Women's Golf Headed To Seattle For Pac-10 Championships

April 20, 2007

The No. 6 USC women's golf team will seek its second conference team crown when it competes in the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, Monday to Wednesday (April 23-25) at the Broadmoor G.C. in Seattle, Wash.

After a practice round on Sunday, teams will tee off on Monday and Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m. and at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday. USC's first action starts on Monday at 10:20 a.m. The Trojans will be grouped with Arizona State on the first day. The Broadmoor is a par-72, 6,196-yard course located just a mile from host-Washington's campus.

As in past years, the four individuals from each team with the lowest scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.

Within the USC-UCLA Lexus Gauntlet competition, the season-long battle between Trojans and Bruins in all sports, points for women's golf are awarded to the highest finisher between the crosstown rivals at the Pac-10 Championships. Five points are up for grabs for both women's golf. The winning school needs 57.5 points to clinch.

The Women of Troy won its only team title in 1989 and finished among the top three seven times. Jennifer Biehn won USC's first Pac-10 individual title in 1994 and Candie Kung won it also in 2000. Last year, USC finished third, 12 shots behind winner UCLA. Irene Cho was USC's top finisher, taking fifth, and was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year after the tournament.

Paola Moreno
USC is led by junior Paola Moreno, who is ranked No. 15 in the country by Golfweek.com. She boasts a team-best 73.50 stroke average and has finished among the top 17 in seven of eight tournaments this year, including two in the top 7 and three other times in the top 11. She fired a season-low 69 in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

Dewi Claire Schreefel
Junior two-time All-American and 2006 defending NCAA individual champion Dewi Claire Schreefel, ranked No. 53, posted her best finish at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, a tie for second. In late March, Schreefel played as an amateur in the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship on the LPGA Tour at the Mission Hills C.C. in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She posted a 155 (79-76, +11) but didn't make the cut.

Belen Mozo
Spring semester transfer freshman Belen Mozo made her debut at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge earlier in February and led the team with a tie for eighth place, firing a three-day 221. She has finished in the top 20 in each of her four spring starts. Mozo is coming off a highly successful 2006 amateur season. She won the 2006 Girls' British Open Amateur Championship and the British Ladies Open Amateur Championships, making her the first woman to win both titles in the same year since 1972. She also won the International European Ladies Amateur Championship.

Catalina Marin
Senior Catalina Marin, ranked No. 74, is averaging 75.75 and has a pair of top 10 finishes and three other top 30 finishes

Veronica Felibert
Senior Veronica Felibert has a stroke average of 76.76. She has already won one tourney this season (the Topy Cup in Japan) and has another top 20 finish.

USC has finished among the top 5 in five of eight events this year and tied for sixth in another.

Results for the Pac-10 Championships will be available at www.golfstat.com.

Trojans at the World Amateur Team Championships
Veronica Felibert (Venezuela), Dewi Claire Schreefel (The Netherlands) and Belen Mozo (Spain) all represented their respective countries at the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa, October 18-21.

Schreefel tied for 24th in the125-woman field, carding a four-round 291 (+3) that included a second-round 3-under 69. The Netherlands tied for 11th overall in the 42-country field.

Mozo tied for 29th with a 293 (+5). Spain finished eighth and Mozo's best round was a 1-under 71 on the first day.

Felibert tied for 55th with a 301 (+13), her best effort a par-72 on the second day. Venezuela finished tied for 30th.

Schreefel and Felibert missed USC's last tournament because of their commitments to the WATC, but are scheduled to resume competition next week at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 30-Nov. 1.

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