No. 1 USC Claims 5th Title of Season

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 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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