Cho, Schreefel Honda Award finalists

May 30, 2006

Senior Irene Cho and sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel, both of whom earned National Golf Coaches Association All-American first team honors last week, have been tabbed as finalists by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards for the 2005-2006 Honda Sports Award to determine the top woman collegiate golfer, the group announced on Tuesday (May 30).

In addition to Schreefel and Cho, who helped USC to a second-place finish in the team competition, Duke's Amanda Blumenherst and Jennie Lee were also listed as finalists.

The winner will be decided by nationwide voting among NCAA member schools and will receive the 2005-2006 Honda Award for golf and become a nominee for The Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to the nation's outstanding collegiate woman athlete of the year.

In addition to the selection, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's university. The winner's program will receive $5,000.

Cho is only the second Trojan ever to earn three All-American honors (1st team in 2006, 2nd team in 2003, honorable mention in 2003). She was the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year and tied the USC season record with four individual titles in this year. She also tied USC's career record with five titles.

Cho had eight top five finishes in 2006 in 12 starts. Her second-round 64 at the Guadalajara Invitational broke the USC 18-hole record, as did her 54-hole 203 at the same event.

She also holds USC's records for career (12) and season (eight, 2006) rounds in the 60s. Her stroke average of 72.06 broke Candie Kung's USC season record of 72.60.

Cho was selected among four collegiate women to participate in the 2006 Fuji Xerox U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship in July.

Schreefel last week won USC's third NCAA individual title and earned her second All-American nod after being honored as a second-teamer last year. She has four top 10 finishes this season and eight in the top 20.

USC has had at least one All-American golfer each year since 1998.

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