The USC Women's golf team had a slow start to their three-day tournament. They faced four PAC-12 schools accompanied by Alabama, Duke, and Florida, among many other big name schools.
The first day of the tournament, the Women of Troy team fell behind, placing eighth overall. First place was claimed by Alabama, 17 strokes ahead of USC.
USC was lead by Kyung Kim and Robynn Ree the first day, both shooting 72 and putting themselves just four strokes behind the leader—Lexi Harkins of North Carolina. It was no surprise seeing Kim and Ree as the frontrunners, as both of them were coming off exceptional 2015 seasons. The last tournament the pair played in 2015 was the Stanford Intercollegiate, where Ree placed eighth and Kim took 11th.
Going into the second day, the Women of Troy were looking to make up for their disappointing first day, and did just that. Ree led the team once again, shooting two under for a 69 on Monday. After that round, Ree moved up to second overall in the tournament, just two strokes behind the new leader, Lakareber Abe of Alabama.
Tuesday, USC was looking to keep up their momentum and place on the podium. The team got close by securing fourth overall, behind Washington (first), Alabama (second) and Florida (third).
The freshman Ree lost her lead by shooting a 78 after a few tough holes. Leading the Women of Troy to fourth was Gabriella Then, who had an almost identical scoring sequence as Ree, only backwards. Then finished the first day with a 77—the highest score on the team. Then then recovered on the second day, shooting a 72, and finishing out the third day with back-to-back birdies for a total of 69.
Junior Karen Chung and senior Kyung Kim tied for 25th place overall, both finishing with a total of 222. Junior Tiffany Chan tied for 36th with 227 and Junior Elizabeth Doty tied for 65th at 236.
The Trojans are searching for a win at their next tournament, the Long Beach State Gold Rush, Feb. 22 and 23.