USC tops UCLA at Pac-12 Preview, takes streak to 7
With its national championship-winning fivesome back in place for the final tournament of the fall, USC took its winning streak to seven events on Tuesday. The Trojans edged UCLA by one shot to win the Pac-12 Preview.
USC was third after the first 36 holes and UCLA was second. Both teams trailed leader Washington, which went 16 under in the opening two rounds at Nanea Golf Club in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. The Huskies, however, returned 9-over 301 in the final round and dropped to third. USC’s 3-under 289 was enough to jump UCLA for the title, and the Trojans finished 54 holes at 15-under 861.
The Bruins entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings while USC was No. 2. USC has now beat UCLA in both tournaments in which they’ve gone head to head.
USC won its previous three fall tournaments with three different lineups. The Pac-12 Preview marks the first time this fall the team that won last year's NCAA Championship has come together.
“I am so proud of our team,” head coach Andrea Gaston said. “To win four events this year with four different lineups is a testament to the depth and talent of our team. As their coach, I appreciate how hard they work, and how they just keep fighting on! This is truly a special group of young ladies.”
The victory in Hawaii not only marks USC’s fourth this season, but is the seventh consecutive, dating to last spring’s postseason sweep. The Trojans have won 11 of the past 12.
UCLA freshman Bronte Law edged USC’s Annie Park in the individual competition. Law posted 8-under 211 (70-65-76) to beat Park, the defending NCAA champion, by one shot. A UCLA player has now won the individual title in each of the Bruins’ four fall starts. It’s Law’s first career victory.
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