No. 6 Women Of Troy Set For NCAA Central Regional Championships

May 8, 2006

The No. 6 USC women's golf team, behind 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year Irene Cho, will attempt to qualify for its ninth consecutive NCAA Championships when it plays in the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf Championships Central Regional at The Traditions G.C. at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, Thursday to Saturday (May 11-13).

The Women of Troy, winner of two tournaments this season and coming off a third-place finish at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, will join top-ranked Duke, No. 7 Pepperdine, No. 12 Texas A&M, No. 16 Florida and No. 17 Oklahoma State, among others, at The Traditions at Texas A&M.

In addition to the 21-team Central Regional, 21-team West and East Regionals will be held simultaneously to determine the final championship field, set for May 23-26 at the Ohio State Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. Eight teams from each region will advance to the NCAA final.

USC is seeking its second NCAA Championship. Under 10th-year head coach Andrea Gaston, the Women of Troy won their first NCAA title in 2003. Starting their quest for a second, they take on The Traditions G.C., a 6,289-yard, par-72 course built in 2004.

Last season, USC finished fourth at the NCAA Championships West Regional, three shots back of Tennessee and UCLA, to advance to the final. Troy has finished no lower than fifth in eight of 10 events this season and lower than sixth only once.

Play will begin each day at 7:30 a.m. (CDT).

Results will be available at and HERE.

The Women of Troy have won twice this year, first at the Kent Youel Invitational (Nov. 1-2) and then at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate (April 8-9). USC also has a pair of second-place finishes at the Guadalajara Invitational and the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Third-place finishes include the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate and the Pac-10 Championship.

Senior Irene Cho has played as well as anyone in the country this season and is having one of the finest individual seasons in Women of Troy history. She has already won three tournaments (Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Guadalajara Invitational, Peg Barnard California Collegiate) and has finished second twice.

Cho's second-round 64 at Guadalajara broke the USC 18-hole record, as did her 54-hole 203 at the same event. The 64 is also tied for lowest in the NCAA this season (with Tennessee's Marci Turner). She also holds USC's records for career (11) and season (seven, 2006) rounds in the 60s. Her stroke average of 71.86 is third lowest in the country and leads the squad by more than three strokes. Her opening round average of 71.90 is tops in the land.

Sophomore Paola Moreno, ranked No. 47 in the country, is second on the team with a stroke average of 75.04. She has five top 20 finishes this season, including in three of the past four events.

Junior Catalina Marin is third at 75.27. She has three top 20 finishes, including a season-best tie for eighth at the Kent Youel Invitational. She tied for 19th at the Pac-10 Championships.

Sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel (75.28), a 2005 All-American, has six top 20 finishes, including a season-best tie for sixth at the season-opening Branch Law Firm/ Dick McGuire. She also tied for 19th at the Pac-10 Championships.

Junior Veronica Felibert (76.17) is coming off her best two finishes of the season, a tie for 16th at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate and a tie for 15th at the Pac-10 Championships.

The squad is rounded out by freshman Shelcie Takenouchi (81.00 in eight rounds), sophomore Stephanie Hickerson (77.50 in two rounds) and senior Tanya Dergal (75.67 in 12 rounds).

Below are the fields for each region. Automatic qualifiers are listed with their respective conferences.

East Regional
The East regional will be played May 11-13 at the Bryan Park G.C., Bryan Park, N.C., hosted by Wake Forest.

1. Arizona State
2. Auburn (Southeastern Conference)
3. Tennessee
4. Wake Forest
5. California
6. Vanderbilt
7. Virginia
8. South Carolina
9. LSU
10. Florida State
11. Alabama
12. North Carolina State
13. Augusta State
14. Maryland
15. Furman
16. North Carolina
17. Mississippi State
18. Campbell (Atlantic Sun Conference)
19. College of Charleston (Southern Conference)
20. East Carolina (Conference USA)
21. Yale (Ivy Group)

1. Adrienne White, Louisville
2. Christina Jones, South Florida
3. Michelle Jarman, North Carolina-Wilmington

Central Regional
The Central regional will be played May 11-13 at The Traditions at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M.

1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
2. USC
3. Pepperdine
4. Texas A&M (Big 12 Conference)
5. Florida
6. Oklahoma State
7. Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
8. Ohio State
9. Michigan State
10. SMU
11. TCU
12. Missouri
13. Baylor
14. Tulsa
15. Nebraska
16. Northwestern
17. Texas
18. Birmingham-Southern (Big South Conference)
19. Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
20. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
21. St. Francis (Pennsylvania) (Northeast Conference)

1. Samantha Richdale, Illinois State
2. Amy Schmucker, Michigan
3. Amanda Costner, Kansas

West Regional
The West regional will be played May 11-13 at the Washington National Golf Club, Las Auburn, Wash., hosted by Washington.

1. UCLA (Pacific-10 Conference)
2. Georgia
3. Purdue (Big Ten Conference)
4. Arkansas
5. UNLV (Mountain West Conference)
6. Arizona
7. Stanford
8. New Mexico
9. Washington
10. Long Beach State
11. Brigham Young
12. UC Irvine (Big West Conference)
13. San Jose State (Western Athletic Conference)
14. Denver (Sun Belt Conference)
15. Oregon State
16. Washington State
17. New Mexico State
18. Georgia State (Colonial Athletic Association)
19. Oral Roberts (Mid-Continent Conference)
20. Bradley (Missouri Valley Conference)
21. Montana (Big Sky Conference)

1. Jessica Potter, San Francisco
2. Renee Skidmore, Idaho
3. Chelsea Benton, Colorado State