Georgia's Emilie Burger
May 22, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Southern Cal shot an NCAA Championship round record of 12-under 276 in the second round to move into sole possession of first place on Wednesday afternoon in the NCAA Championship at the UGA Golf Course.
Play was stopped at 4:58 p.m. ET due to lightning and thunderstorms in the area, and after a lengthy delay, play finally resumed over two hours later at 7:01 p.m. ET. Play was eventually suspended for the day at 8 p.m. due to additional lightning in the area. Teams from Arizona, Northwestern and UC Davis have one group remaining on the course on No. 9. Teams from Auburn, Michigan State and San Jose State have three groups remaining on holes No. 17 and No. 18. No announcement on the completion of round two and the start of round three is available at this time. An update will be provided as soon as possible.
The Trojans finished with three individuals in the top six, led by freshman Annie Park who finished the day in second after shooting a five-under 67. Rachel Morris and Sophia Popov sit tied for sixth overall after each carded a 2-under 70 in the second round to contribute to Southern Cal's record score.
The previous best total in a championship round for a team was a 277 shot by Arizona State in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Championships. Park's score of 67 ties for Southern Cal's second-best individual round at an NCAA Tournament along with Jennifer Song's 67 in 2010. Jennifer Rosales holds the school record with a 66 en route to claiming the 1998 NCAA individual title.
"No lead is big enough," said Southern Cal head coach Andrea Gaston. "We obviously have a lot of momentum because we got off to a really good start. All you can do is just keep trying to increase the lead and hopefully hit as many good shots as you can out there. I feel like this front nine is a little more difficult, so I knew coming in it was just critical for us to try to hold onto it. I know we gave away a couple shots, but I'm very excited. All we can do now is be patient and enjoy this moment."
The 276 by Southern Cal goes down as the second-best round ever shot by the program, as the team record was recorded in 2010 with a 275 in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. The Trojans' previous record at an NCAA Championship was 282, which came during the first round in 2010.
Top-ranked Stephanie Meadow of Alabama currently sits atop the individual leader board after starting the day tied for second. Meadow shot a 5-under 67, giving her an overall score of 8-under 136. Following Meadow and Park, Vanderbilt's Jenny Hahn moved into third place with a 5-under 67 on the day, followed by Mississippi State's Ally McDonald with a 3-under 69 and Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse with a 4-under 68 to round out the top five individuals.
"Today was really solid for me," said Meadow. "I was 5-under through 10 (holes), and even though I didn't make much on the back nine, it was all around a really good day. The course played pretty similarly again today, but the heat is just the biggest difference. It's a lot easier to stay hydrated and not be as tired today, and I definitely feel better in today's round than I did yesterday."
Alabama moved from fourth to second place with a 4-under 284, while Duke remained in third place with a 1-over 289 on the day. UCLA moved up a spot to fourth place after shooting 1-under 287, while Purdue and Stanford are tied for fifth place with a 2-over 578 total through two rounds.
Oregon's Hanule Sky Seo recorded her first career hole-in-one on the eighth hole of the course, finishing the day shooting an even-par 72. She is currently tied for 81st after shooting a 7-over 79 during first round action yesterday.
"I held my six iron, and I was just aiming for the middle of the green," said Seo about her hole-in-one. "I pulled it a lot, and it hit the hill. I thought that it would be fine and roll down, and then it rolled and rolled, slowed down near the hole and then just went in. I had an adrenaline rush, and it was great."
The last hole-in-one during an NCAA Championship match came during the 2012 season when Baylor's Jaclyn Jansen accomplished the feat on the 16th hole of the final round.
NCAA Championship play continues tomorrow at the UGA Golf Course with the remainder of round two and the start of round three. Tickets are available at the course for $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students.