USC, Corpuz Open 2021 Season With Wins At Lamkin San Diego Invitational
USC waited more than 11 months to return to NCAA action and did so in style, winning the Lamkin San Diego Invitational by 24 strokes while senior Allisen Corpuz claimed medalist honors by birdieing the final two holes on Tuesday (Feb. 9) at the Farms G.C. in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
The Trojans combined for a 16-over 880 (295-290-295), posting a wire-to-wire win with UCLA and TCU tying for second at 40-over 904. USC began the final round with a six-stroke lead over the Bruins but quickly pulled away en route to a comfortable win.
"This was a perfect golf course for us to start our spring season as it provided a championship level test," USC Head Coach Justin Silverstein said. (Assistant Coach) Katie (Mitchell) and I are so proud of this group for the way they played such a difficult course."
The win is the Trojans' third in a row dating back to last season and the second three-tournament win streak under third-year Head Coach Justin Silverstein, the first coming in the spring of 2019. It is the program's seventh win streak of three or more events.
All five Trojans finished inside the top 16, led by Corpuz's 2-under 214 (71-69-74), marking her first 54-hole win. She previously had finished first in the single round of the SDSU March Mayhem as a 2018 sophomore ahead of that event's match play format.
"It was a great way to open up the season," Corpuz said. "We all played solid on a tough course and I'm excited for the rest of spring.
Said Silverstein: "Allisen continues to manage her game so well at home and it showed this week. What a way to finish the tournament. She has put in incredibly hard and smart work with her putting and with that improvement, the sky is the limit for how good she can get."
Joining Corpuz in the top 10 was junior Katherine Muzi, in her first career start, who took seventh at 6-over 222 (74-75-73), freshman Brianna Navarrosa, who tied for eighth at 7-over 223 (76-75-73) and senior Alyaa Abdulghany, who tied for 10th at 9-over 225 (74-73-78). Senior Amelia Garvey rounded out a quintet inside the top 20 with a tie for 16th at 11-over 227 (79-73-75).
"This week I worked on staying extremely calm, positive, and patient after every single shot," Muzi said. "I tried to stay in the moment the best I could in the entire tournament. It was a great learning experience playing with some great teams this week, I'm so excited to be a part of the team win."
Said Silverstein: "Katherine had an awesome week and we are so proud of the progress she has made in her time at USC. Brianna's career got off to a great start and she is going to do some special things for our program. Alyaa and Amelia are consistently rock solid for us and provide a crucial foundation for our success."