CLE ELUM, Wash. -- Sophomore Kyung Kim is tied for the individual lead while sophomore Annie Park is fifth as No. 1 Southern California, in a roller coaster round, saw its multi-shot lead turned into a late deficit before finishing tied for first after the second round of the NCAA West Region on Friday at the Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort.
The Trojans combined for a second-round 294 and now stand at 2-over 578 (284-294) tied with No. 6 Arizona State. Host Washington is third at 4-over 580 while No. 7 Oklahoma is the only other team within shouting distance, fourth at 10-over 586.
NCAA West, Central and East Regionals, each made up of 24 teams, conducted May 8-10, will determine the championship final field. The top eight teams plus two individuals from each field will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 20-23 at the Tulsa (Oklahoma) C.C.
The Trojans, who already have a season-record eight wins this season, are seeking their NCAA-best 10th regional win and fifth in a row.Kim is tied for first at 4-under 140 (66-74) while Park finished at 2-under 142 (71-71). In a round that started on the 10th hole, Kim was even on her first 9 with a birdie on 18 and 2-over on the back. She is tied with Arizona State's Noemi Jimenez.
Park appeared on her way to her 11th round in the 60s this season when she started out at 5-under through 12 holes, but she went a combined 4-over on the 5th, 6th and 7th holes before finishing with a pair of pars.
Freshman Karen Chung rebounded from her 5-over Thursday with an even round and moved into a tie for 20th at 5-over 149 (77-72). She was 1-over on her first 9 with a birdie on 18 and closed with birdies on 8 and 9 to get to par for the day.
Junior Doris Chen is tied for 25th at 6-over 150 (72-78) while senior Sophia Popov is tied for 38th at 8-over 152 (75-77). Popov was 2-under on her front but lost momentum on the back, as did Chen, who lost four strokes on her final two holes.
USC will begin its final round with co-leader ASU and third-place Washington at 11:36 a.m ET.