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Muzi, Kou, Navarrosa Lead USC To Solid NCAA Second Round

May 21, 2022
Senior Katherine Muzi was one of three Trojans to card 1-over 73s on Saturday.

Senior Katherine Muzi bounced back from a 10-over opening round with a 1-over second, an effort matched by sophomore Brianna Navarrosa and freshman Xin (Cindy) Kou as the trio led No. 8 USC women's golf team to a solid second round in the NCAA Championships at Grayhawk G.C. on Saturday (May 21) in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Trojans combined for a 6-over 294 second round to finish the first 36 holes in Arizona at 16-over 592 (298-294) effort. They remain tied for eighth, now with Arizona State, for the second day in a row, now with a bit more separation outside the top 10.

Stanford is first at 5-over with Oregon second at 9-over as all five Pac-12 teams playing are inside the Top 10. San Jose State and Virginia are tied for 14th at 27-over.

The top 15 teams after three rounds will advance to Monday's final round, where the top eight teams after 72 holes will move to the NCAA Championships match play bracket.

Navarrosa remains USC's low player at 1-over 145 (72-73) and is now tied for 11th. She was 2-over through five holes and played the final 13 at 1-under.

The better part of the field is ahead of Muzi, but she got untracked Saturday and now stands at 11-over 155 (82-73) with a solid second round that saw two birdies and three bogeys.

"I was more consistent on my tee shots today and I put myself in good spots around the green," USC's lone senior said. "I also got some good up and downs. There were a lot of positives for the next few days."

Kou, with two top 4s early in the spring semester and two top 5s in the fall, is steadily returning to form. She is now 5-over 149 (76-73), tied for 41st, after a round that saw 17 pars and one bogey.

"I'm pretty happy about the way I played today as I stayed committed to my routine and target," the freshman said. "Not many putts dropped today but I will just keep focusing on the process. I think our team is in a pretty good position heading into the last two rounds of stroke play and there is a lot of golf left to be played."

Freshman Amari Avery (74-77) and sophomore Michaela Morard (76-75) are tied for 56th at 7-over 151. Morard went out at 2-over and came back at 1-over while Avery shook off a rare opening nine with an even second nine.

USC will tee off in the third round at 7:25 a.m. PT off the first tee with Arizona State and Florida State.