USC women’s golf takes the lead after 36 holes of NCAA Stanford Regional
Women’s Golf | May 10, 2022
Four of USC’s five starters shot par or better rounds – led by a freshman At Amari Avery’s 67 and second by Brianna Navarrosa 68 — as the Trojans took first place after 36 holes of the NCAA Stanford (Calif.) Regional at Stanford GC on Tuesday, May 10.
USC’s 276-under-8 was his third-best run of the season over par and lowered Troy’s overall score to 556-under-12 (280-276), good for a four-stroke lead. over host No. 1 Stanford and seven up. of Day 1 leader LSU. The round is also tied for third-best USC all-time over par at an NCAA region, matching the same effort at Stanford in 2013.
Avery’s 67 propelled her to first at 6-under 136 (69-67) with a two-stroke lead over LSU’s Navarrosa (70-68) and Carla Tejedo. Avery already has a pair of wins this year while Navarrosa is after his first career victory.
The Trojans, looking to extend a final NCAA championship streak that began in 1998, are a comfortable 20 shots ahead of Purdue and Northwestern, who are tied for fourth. Only the top four teams from each of the six 12-team NCAA Regional Championships will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals for Grayhawk GC in Scottsdale, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State, May 20-25. This is the first year of this format.
Avery started the day with a bogey on 1, squared his day with a birdie on 2 and never looked back. Birdies on 7, 9, 10 and 12 moved her to 4 under, where she finished. Avery, who is in contention for potentially his seventh top 8 this season, now has nine innings in the 60s this year, the third in a season at USC and the most ever by a freshman.
Navarrosa (70-68) was nearly as sharp with a round of five birdies and two bogeys that puts her in contention for her second top-10 this year and sixth top-16.
Second year Michaela Morard is tied for eighth at 1-under 141 (70-71) after a normal second round. She was 2-over through four holes but finished the last 14 holes at 2-under.
Senior Katherine Muzi is tied for 16th at 1 of 143 (73-70) after his best 16th round of par or better in freshman year Xin (Cindy) Ko is tied for 20th at 2 of 144 (71-73).
USC, which won regionals at Stanford in 2013 and 2016, will tee off at 9:06 a.m. in the final round Wednesday with Stanford and LSU.