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USC claims Stanford Intercollegiate for 2nd title of fall
USC's winning team (USC Athletics photo)
USC's winning team (USC Athletics photo)

STANFORD, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2018) – USC wrote the final chapter in a Stanford Intercollegiate victory – convincingly – on Sunday with a final-round, 5-under 279. It pushed the Trojans to 15 under, and resulted in a 15-shot margin of victory for their second win of the season.

USC won wire-to-wire after going up 12 shots in the first round.

“This was obviously a very good week for our entire lineup, top to bottom,” USC head coach Justin Silverstein said. “Whenever we can have a week where our entire lineup is in every round we will have a great chance to bring home a trophy. Although we had some great success this week, our group is looking forward to getting home and starting to prepare for our next event at East Lake Cup.”

Abdulghany topped USC’s starting lineup by finishing fourth at 5-under 208 (67-71-70). Two days after opening with a collegiate-best 67, she completed her best 54-hole effort as a Trojan with a clean, two-birdie, one-bogey round.

Chang was a stroke back, tying for fifth at 4-under 209 (69-71-69). She was 2 over through 10 holes but closed with four birdies over her final eight holes to secure her 10th straight top 15 finish and first top 10 this year.

“I’m so proud of the team this week,” Chang said. “We played great all week so it’s nice to get another win. We had a really good start on the first day and just wanted to keep the momentum going into the next few days.”

Host Stanford was runner-up at even par and Northwestern was third at 1 over.

On the individual leaderboard, UCLA’s Mariel Galdiano struggled to back up a second-round 62. Her final-round 1-over 72 opened the door for Pepperdine’s Hira Naveed to climb into a share of first. Both players were 8 under for the tournament.

Information from USC Athletics used in this report

Results: Stanford Invitational
T1AustraliaHira NaveedAustralia80067-70-68=205
T1HIMariel GaldianoPearl City, HI80071-62-72=205
3SwitzerlandAlbane ValenzuelaSwitzerland40067-69-70=206
4CAAlyaa AbdulghanyNewport Beach, CA40067-71-70=208
T5SwedenFrida KinhultSweden40069-73-67=209

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ABOUT THE Stanford Invitational

54-hole women's college event hosted by Stanford University and Dr. Condoleeza Rice. Team (best four scores out of five players each round) and individual competitions.

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