Surging USC Set For NCAA Championships
May 11, 2005
The No. 14 USC women's golf team--the 2003 NCAA champion--will attempt to repeat as champions two years later when it plays in the NCAA Championships for the eighth year in a row Tuesday through Friday (May 17-20) at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort.
Twenty-four teams will tee off on Tuesday, including six from the Pac-10 alone (USC, Arizona State, Cal, Stanford, UCLA and Washington).
The Trojans enter the NCAA Championships after a strong showing at the West Regional, where they finished fourth, but only three shots out of first. For the third tournament in a row, freshman Dewi-Claire Schreefel led the Women of Troy, shooting a three-day 218 to finish tied for third. Irene Cho returned to action after missing the Pac-10 Championships to fire a 224 and finish tied for 14th. USC has seven top-10 finishes so far this season, including four 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.
Freshman Dewi-Claire Schreefel leads USC with a 74.50 stroke average. In her rookie season, she finished in the top 30 of each tournament in which she participated. Ranked No. 21 in the country, she posted a season-best third-place tie at the NCAA West Regional, bettering her tie for fifth at the UNLV Spring Invitational. She also tied sixth at the Pac-10 Championships and led all other Trojans at the PING/ASU Invitational. She has been USC's highest or second highest performer in the last six tournaments.
Irene Cho, ranked No. 68 and who finished tied for seventh in last year's Championships, is second on the team with a stroke average of 75.48. 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.
Sophomores Catalina Marin (No. 87) and Veronica Felibert (No. 89) are tied for third on the team in stroke average at 75.56. Marin has three top-20 finishes, including a third-place finish at the UNLV Spring Invitational. Felibert 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.
Junior Tanya Dergal (No. 105) is fifth at 76.67, but was USC's second-best performer at the Pac-10 Championships, tying for ninth.
USC AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
USC won first national title in 2003, when Mikaela Parmlid won the individual title en route to leading the Women of Troy to the team title. Troy has appeared in the NCAAs each year since 1998 and has posted top seven finishes in all but two of those seasons. USC was 12th at the 2004 NCAA Championships, shooting a four-day total of 1195, 47 strokes behind winner UCLA. Irene Cho was USC's leader, tying for 33rd at 295.
In addition to Parmlid in 2003, then-freshman Jennifer Rosales won the NCAA individual title in 1999 and then followed it with a tie for fourth in 2000. Candie Kung (2001) and Dana Arnold (1990) have both posted ties for third, Jill McGill finished fourth in 1994 and Leila Chartrand tied for fifth in 2000 to round out USC's top five individual finishers.