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USC Women's Golf Third After Sun Devil Winter Classic Opener, Alexa Melton Ties Lead

Feb 15, 2021
Alexa Melton, in her Trojan debut, fired a 3-under 69 to earn a share of the first-round lead at the Sun Devil Winter Classic.


USC, led by senior Allisen Corpuz's 1-under 71, is just four shots off the lead after 18 holes of the Sun Devil Winter Classic, while sophomore transfer Alexa Melton tore up the field playing as an individual with a USC debut round of 3-under 69 on Monday (Feb. 15) at the Talking Stick G.C. Piipaash Course in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Trojans, riding a three-tournament win streak dating back to last season, battled early morning frigid temps in the low 40s to combine for a 1-over 289, four back of Oregon and three behind host Arizona State. UCLA is fourth at 6-over.
"It was extremely cold when we teed off and I think that took a little for us to adjust to," USC Head Coach Justin Silverstein said. "Making yardage adjustments is something we pride ourselves on and I was pleased to see the adjustments our team made throughout the round."
Melton stole the show for the Trojans in her first appearance playing in the Cardinal and Cold, with a five-birdie effort to earn a share of first place in the 10-team all-Pac-12 event.
"We didn't get to see much of Alexa's round today but she has looked much sharper over the last 10 days," Silverstein said. "Her ball striking is always a huge asset and her improved putting has her in position to put up a ton of great scores for us."
Corpuz, medalist in USC's season-opener last week, is tied for sixth after her 1-under effort, her third round under par in four outings this season. Her fifth birdie of the day, on 18, secured her round in red.
Senior Alyaa Abdulghany and freshman Brianna Navarrosa both carded par rounds to tie for 10th. Abdulghany eagled the par 5 fifth hole and birdied 16 while Navarrosa birdied 5 and 14.
Senior Amelia Garvey is tied for 25th at 2-over 74 while junior Katherine Muzi is tied for 28th at 3-over 75. Both players steadied themselves after rough patches on the course had each of them at 4-over.
"Katherine and Amelia did a great just battling throughout the day," Silverstein said "to keep themselves in the round and things like that are huge for our team score."
The tournament continues Tuesday and Wednesday.