With a miraculous chip-in for birdie from the trap on the eighth hole, Arizona State’s two-time defending Pac-10 tournament champion Carlota Ciganda was almost in reach of an unprecedented third conference crown, but a late birdie run by USC’s Sophia Popov sealed the conference crown for the freshman with a 6-under-par 210 and the tournament championship.
Ciganda finished Tuesday’s final round with a 2-under 70, thanks to three straight birdies on holes three through five, to finish in third place with a 3-under 213. She had six birdies for the tournament.
The Sun Devils finished in sixth place overall, shooting a three-day total of 27-over 891.
Individually for Arizona State, freshman Justine Lee shot a career-low 71 in the final round of play for a tournament total of 225 of 9-over to tie for 22nd. Fellow freshman Daniela Ordonez also tied for 22nd.
USC took home its third team title in school history with a score of even-par 864, and its first team title since 2008. The victory is even more impressive with the fact that the Trojans were competing with a shortened lineup as Lisa McCloskey had to withdraw in the final round due to injury.