Sophomore Karen Chung's even round and junior Annie Park's 1-over left them both in the top 5 and led the No. 1 USC women's golf team to first place after the first of three rounds of the NCAA St. George, Utah Regional on Thursday.
The Trojans, who have won an NCAA best 10 regionals including five in a row, combined for a 9-over 293 to take a four-stroke first-round lead at the Entrada at Snow Canyon. California is second at 13-over 297 while UNLV is third (301), Wisconsin is fourth (303), Stanford is fifth (304) and New Mexico State is sixth in the 18-team regional.
The top six teams plus the top three individuals from each of the four regionals will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 22-27 at Concession G.C. in Bradenton, Florida.
Chung was 3-over on her front 9 but used birdies on 11, 12 and 14 to finish the round even and tie for second. She is three back of first.
Park turned in a roller coaster round en route to her 72 that is tied for fourth. It included an eagle on the 383-yard par 4 6th hole, three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.
Sophomore Gabriella Then tied for 11th at 3-over 74, going 1-over on the front and 2-over on the back.
Junior Kyung Kim is tied for 26th at 5-over 76 while freshman Amy Lee is tied for 89th at 13-over 84.