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USC Women's Golf Headed To Pac-12 Championships Final Round With 4-Stroke Lead

Apr 24, 2021
Brianna Navarrosa's second-round 69 was USC's best round by a freshman at Pac-12s since 2016.

Brianna Navarrosa pocketed USC's best freshman round at the conference  tournament in five years, helping the No. 5 Trojans remain in first place after the second round of the 2021 Pac-12 Championship on Saturday (April 24) at the Stanford G.C.

The Trojans, who won the 2019 Pac-12 Championships in wire-to-wire fashion, remain atop the conference leaderboard for the fifth straight round, now at 2-over 570 (283-287), but with three teams within six strokes.

Arizona State posted the low round of the day at 283 and is just four back of USC while host Stanford is five back and Arizona six behind. UCLA is still in it, too, 11 off the lead.

USC, after its eighth conference title and sixth in the past 14 years, saw its second-round lead seesaw between four and eight strokes throughout the second round.

All five Trojan starters are in the top 20 in the 53-woman field, led by senior Amelia Garvey, who is tied for fourth at 3-under 139 and just three off the lead. Junior Malia Nam, meanwhile, is a shot back in sixth at 2-under 140 (68-72).

Senior Alyaa Abdulghany is tied for 16th at 5-over 147 (73-74) while senior Allisen Corpuz (75-74) is square with Navarrosa (80-69), who rebounded in a huge way from her first round.

The freshman, who is coming off a second-place finish at the Fresno State Classic, played with a steady hand, posting 1-under efforts on both nines with three birdies overall.

Garvey is in the mix for a title chase despite a double bogey on 18. Corpuz and Abdulghany also bogeyed 18, USC's lead shrinking on the final hole.

But the Trojans are still the only team with all of its players in the top 20, including Nam, who posted two birdies and an eagle today, and Corpuz, who is capable of posting a huge final round.

USC will tee off with ASU in Sunday's final round beginning at 9:40 a.m. off of 1. UCLA and Oregon are first off at 8 a.m.