Top-ranked USC rallied to capture its fifth victory of the season by one stroke over host Arizona State in the Ping-Arizona State Invitational at Papago Golf Course http://www.papagogolfcourse.net in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Trojans, coached by Justin Silverstein, trailed by nine strokes at the start of the final round but took the title with a score of 293-287-279—859, 5-under-par, followed by Arizona State at 288-284-288—860, while Washington totaled 293-291-280—864 to tie for third with Northwestern, which finished at 295-285-284—864, and Stanford was fifth at 287-284-294—865.
Sophomore Alyaa Abdulghany sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole to give the victory to the Trojans.
Oklahoma was sixth at 289-291-289—869, followed by Furman at 293-298-283—874, by UCLA at 296-295-286—877, Oregon at 290-298-290—878 and New Mexico at 300-300-294—894.
Andrea Lee of Stanford shot 67-70-72—209, 7-under, to share the eighth title of her career with Bethany Wu of UCLA, who totaled 75-66-68—209 and Stephanie Lau of Northwestern, who finished at 71-68-70—209.
Jennifer Chang of USC wound up at 72-66-72—210 to tie for fourth with Kaitlin Milligan of Oklahoma, who totaled 68-70-72—210, while Olivia Mehaffey of Arizona State was sixth at 74-65-72—211, followed by Allisen Corpuz of USC at 71-71-70—212.
Kathleen Scavo of Oregon shot 70-75-68—213 to tie for eighth with Jacqueline Bendrick of Furman, who finished at 71-74-68—213, while Patty Tavatanakit of UCLA wound up at 73-73-68—214 to tie for 10th with Mary Weinstein of Denver, who finished at 71-72-71—214 and Alice Duan of Washington, who came in at 74-68-72—214.
Rounding out the scoring for team champion USC were Abdulghany in a tie for 13th at 74-71-70—215, Malia Nam in a tie for 20th at 73-75-69—217, Amelia Garvey in a tie for 26th at 74-75-70—219 and Gabriela Ruffels in a tie for 26th at 76-75-70—221.
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