 2nd place with a 2nd round score of 285. Ying Luo scored four birdies on the back nine, resulting in one of the best rounds of the day (4-under). Charlotte Thomas (1-under) and Julianne Alvarez (even) both shot under par on the day, and Wenyung Keh chipped in with a 74.
UCLA's team score of 291 in Round 2 was good enough for 3rd place. Bronte Law and Lilia Vu led the Bruins with a pair of 72s. Louise Ridderstrom and Bethany Wu had solid performances scoring 1-over and 2-over, respectively. UCLA will head into Sunday trailing 2nd place Washington by only two strokes.
Stanford continued the Pac-12's dominant 2nd round by shooting 5-under on the day, placing them in 4th. Mariah Stackhouse carded a team-best 69 on Saturday, including five birdies. Casey Danielson shot 2-under on the day, placing her in a tie for 8th place on the individual board with USC's Kim. Lauren Kim matched Stackhouse's five birdies, but three bogeys on the front nine and a double-bogey on 12 resulted in a solid 72 for the senior. Shannon Aubert also carded an even round for the Cardinal.
Caroline Inglis torched the Eugene Country Club for a course record of 65, shooting the Ducks ten places up the leaderboard into a tie for 5th with Oklahoma State. Inglis recorded eight birdies in a career-best round, moving her into a tie for 4th on the individual board. Cathleen Santoso improved on her Friday score of 72 by shooting 2-under in day two, placing the junior in a tie for 10th on the individual board. Marcella Pranovia carded a 73, and Petra Salko shot a 74, giving Oregon a 2nd round score of 282 (2nd best score of the day).
Inglis after her round: "I was just trying to go shot by shot and stay present. And the birdies just kept coming." https://t.co/Y20Lv9HKyN
— Rob Moseley (@GoDucksMoseley) May 22, 2016
The Wildcats posted a team score of 289 on the day, placing all six Pac-12 schools in the top seven spots of the NCAA Championships. Haley Moore finished day two in style, making birdies on 17 and 18 and resulting in a team-best round of 2-under. The Arizona squad had a solid all-around performance. Gigi Stoll carded a 71, and Krystall Quihuis, Lindsey Weaver and Jessica Vlasilic all shot 2-over on the day.