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USC Women's Golf Off To Fast Start At NCAA Stanford Regional

May 9, 2022
Brianna Navarrosa (70) joined Amari Avery (69) and Michaela Morard (70) in under par rounds today.

Freshman Amari Avery fired her team-best eighth-round in the 60s - a 2-under 69 - while sophomores Brianna Navarrosa and Michaela Morard carded 70s to lead the No. 8 USC women's golf team to within a shot of first after 18 holes of the NCAA Stanford (Calif.) Regional at the Stanford G.C. on Monday (May 9).

USC combined for a 4-under 280 — its fourth-best round of the year in relation to par — and sits one stroke back of first-place LSU while host Stanford is third at 1-under with Purdue fourth at 3-over.

Only the top four teams from each of the six 12-team NCAA Regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships final set for the Grayhawk G.C. in Scottsdale, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State, May 20-25. This is the first year of this format.

The Trojans got off to a strong start in their bid to return to the NCAA Finals for the 24th season in a row thanks to contributions from all five starters.

Avery's 69 — which ties her for third on USC's all-time season chart for rounds in the 60s — is good for a tie for third and two back of first. Bogeys on 7 and 9 left her at 1-over at the turn but she evened her round with a birdie on 10 and got to 2-under with two more on 12 and 15.

Navarrosa and Morard are tied for eighth at 1-under. Navarrosa's round matched a season-best score thanks to a three-birdie, two-bogey effort, her seventh round under par this season. Morard got off to a 3-under start but saw it leveled after a triple on 6. She responded, however, with a 1-under back 9 for her eighth round of par or better.

Freshman Xin (Cindy) Kou posted her 14th round of par or better with an even 71 — her first par round since March 15 — and is tied for 12th. She birdied 12 and only bogeyed 18.

Senior Katherine Muzi got off to a slow 4-over start at the turn, but steadied her play and closed with a 2-under back 9 and is tied for 22nd at 2-over..

The regional continues Tuesday and Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m. PT both days.