USC, Allisen Corpuz win first event back without star Gabi Ruffels


What time off? USC returned from an 11-month break in competition and promptly walloped the field at the Lamkin San Diego Invitational by 24 strokes. Fifth-year senior Allisen Corpuz birdied the last two holes at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California, to take medalist honors.

“Allisen is the best iron player we’ve ever had statistically,” said head coach Justin Silverstein. “And she’s made a putting turnaround that we’ve never seen.”

USC finished at 16-over 880 and the Trojans’ wire-to-wire victory on Tuesday marks their third consecutive victory dating back to last season. UCLA and TCU tied for second at 40-over 904.

Lamkin San Diego Invitational: Leaderboard

All five Trojans finished inside the top 16, led by Corpuz’s 2-under 214 (71-69-74), marking her first 54-hole win. Junior Katherine Muzi, making her first career start, finished seventh while freshman Brianna Navarrosa tied for eighth and senior Alyaa Abdulghany tied for 10th. Senior Amelia Garvey rounded out the lineup with a tie for 16th.

Trojans’ winning lineup (courtesy USC)

It’s worth noting that the Trojans cruised to their first title of the season without Gabi Ruffels, the team’s most decorated player.

“Gabi is currently spending time at home in the desert with her family going over some opportunities that have recently presented themselves,” said Silverstein. “She has the full support of our team and our athletic department with whatever decision she makes about her future.”

The Augusta National Women’s Amateur released the field for the 2021 competition and Ruffels, the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, was the only top-20 player not in the field.



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