Song leads USC to Mason Rudolph title
USC made an early-season statement Sunday, winning the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship over a strong field that included cross-town rival UCLA and defending national champion Arizona State.
Of course, it didn’t hurt that the college player of the year was firing on all cylinders.
USC sophomore Jennifer Song shot back-to-back 66s to win the individual title by three shots over Vanderbilt’s Marina Alex, UCLA’s Sydnee Michaels and Auburn’s Cydney Clanton.
Song finished at 12-under 132 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. The event was reduced to 36 holes after rain washed out the second round.
On the heels of Song’s stellar play, the Trojans closed with a 6-under 282 to finish at 16-under 560. UCLA closed with 278 to finish at 14-under 562. Auburn (563) was third. Arizona State and Duke posted 565 to tie for fourth.
After finishing runner-up five times as a freshman, including all three postseason tournaments, Song won the U.S. Women’s Amateur and Women’s Public Links this summer, becoming only the second player to do so. Song was also low amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open, tying for 13th.
USC’s next-best player at the Mason Rudolph was junior Lizette Salas, who tied for 25th at 1-under 143.
Arizona State, Golfweek’s preseason No. 1 team, was led by Jennifer Johnson. The freshman tied for seventh at 5-under 139. Juliana Murcia finished T-15.