No. 7 USC Captures Fourth Win Of Season At Silverado Showdown
Junior Malia Nam blasted a 5-under 67 for her best round in over two years while senior Allisen Corpuz fired a 4-under 68 to lead a come-from-behind five-stroke victory as USC captured the Silverado Showdown on Wednesday (April 7) for the team's fourth win of the season at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif.
The Trojans started the day three back of UCLA but combined for a 7-under 281 — their second-best round of the season — to erase the deficit and secure the win at 2-under 862 (291-290-281) in the regular season team finale, five better than the Bruins.
Corpuz came close to erasing a six-stroke deficit and finished second by one shot at 7-under 209 (70-71-68), marking her sixth straight top 4 finish to start the season. It is USC's best streak to start a season since two-time All-American first teamer Candie Kung did it seven times to open the 2000-01 campaign.
Corpuz led five Trojan starters who finished in the top 20, the second time USC has managed the feat this season.
"That was a really impressive round on an incredibly difficult PGA Tour golf course," Silverstein said. "We got great effort from everyone in our lineup and that is what it's going to take to succeed in the postseason. Malia gave us a huge round today and we needed every bit of it. Allisen continued her insanely good play and she should be considered one of the favorites for National Player of the Year."
Corpuz went out at 1-under and was still there through 15 before closing with three straight birdies. She lowered her season stroke average to 70.55, almost a stroke under USC's season record.
Her 68 was her sixth round in the 60s this year, adding to her career-best season total, and she now has 16 for her career, fourth most in program history.
Nam tied her second-best round as a Trojan (coming in her third event at USC in the fall of 2018) with a near flawless final round. She opened with a birdie on 4 and was 3-under after six holes. She posted her only bogey on 12 and finished with three birdies over her final four holes, ultimately tying for 13th at 4-over 220 (76-77-67).
"I've been hitting the ball well leading up to the tournament but just couldn't convert a lot of putts," Nam said. "Today i just stayed patient and trusted my putting a little more. It all fell into place. I'm so happy that my score helped get our win."
Seniors Amelia Garvey (73-72-73) and Alyaa Abdulghany (72-73-73) continued their strong play and tied for eighth at 2-over 218. For Abdulghany it was her fourth top 10 this year and fifth in the top 13 while Garvey secured her third top 10 of the year and fourth top 16.
Sophomore Alexa Melton showed her mettle today, settling down after an opening-hole triple bogey to finish at just 1-over and tying for 20th overall at 7-over 223 (76-74-73).
Junior Katherine Muzi, playing individually, tied for 47th at 15-over 231 (75-80-76).
USC will send individuals to the Fresno State Classic on Monday and Tuesday ahead of the Pac-12 Championships at Stanford on April 23-25.