Women Of Troy At NCAA West Regional

May 4, 2005

The No. 14 USC women's golf team--the 2003 NCAA champion--takes the next step toward competing at the 2005 NCAA Championships when it attempts to qualify at the 2005 NCAA West Regional, hosted by New Mexico State Thursday through Saturday (May 5-7) in La Cruces, N.M., at the University Golf Course.

Twenty-one teams will tee off on Thursday with the top eight advancing to the NCAA Championships on May 17-20. Eight teams from the Central and East regionals will advance as well.

The regional will get underway Wednesday (May 4) with a practice round for all the competing teams and individuals. The first round of the regional will begin with tee times at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Live scoring of the regional can be found at www.golfstat.com.

THIS SEASONThe Trojans enter the regional coming off a third-place finish at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. Freshman Dewi-Claire Schreefel led the Women of Troy, shooting a three-day 217 to finish tied for sixth. Tanya Dergal also posted a top 10 finish, coming in at 218 to tie for ninth. USC has six top-10 finishes so far this season, including three 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.

INDIVIDUALSFreshman Dewi-Claire Schreefel leads USC with a 74.87 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, tied sixth at the Pac-10 Championships and led all other Trojans at the PING/ASU Invitational.

Sophomore Catalina Marin is behind Schreefel at 75.33 per round. She has three top-20 finishes, including a third-place finish at the UNLV Spring Invitational.

Sophomore Veronica Felibert is third with a stroke average of 75.54 and has four 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). She was 14th at the Pac-10 Championships this year.

Irene Cho, who finished tied for seventh in last year's Championships, is fourth 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.

Junior Tanya Dergal is fifth at 76.68, but was USC's second-best performer at the Pac-10 Championships, tying for ninth.

Paola Moreno (76.92) is averaging and is followed by Seiko Onoue (78.33), Jackie Desmond (79.67), Stephanie Hickerson (79.87) and Allison Schauppner (82.33).

LAST SEASON'S RESULTSUSC was fourth at the 2004 NCAA Central Regional, shooting a three-day total of 910, 17 strokes behind winner Vanderbilt. Irene Cho was USC's leader, tying for 10th at 227.

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