2019 Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships

Event: April 15-17 | Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Golf Club

USC leads after second round of Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships, Stanford’s Valenzuela remains atop leaderboard at 7-under

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PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CALIF. – The USC Trojans posted a team score of 2-over (283) in the second round to remain in first place at 1-over (283-286—569), seven shots ahead of second-place STANFORD after the second day of competition at the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships at Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Stanford (+8) holds a six-stroke edge over third-place ARIZONA (+14).

•  Stanford’s Albane Valenzuela remains atop the leaderboard at 7-under (135) after posting a 1-under second round. Valenzuela picked up where she left off. After closing the first round with three straight birdies, she opened the second round with a birdie on No. 1. She added another birdie on No. 11 to get to 8-under, but gave up that stroke when she carded her first bogey of the Championship at No. 13.

•  ARIZONA STATE’s Olivia Mehaffey also posted a 1-under second round, thanks to back-to-back birdies at No. 14 and No. 15, to position herself alone in second at 3-under (139).

•  USC’s Allisen Corpuz, who had the low round of the day with a 2-under 69, leads a trio of Trojans who are among five players tied for third at even par (142). Tied with Corpuz are USC’s Jennifer Chang and Gabriela Ruffels, along with OREGON STATE’s Ellie Slama and ARIZONA’s Ya Chun Chang.

•  USC coach Justin Silverstein on today’s performance by the Trojans, “We drove it really well today. Iron play was okay, kind of got off in spots, but still picking good targets and missing it in the right spots. Our speed on the greens has been great. It doesn’t look like we have great speed, but I think compared to the field we’ve had better speed and the data we keep kind of showed us that for yesterday and duplicated today. If we can do that again tomorrow, we can put ourselves in good position at the end of the round.

 

 

    On the conditions/wind: “We are morning practicing team, so we don’t see that 15-20 (mph winds) that it got to down between holes 12 and 15. But it got really nasty and lots of greens were missed with short clubs. So, frustration runs high when that happens for good players. Had to fight through it, and there were a couple of great up and downs by Jen (Chang) and Gabby (Ruffels), and Alyaa (Abdulghany) battled hard. Allisen (Corpuz) was so steady, her back nine was super impressive.”

    On 2-under round by Allisen Corpuz: “She made a couple of key putts. She actually went to a new putter three days ago. It’s really been pretty good so far, she’s still getting used to it, but we wanted to make the switch now before we get to NCAA regionals and nationals. She is such a good iron player. She is the best iron player we have and I’ll put her up against anybody in the country. When it gets nasty like that, and the winds blowing 20-25 (mph), solid struck iron shots that she can flight down, she‘s got a really big advantage on the field.”

•  Stanford’s Valenzuela maintaining her lead: “I was very patient. Any round under par here is really good. I had a lot of birdie opportunities today, but kind of disappointed I missed those. But, at the same time, that means my ball-striking was really good today.”

    On four-stroke lead heading into final round: “Stay very patient, anything can happen in golf. I’ve lost tournaments being way ahead, and have won some coming from behind. Anything can happen. It’s a very strong Conference, with a lot of strong players who can pull out very low rounds tomorrow. I am just going to play my game and we’ll see what the outcome is, but not going to force anything and stay in the moment.”

•  The final round will begin Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. PT. Pac-12 Networks will provide live coverage of the final round starting at 2 p.m. PT.

First Round Team Results (Par 71, 6,131 yards)
Conditions: Sunny, breezy, 63 degrees
1. USC........................................ 283-286 – 569 (+1)
2. Stanford.................................. 289-287 – 576 (+8)
3. Arizona................................... 290-292 – 582 (+14)
T4. Arizona State.......................... 293-293 – 586 (+18)
T4. UCLA...................................... 293-293 – 586 (+18)
6. Washington............................. 302-292 – 594 (+26)
7. Washington State.................... 298-297 – 595 (+27)
8. Oregon................................... 292-307 – 599 (+31)
9. California................................ 311-298 – 609 (+41)
11. Oregon State.......................... 314-302 – 616 (+48)
10. Colorado................................. 309-311 – 620 (+52)

First Round Individual Leaders (Par 71, 6,131 yards)
1. Albane Valenzuela, STAN....... 65-70 – 135 (-7)
2. Olivia Mehaffey, ASU.............. 69-70 – 139 (-3)
T3. Jennifer Chang, USC.............. 71-71 – 142 (E)
T3. Ellie Slama, OSU..................... 72-70 – 142 (E)
T3. Gabriela Ruffels, USC............. 70-72 – 142 (E)
T3. Ya Chun Chang, ARIZ............. 72-70 – 142 (E)
T3. Allisen Corpuz, USC................ 73-69 – 142 (E)
8. Amy Chu, WSU....................... 69-74 – 143 (+1)
T9. Bethany Wu, UCLA................. 71-73 – 144 (+2)
T9. Alyaa Abdulghany, USC.......... 70-74 – 144 (+2)

     

 

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