The USC women’s golf team had another successful weekend, finishing in a tie for third place with Arizona in the Stanford Intercollegiate, which took place from Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13. As a team, the Trojans shot 4-under-par over the three-day tournament.
After winning the event last year, USC surrendered their title to the Arizona State Sun Devils, who shot a dominant 10-under-par for the weekend. During a rollercoaster Sunday where USC went up and down the leaderboard, the Trojans were within one stroke of the lead midway.
However, Arizona State’s 5-under-par final round was too much for USC. Stanford was the only other school to beat the Trojans, as their 5-under-par score was good enough to earn second place.
After a 2-under start on Friday, USC shot 1-over in Saturday’s round, which dropped them from third place to fifth place heading into Sunday. However, Sunday’s round showcased the Trojans’ best performance of the weekend at 3-under-par.
While the Arizona Wildcats shot par to stay at 4-under par, it was the Oregon Ducks who allowed the Trojans to enter the top three. The Ducks held a commanding 3-stroke lead on the rest of the field at 8-under par, but shot 12-over par for their final round. Oregon dropped to a tie for fifth place with Florida at 4-over par in the final standings.
One of the world’s top amateur golfers, junior Jennifer Chang, was missing for the Trojans during the weekend. She is currently participating in Stage II at the LGPA’s Q School in Venice Florida. Even without her, the Trojans still had standout performances.
Two of USC’s four starters shot under par on the weekend, while sophomore Malia Nam shot even. Nam tied for 13th in the individual standings, despite leading the team with 13 birdies–six of which came on Sunday. Junior Alyaa Abdulghany shot a strong 69 on the par-71 course on Sunday, which moved her up to 2-under par for the weekend. She ended the tournament tied for eighth.
But the standout for the Trojans was senior Allisen Corpuz. Corpuz had the fourth-best individual score at 4-under par. Along with Abdulghany, Corpuz shot a 2-under par 69 in the final round.
Corpuz’s performance at the Stanford Intercollegiate was no anomaly. Her last seven rounds have been at even or under par, with Sunday’s 69 being her season-low. After finishing tied for third in the Windy City Collegiate Championship–a tournament earlier this month where the Trojans captured a second-place finish–Corpuz has now logged two straight top-five individual finishes.
The Trojans will have a bit of a break before they travel to Corpuz’s home state of Hawaii for the Pac-12 Preview in November. This individual event will give USC’s golfers a chance to outperform last season’s result when no Trojan finished in the top 20 of the event. The event will be at the Nanea Golf Club in Kailua-Kona on Monday, Nov. 4 to Wednesday, Nov. 6.