Chang leads USC to third straight victory

Jennifer Chang of USC shared the individual title with Patty Tavatanakit of UCLA and helped the Trojans claim their third consecutive victory in the Silverado Showdown at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa.

The Trojans posted a score of 290-287-282—859, 5-under-par, while California was second at 293-291-285—869, while Stanford totaled 294-281-295—870 to tie for third with UCLA, which wound up at 292-290-288—870, and Arizona, which finished at 292-295-283—870.

“This team continues to amaze me,” said USC Coach Andrea Gaston, whose Trojans claimed their fifth victory of the season. “They’re playing patiently, playing smart, making a lot of good decisions. All of the work they put in to get ready for each event allows them to get out there, unafraid, and just perform.”

Northwestern was fifth at 300-288-284—872, followed by Texas at 295-287-292—874, Purdue at 303-290-292—885 and Arizona State, at 309- 285-293—887, while Oregon carded a score of 303-294-294—891 to tie for 10th with Colorado, which totaled 302-301-288—891.

Pepperdine finished 13th at 301-300-293—894 and San Jose State tied for 14th at 300-302-296—898.

Chang, a freshman from Cary, N.C., carded a score of 66-72-70—208, 8-under, while Tavatanakit, a freshman from Thailand, tied for her second title at 71-69-68—208.

“The course was definitely challenging with how the pins were set up, but we didn’t let that affect how we played,” said Chang, who won for the first time at USC. “It’s amazing to be able to win three in a row. I’m really proud of the team.”

Jiyoon Jang of Cal shot 68-71-70—209 to tie for third with Bianca Pagdanganan of Arizona, who finished at 71-69-69—209.

Lilia Vu of UCLA totaled 73-72-68—213 to tie for fifth with Mika Liu of Stanford, who wound up at 68-70-75—213, Olivia Mehaffey of Arizona State, who finished at 72-69-72—213, and Sophia Schubert of Texas, who came in at 72-68-73—213.

Hira Naveed of Pepperdine shot 70-75-70—215 to tie for 10th with Kaitlyn Papp of Texas, who finished at 74-69-72—215, while Franziska Friedrich led San Jose State in a tie for 19th at 74-73-73—220.

Rounding out the scoring for team champion USC were Allisen Corpuz in a tie for 15th at 78-73-67—218, Alyaa Abdulghany totaled 72-76-72—220 to finish in a tie for 19th that included teammate Amelia Garvey at 75-72-73—220, while Gabriela Ruffels tied for 40th at 77-70-76—223, and Aiko Leong tied for 78th at 84-79-72—235.

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