No. 1 Southern California, Annie Park place first at Bruin Wave Invitational
TARZANA, Calif. -- Freshman Annie Park won her first career collegiate title and led a comeback effort as No. 1 USC erased an eight-hole deficit to begin the day and win its second event in a row and third this season at the Bruin Wave Invitational on Tuesday.
The Trojans, coming off of a win at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans last week, finished at 20-over 884 (290-301-293), two strokes ahead of second-place UCLA (22-over 886). USC entered the final round eight back of the Bruins. The last time USC won three times in a season was 2011.
Park finished first at 1-under 215 (68-76-71), four better than second-place Marissa Chow of Pepperdine (3-over 219). After carding her first sub-70 round in Monday’s opening round before following it with a 76, Park put together a steady final round with 1-under 71. The finish marked her third top-10 finish and fourth in the top 18 in four events.
Fellow freshman Kyung Kim notched her third top-10 finish in the past four events, tying for seventh at 7-over 223 (73-76-74). Her final round included four birdies.
Junior Sophia Popov (76-73-75) and sophomore Doris Chen (73-76-75) tied for 10th at 8-over 224. Popov was sailing along at 2-under through 12 before bogeying five of the final six holes in an extended rough patch. Chen did not have a birdie in the round but had just three bogeys.
Popov has had two top-10 finishes in a row, three overall, and four in the top 12. It was Chen’s second top 10 and third in the top 12.
Junior Rachel Morris tied for 21st at 14-over 230 (81-76-73). Posting her best round of the event on Tuesday, she had just two bogeys to go with a birdie on 17 for Troy’s second-best round of the day. It was also her third consecutive top-22 finish.
Freshman Kim Santiago, playing individually, tied for 48th at 26-over 242 (81-86-75).