STANFORD, Calif.- No. 2-ranked Southern California, led by par rounds from junior Tiffany Chan and freshman Robynn Ree, finished the first day of the 2016 NCAA Stanford Regional with a one-stroke lead on Thursday at the Stanford Golf Course.
The Trojans combined for a 3-over 287, one stroke ahead of No. 15 Virginia, two ahead of No. 12 host Stanford and four better than No. 26 Texas Tech and No. 42 Michigan State, who are tied for fourth.
USC is looking to extend its nation-best NCAA Regional win streak to seven and up its NCAA best regional win total to 12. But needed to advance to the NCAA Championship final is a top 6 finish in the 18-team field, one of four regionals that comprise the NCAA field.
Ree and Chan are both three shots off the lead after their opening even rounds to tie for seventh. Ree was 2-over after 11 but used birdies on 12 and 18 to finish at par. Chan birdied 1 and 4 with bogeys on 7 and 11.
Senior Kyung Kim, in her sixth event on the Stanford course, is tied for 16th at 1-over 72. She opened with a 3-over front, but came home with a 2-under back 9, including birdies on 16 and 17.