The USC women’s golf team came in first place for the fourth time this season at the Silverado Showdown at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. on Wednesday.
The team finished at 2-under 862 (291-290-281) after overcoming a three stroke deficit from UCLA, which finished in second at 4-over 868. Oregon State, which was tied with USC after the first round, posted a 21-over 885 to take third place following a horrendous third round.
The Trojan’s were led by senior Allisen Corpuz, who tied for 13th at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this past weekend. Corpuz finished this tournament second overall with a 7-under 209 (70-71-68), and Wednesday’s 3-under performance was her sixth round in the 60s this season. However, the win was most definitely a team effort, with all five USC players finishing in the top 20.
Following the first round, the Trojans found themselves tied for third. After a slow start, the women combined to go 3-over for the day thanks to a 4-under run on the last three holes. Meanwhile, UCLA took the lead three strokes ahead of USC.
Though the team improved to 2-over in the second round, it seemed that UCLA was pulling away. The Trojans moved to second place, just four strokes behind the Bruins. The Women of Troy took an optimistic outlook when it came to taking on their school rivals.
“It was just knowing that if we all beat the UCLA player we were playing with then we would win,” Corpuz said of the team’s mentality heading into the final round.
It seems that mindset worked.
The team finished for a season second-best at 7-under. Junior Malia Nam led the third round comeback with a 5-under 67, with six birdies and just one bogey. She finished the tournament tied for 13th with a 4-over 220.
Consistency was the name of the game for seniors Alyaa Abdulghany (72-73-73) and Amelia Garvey (73-72-73) who tied for eighth at 2-over 218. Sophomore Alexa Melton tied for 20th, posting a 7-over 223 (76-74-73). In the final round, she overcame a triple bogey on the third hole to finish the tournament strong.
Though the season is coming to a close, the Trojan Women are proud of what they have accomplished this year. Individual players will be headed to the Fresno State Classic early next week before competing at the Pac-12 Championships at Stanford later this month.
“We mostly want to keep [our game] the same, since we’ve had such a great season,” Corpuz stated. “And keep the momentum going.”