USC Leads NCAA Central Regional After First Day

May 11, 2006


The No. 6 USC women's golf team, behind strong first-day showings from senior Irene Cho and sophomores Paola Moreno and Dewi-Claire Schreefel, lead the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional by one stroke after the first of three rounds at Texas A&M's Traditions G.C., in College Station, Texas, on Thursday (May 11).

The Women of Troy, a two-time 2005-2006 tournament champion seeking to reach its ninth consecutive NCAA Championship, leads the 21-team field with a combined 293 (+5). Top-ranked Duke is one stroke back (294) while No. 16 Florida is third (301) and No. 7 Pepperdine is fourth (303). The top eight teams from the West, Central and East regionals advance to the NCAA Championships. The top four of five players' scores are used to determine each team's overall score each day.

Cho, a winner of three events this season and the only Trojan playing this week who played on USC's 2003 national title team, is tied for third individually with three others at 1-under 71, one shot back of leaders Amanda Blumenherst of Duke and Devan Anderson of Texas.

Moreno and Schreefel are tied for seventh with 1-over 73s. Junior Veronica Felibert fought off a slow start to post a 76, tied for 20th, while junior Catalina Marin had a 77, tied for 30th.

Cho recovered from two bogeys on her first three holes to birdie five times between the sixth and 15th holes. Moreno and Schreefel both had steady rounds with two birdies apiece.

Felibert rallied from a 5-over front-nine performance to go 1-under on the back nine, which included an eagle on the 12th hole. Marin also was even over the final nine holes and USC was a combined 3-under on holes 10 through 18.

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