The USC women’s golf team competed in the first day of the Nanea PAC-12 Preview—their final match for the fall season—on Nov. 4. At the close of the first round, No. 5 USC sits in 4th place with a score of -2 and a Round 1 total of 290 points. The Trojans made a great start with several stellar performances, including an eagle from sophomore Malia Nam.
Playing at Nanea G.C. in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, the Trojans look for their eighth win this season, hoping to finish higher than their current 5th place spot. USC faces formidable adversaries, including No.1 Stanford and No. 2 Arizona State, at this week’s tournament. Other schools present at the match include Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona and UCLA.
The starting lineup featured senior Allisen Corpuz, juniors Alyaa Abdulghany, Gabriela Ruffels and Amelia Garvey, and sophomore Malia Nam.
Currently, Amy Matsuoka from Oregon and Therese Warner from Arizona are tied for 1st [-5, 68], with Emma Spitz from UCLA in 3rd [-4, 69]. Behind them, sharing 4th with Elis Slama from Oregon State and Rino Sasaki from Washington, is USC’s Allisen Corpuz [-3, 70]. Tied for 7th are 6 players from Arizona, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon and UCLA.
Corpuz, who is two away from the lead, ended with 35 in both the front and back nine. Consistently performing throughout the day, she posted six birdies and three bogeys at its close.
Abdulghany is tied for 13th with five other players, who finished at -1 with a total of 72. Abdulghany parred all 18 holes except for the 5th, where she birdied and dropped her score by 1.
Currently in 24th with four other players are Malia Nam and Amelia Garvey. Garvey ended the front nine at -2 and the back nine at +3. She presented six birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey on the 15th hole. Similarly, Nam ended the front nine at +1 and the back nine even. She posted four birdies and five bogeys. Nam was one of four players to post an eagle by the end of Day 1. This exemplary score from the 18th hole went to negate the unfortunate triple bogey she shot on the 10th.
Holding 40th for USC is junior Gabriela Ruffels [+3, 76]. She ended her front nine at +1 and her back nine at +2. Ruffels bogeyed three times throughout the match, but played even otherwise.
USC will continue to play for the remaining two days of the PAC-12 Preview. Given current scores, it is likely that the Trojans will see a rise in standing in the next round.