Women's Golf Readies For Pac-10 Championships

April 15, 2005

The No. 20 USC women's golf team--the 2003 NCAA champion--looks to improve on last year's fourth-place conference finish as it competes in the 2005 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships from Monday to Wednesday (April 18-20) in Pleasanton, Calif.

The teams will play 18 holes each day, with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. PT on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A practice round is scheduled on Sunday, April 17 at 11:00 a.m. Split tees will be used for this championship and players will compete in either twosomes or threesomes.

California will host the 19th Pac-10 Championships at the par 72, 6,315-yard Ruby Hill Golf Club. Admission is free to the public.

The teams are seeded in the following order:

1. UCLA
2. Arizona State
3. Washington
4. Arizona
5. Stanford
6. USC
7. California
8. Washington State
9. Oregon
10. Oregon State

Team scores from the first rounds will determine the twosome and threesome pairings for the second and third rounds. The top four scores from each five-person team will count toward the team score each day.

Live scoring of the Pac-10 Championships can be found at www.golfstatresults.com.

Three of the 10 teams set to compete are ranked in the top 10 nationally and eight are ranked in the top 30. The complete field includes: Arizona (16), Arizona State (5), California (26), Oregon (32), Oregon State (76), Stanford (21), UCLA (2), USC (20), Washington (9), and Washington State (24). Additionally, seven Pac-10 golfers are ranked in the top 30 individually.

THIS SEASON

The Trojans enter the Championships coming off a seventh-place finish at the Ping/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Freshman Dewi-Claire Schreefel led the Women of Troy, shooting 73 in the final round to finish tied for 13th (222).USC has five top-10 finishes so far this season, including two top-five showings. The Women of Troy won the 2005 UNLV Spring Invitational after shooting a season-low 895 to finish 15 strokes ahead of second-place Pepperdine.

INDIVIDUALS

Sophomore Catalina Marin leads the Trojans this season with a stoke average of 75.29 and three top-20 finishes, including a third-place finish at the UNLV Spring Invitational. As of April 12, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, Marin is ranked 78th in the country.

Freshman Dewi-Claire Schreefel is second on the team with a 75.50 stroke average. In her rookie season, she finished in the top 30 of each tournament in which she participated. She finished tied for fifth at the UNLV Spring Invitational and led all other Trojans at the PING/ASU Invitational, shooting a six-over 222 to tied for 13th. Schreefel is ranked 38th in the country.

Irene Cho, who finished tied for seventh in last year's Championships, is third on the team with a stroke average of 75.58. Cho's best finish of the season was at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge where she finished tied for fourth to mark her eighth top-five finish of her career.

Also for the Trojans, sophomore Veronica Felibert is fourth with a stroke average of 75.67 and three top-20 finishes so far this season. She led the Trojans at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in February, shooting 231 to tie for 25th (she won the individual title in Puerto Rico as a freshman). Junior Tanya Dergal, along with Cho and Felibert, will bring Championship experience to this young team. Dergal rounds out the squad with a stoke average of 77.60.

LAST SEASON'S RESULTS

At last year's Pac-10 Championships, the Women of Troy finished at 928 to tie for fourth.

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