No. 18 Women's Golf Opens Play At 2005 PING/ASU Invitational On Friday

March 30, 2005

The No. 18 Women of Troy golf squad travels to the desert to compete in the 2005 PING/ASU Invitational Friday-Sunday (April 1-3) at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona.

Junior Irene Cho led the Trojans in last year's tournament, shooting a career-best 217 in three rounds for a sixth-place finish. USC shot a 13-over 877 to finish second, 16 strokes behind team champion UCLA and four stokes ahead of third-place finisher New Mexico.

The tournament, hosted by seventh-ranked Arizona State University women's golf team, has been held every year since 1965 and hosts some of the top-ranked teams in the country.

Thirteen of the seventeen teams in this year's field are ranked in Golfweek's top 35 including No. 2 UCLA, No.5 Pepperdine, No. 7 ASU, No. 8 Washington, No.12 New Mexico, No. 18 USC, No. 19 Arizona, No. 20 Stanford, No. 22 Texas, No. 24 Tulsa, No. 26 California, No. 28 TCU and No. 33 Oregon.

Tee times begin at 8:00 a.m. Mountain Time from tees No. 1 and No. 10 Friday through Sunday at the par 72, 6,230-yard course. The top four scores from each team will count toward the final team score.

USC is coming off a first-place finish at the UNLV Spring Invitational at the Black Mountain Golf & Country Club in Henderson, Nevada. Sophomore Catalina Marin finished in third place to help lead the Trojans to victory. Every member of the Women of Troy team finished in the top 25.

Live scoring will be available for each round at www.golfstat.com.

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