In Season Debut, USC Takes 36-Hole Lead At Lamkin San Diego
Senior Allisen Corpuz fired a 36-hole, 4-under 140 to lead a quintet of Trojans in the top 25 as USC took a six-hole lead after its 2021 two-round season debut at the Lamkin San Diego Invitational at the Farms G.C. on Monday (Feb. 8) in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
USC combined for a 9-over 585 (295-290), six strokes better than UCLA and nine ahead of host San Diego State. It is the Trojans first action since finishing the 2019-2020 season with back-to-back wins last February.
Three teams could not finish due to darkness and will conclude the second round at 7 a.m. PT with the third round to follow.
"It felt amazing to get back out there and compete as a team today," USC Head Coach Justin Silverstein said. "Most of our lineup hasn't played much tournament golf leading up to this event so (Assistant Coach) Katie (Mitchell) and I figured it would take some time for everyone to get into rhythm.
"But all five players did a great job of being patient throughout the day. Allisen had been playing amazing golf at home and her play today was spectacular. We look forward to the opportunity to compete tomorrow to try and close out this tournament."
Corpuz opened her season with a nine-birdie day spread over two rounds that saw her go a combined 5-under on the second nines en route to a share of first place. She is picking up where she left off after a 2019-20 campaign that saw nothing but top 25 finishes.
Fellow senior Alyaa Abdulghany is tied for 10th at 3-over 147 (74-73) during a steady two-round day that saw three birdies against six bogeys. The 2020 U.S. Am semifinalist is looking for her third straight top 10.
Junior Katherine Muzi, in her first career start for the Trojans, is tied for 15th at 5-over 149 (74-75). She was 1-over on both nines in her first round and even on the back in the second.
Freshman Brianna Navarrosa, in her debut in Cardinal and Gold, is tied for 20th at 7-over 151 (76-75) with two birdies in each round while senior Amelia Garvey is 25th at 8-over 152 (79-73), including a second round that saw three straight birdies between 7 and 9 and an eagle on 18.