Allisen Corpuz Takes Lead, USC Women's Golf Second After Two-Round Opener In Arizona
Senior Allisen Corpuz continued her torrid pace to take the 36-hole lead on the first day of the Arizona Wildcat Invitational at the Sewailo G.C., while senior Alyaa Abdulghany also finishing the day under par, leading No. 3 USC into second overall on Monday (March 8) in Tucson, Ariz.
The Trojans, who entered the tournament with three straight wins to start the season and five overall dating to last season, finished second in the two-round opener at 6-under 570 (279-291). They'll need to make up some ground on first-place Texas, which leads by eight strokes at 14-under 562 (275-287).
Oklahoma State is third (-3) with Oregon fourth (+3).
"That was a very long and difficult day on a pretty dicey track," USC Head Coach Justin Silverstein said. "Allisen's play today was spectacular and it's been fun to watch. It got crazy windy in the second round and that's something we aren't used to seeing.
"Alyaa did an excellent job managing her game and posting a great score. We hung in there pretty well and gave ourselves a chance headed into tomorrow's final round."
Corpuz leads the field at 7-under 137 (68-69) with four golfers within three strokes of her. She posted five birdies between 2 and 9 during the first round en route to her 4-under opener and mixed four birdies with an eagle to get to 3-under in the second.
She has extended her streak of consecutive rounds under par to eight in a row and now has 10 rounds of par or better in 11 outings this season. She also has a team-best and career-best five rounds in the 60s this season and now has 15 for her USC career, tied for fourth most in program history.
Abdulghany is tied for sixth at 1-under 143 (73-70) after a steady two rounds today. She had two birdies in the opening 18, a later bogey preventing a par round. She opened her second round with a 2-under start, fell back to even but finished with birdies on 8 and 10 for her 70.
She now has seven rounds of par or better and five under par as she shoots for her fifth straight top 10 finish.
Senior Amelia Garvey is tied for 10th at par 144 (69-75), her first round featuring six birdies and her second an eagle on 8. Freshman Brianna Navarrosa is tied for 20th at 2-over 146 (69-77), only a late misstep in the second round costing her a spot in the top 10.
Junior Malia Nam rounded out USC's efforts in 76th.