USC golf sees less-than-stellar week

Despite strong starts from both teams, neither the men nor the women were able to bring home a win.

USC saw mediocre performances from its golf teams this week, with the women coming in third at the Wildcat Invitational and the men coming in eighth at the Lamkin San Diego Classic.

No. 11 USC women’s golf had their season-long three-tournament win streak snapped as they came in third out of 16 teams at the Sewailo Golf Course in Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday. The team combined for 2-under 862 (279-291-292).

Coming off five straight wins dating back to the 2020 season, things were looking good in the first two rounds for the Women of Troy. Senior Allisen Corpuz led the tournament at 7-under 137 (68-69). The team finished the two-round opener in second place, trailing Texas by eight strokes. No. 8 Oklahoma State was not far behind USC, falling short by just three strokes.

After the final round, USC lost the second place spot to Oklahoma State, who finished 3-under 861 (287-286-288). Texas saw a decisive win at 28-under 836 (275-287-274). Corpuz also fell to fourth overall, scoring 1-over par on her last round. This was in part due to a triple bogey late on the 14th hole.

Senior Amelia Garvey tied for 10th overall at 2-under 214 (69-75-70). She had a consistent final round with five birdies. Senior Alyaa Abdulghany, who was tied for sixth after two rounds, tied for 13th at par 216 (73-70-73). Freshman Brianna Navarrosa shot a 6-over 222 (69-77-76) and junior Malia Nam finished at 28-over 244 (80-84-80).

The women’s team is using its third-place result as motivation to prepare harder for the upcoming Liz Murphey Collegiate.

“Today’s been a good wake up call.” Garvey noted after the tournament. “It was good for us to realize that we have a bit of work to do.”

The men’s team has some work to be done as well.

USC men’s golf concluded their trip to San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista on Wednesday tying for eighth out of 20 teams at 19-over 883 (285-303-295).

The Trojans attempted to bounce back this week from their 14th place finish last month at The Prestige. Things looked promising at first: USC was in second place at the end of round one after a 4-under 68 performance from senior Leon D’Souza — his best showing of the season.

Tuesday’s round was a different story with windy conditions leaving many of the teams beat. USC was no exception, led by senior Kaito Onishi who hit 2-over 74 for the day. By the end of Tuesday, the Trojans were tied for fifth and had their work cut out for them.

The last round was met with late efforts to come back. Freshman Shane Ffrench led the team for the day at par, finishing the tournament with 5-over 221 (73-76-72). Onishi sat at 16th with 2-over 218 (71-74-73), making this his third top 20 finish this season. D’Souza followed closely behind tied for 17th, finishing at 3-over 219 (68-77-74).

Sophomore Tyler Guo (73-76-78) and senior Kyle Suppa (74-77-76) tied at 11-over 227.

“The conditions got tougher. Wind blew and some rain fell today and we just didn’t handle it well,” USC coach JT Higgins said. “I liked the way we finished up today, we rallied at the end and salvaged a top half of the field finish, which could’ve been much worse.”

Both teams will be back in action next weekend with the men’s team heading to Tucson, Arizona for the NIT March 20-21 and the women’s team competing at the Liz Murphey Collegiate March 19-21 in Athens, Georgia.