Amelia Garvey, Alyaa Abdulghany Post Season Bests; USC Leads Sun Devil Classic
Seniors Amelia Garvey and Alyaa Abdulghany each fired season-best 2-under 70s while senior Allisen Corpuz repeated her 1-under 71 as USC moved from third to first after the second round Tuesday (Feb. 16) at the Talking Stick G.C. Piipaash Course in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Trojans, seeking their second win in a row to start the season, posted a 2-under second round and were the only team under par, taking over first at 1-under 575 (289-286), one shot ahead of host Arizona State. UCLA and Oregon are tied for third at 11-over.
Abdulghany (72-70) posted four birdies today while Corpuz (71-71) had three and they are tied for fourth at 2-under 142, two off the lead. Corpuz is in the hunt for her second straight medalist honor, Abdulghany her first this year.
"Our three All-Americans were huge for us today," USC Head Coach Justin Silverstein said. "They really stepped up and put up some good rounds on a pretty difficult golf course. We're in a good position to come out of here with a win if we take care of business tomorrow, but we will need our best to hold off a very, very talented Arizona State team and some others in contention."
Abdulghany and Corpuz are one shot back of sophomore teammate Alexa Melton, who posted a par round today as an individual entry to finish at 3-under 141 (69-72). She was 3-over thru 10 but closed at 3-under to square her day.
"Alexa didn't get off to the best start this morning, but showed great poise in her last eight holes today," Silverstein said. "Being able to close a round like that is something we look for in our players and we were super pleased to see her close that round and post a good score."
Garvey is tied for eighth at par 144 (74-70) after a four-birdie day, including one on 16 to get back to 2-under.
Freshman Brianna Navarrosa is tied for 23rd at 5-over 149 (72-77) and junior Katherine Muzi is tied for 27th at 6-over 150 (75-75). Muzi eagled the par 5 fifth hole after converting on a 25-foot putt.
USC will tee off with Arizona State and Oregon beginning at 9:42 a.m. MT on Wednesday.