USC Women's Golf Races To Pac-12 Championships Lead After First Round
Senior Amelia Garvey fired a season-best 4-under 67 while junior Malia Nam pocketed a 3-under 68, the duo kicking off No. 5 USC's conference title defense in a big way, leading the Trojans to the top of the leaderboard after Friday's Pac-12 Championship first round at the Stanford G.C.
The Trojans, who won the 2019 Pac-12 Championships in wire-to-wire fashion, combined for a 1-under 283 to take the Pac-12 lead for the fourth round in a row, six strokes better than second-place Stanford and eight ahead of a three-way tie for third.
USC is seeking its eighth conference title and sixth in the past 14 years.
It was just Garvey's second Pac-12 Championship appearance and first since her freshman season, the New Zealander's 67 good for a tie for the lead matching her best collegiate round, set as a 2019 sophomore.
"Today was a really solid start," Garvey said. "I hit the ball very well and kept giving myself opportunities all day. It was awesome to see Malia have another great round backing up her last round in Napa which helped the team be in a really good position going into tomorrow."
Garvey played with a steady hand that saw her open with birdies on 10 and 12 before turning at 2-under and then going 2-under on her second nine. Garvey is tied with ASU's Amanda Linner with three others a shot back.
That trio includes Nam. Coming off a season-best 67 in her final regular-season round, she posted her second straight sub-70 effort today and is one back of Garvey. Nam closed her round with birdies on two of her final three holes.
Senior Alyaa Abdulghany is tied for 16th at 2-over 73, shaking off a 3-over start through four holes to finish the final 14 holes at 1-under.
Senior Allisen Corpuz, ranked No. 1 in the country, is tied for 25th at 4-over 75. She had two birdies on a rare off day by her 2021 standards.
Freshman Brianna Navarrosa is tied for 43rd at 9-over 80.
USC will tee off with Stanford on Saturday beginning at 10:10 a.m. off of 1.