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USC women's golf closes NCAAs in 22nd

At Albuquerque, N.M., in its first NCAA Championship in five years, the South Carolina women's golf team finished in 22nd place after a final-round 303 at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course.

The Gamecocks, who recorded a 72-hole total of 1235 to finish five strokes ahead of Arizona, turned in their best round of the event on the final trip around the course. Camila Mori was USC's top finisher, taking 43rd place with a total of 301 (+13).

Mori opened the first round with a 78 (+6) then went on to score 73 (+1), 76 (+4) and 74 (+2).

Benedicte Toumpsin posted the team's best score of the tournament with a 72 (E) to finish in 48th place Friday. The NCAA East Region champion packed four birdies into her round, two on each nine-hole section. She finished with a 72-hole total of 303 (+15) after 76s (+4) in the first and third rounds and a second-round 79 (+7).

Furman finished the tournament in 24th place, shooting a 72-hole total of 1,253 (+101).

Southern California claimed the national championship, holding off UCLA and a final-round charge by defending national champion Duke. The Trojans won by six strokes with a 72-hole total of 1,168 (+16). NCAA tennis. At Tulsa, Okla., Clemson’s Ani Mijacika lost in the third round of the NCAA women’s singles tournament to Auburn’s Fani Chifchieva, 6-2, 6-4. Mijacika was the tournament’s second seed.

In doubles, Mijacika and Carol Salge, the fourth seed, beat Texas' Vanja Corovic and Mariya Milic 6-2, 7-5 to advance to today's quarterfinals.