USC Comfortably In Second After NCAA Central Regional 2nd Round
May 12, 2006
Senior Irene Cho is tied for first as she leads the No. 6 USC women's golf team in a two-team battle for first with top-ranked Duke after two rounds of the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional at Texas A&M's Traditions G.C., in College Station, Texas, on Friday (May 12).
The Women of Troy, a two-time 2005-2006 tournament champion seeking to reach its ninth consecutive NCAA Championship, trails first-place Duke by three strokes with 18 holes to play.
USC, a one-stroke leader after the opening round, posted a combined 304 for a two-day 597 (+21) while Duke had a 300 on Friday and sits at 594 (+18). No. 7 Pepperdine (607) is in third and Nebraska (611) is fourth.
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 with Duke's Amanda Blumenherst at 145 (+1). Cho had a slightly choppier day than her first-round 71, but still posted three birdies.
Junior Catalina Marin was the only Trojan to improve on her first-day total, posting a 73 after a 77 for a 150 (+6), tied for 11th. She had three birdies on the back nine.
Sophomore Paola Moreno is tied for 14th at 151 (+7), following her opening round 73 with a 78.
Sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel is tied for 19th at 152 after a 79, though she rallied from a slow start to go 2-over on the back nine.
Junior Veronica Felibert rounded out the Trojan contingent, tied for 45th at 157 after an 81 on Friday.
USC, Duke and Pepperdine will kick off play at 7:30 a.m. (CST) on Saturday.