Golf

No. 4 USC women’s golf cruise to a win at The Gold Rush

Senior Allisen Corpuz wins medalist honors for the second time this season.

The Women of Troy won their third event of the season, The Gold Rush, continuing their undefeated season at Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, Calif. on Tuesday.

The Trojans finished the event at even par 864 (290, 290, 284). USC went into the final round 17 strokes ahead of UNLV, building upon their already comfortable lead. UNLV and Cal Poly finished tied for second at 34-over each.

The Trojans finished 1-2-3 with individual efforts by senior Allisen Corpuz, senior Alyaa Abdulghany and junior Malia Nam. Corpuz’s 10-under 206 (69, 71, 66) performance marks her second individual win of the season while her 6-under final round marks a career best as a Trojan. Abdulghany claimed second at 6-under 210 (71, 71, 68) and Nam claimed third in her season debut at even par 216 (71, 74, 71),  All three Trojans finished under par in the final round.

USC was down three players and an assistant coach due to COVID-19 protocols. “Team wins are what we are after,” Corpuz said of the win. “We’ve won with different line ups each event of this season which really shows the depth of our team.”

Junior Katherine Muzi finished tied for 28th at 16-over (79, 74, 79). In her debut for the Trojans, freshman Christine Wang finished 45th at 24-over (84, 75, 81).

The tournament boasted a different format due to COVID-19 regulations. USC teammates played with each other instead of opposing teams. “I got to play with Alyaa [Abdulghany], it was nice to be comfortable,” Corpuz said. “We both played well and got to feed off of each other’s energy.”

With this win, the Trojans claim the program’s second longest win streak, having now won five straight team events dating back to March 2020.

USC looks to continue the win streak March 8 at the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by the University of Arizona at Sewailo Golf Course in Tucson, Ariz.