STILLWATER, Okla. –– Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho shot a 65 on the first 18 holes at Karsten Creek Golf Club, a par 72, 6,328-yard course, tying the course single-round record on the first day of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships, hosted by Oklahoma State University.
“I didn’t know until my teammates said it,” Kupcho said. “It was super cool and super exciting. That would have been cool to get, but it’s cool to tie it.”
The mark is one stroke off the best one-round score in NCAA women’s golf championships history, which was shot by LSU’s Megan McChrystal in 2010. Kupcho is just the seventh in championships history to shoot a 7-under round, most recently done by Oregon’s Caroline Inglis in 2016.
Kupcho tied Wad Phaewchimplee’s round in Stillwater in 2014, recording seven birdies through 18 holes. She capped off her round with an eagle on the 490-yard, par-5 No. 9 to complete her second 7-under of the season.
No. 6 Southern California sits atop the leaderboard with a 3-over team score of 291. The team total is the sixth-lowest in course history and the best since 2014.
“I think this is a very difficult golf course,” head coach Andrea Gaston said. “Shooting around even or a little over isn’t a bad score out here.”
Led by freshman Jennifer Chang and sophomore Allisen Corpuz, Southern California finished the day a stroke ahead of No. 1 Alabama and three ahead of No. 3 UCLA. Kent State (296) and Duke (298) round out the top five.
Individually, Chang and Corpuz sit in a tie for 11th, carding an even-72.
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“It was a pretty solid round,” Corpuz said. “I kind of struggled coming in, but those are really tough holes so I’m pretty happy with it.”
The Trojans are seeking the program’s fourth national title, being one of only five NCAA schools with at least three team titles. Southern California also has a nation-leading streak of 12 straight top-five finishes at the NCAA Championships.
USC secures the NCAA first round lead at +3 291 as Corpuz and Chang, who birdied 3 of her final 5 holes, both finish with even rounds of 72. Six teams left on the course, but Corpuz and Chang currently T11 with their par rounds. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/NLLqt0QQla— USC Women’s Golf (@USCWomensGolf) May 19, 2018
The second round of the championships at Karsten Creek will tee off tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. CT, with Alabama, Arkansas and UCLA on No. 1, and Duke, Stanford and Southern California on No. 10.