USC In Seventh Entering Final Round of NCAA Championships
May 24, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. - Junior Paola Moreno continued her pursuit of USC's fourth individual NCAA championship and the No. 4 USC women's golf team is tied for seventh overall after the third of four rounds of the 2007 NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Thursday (May 24) at the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.
USC, the 2003 NCAA title winner in its 10th consecutive NCAA Championships final, began the second half of the 72-hole event in fifth, 14 strokes back. Led by Moreno and freshman Belen Mozo, the Trojans put together a solid third round, 16-over for a combined 304, the eighth-best mark of the round out of 24 teams. The Women of Troy now hold even with Pepperdine in seventh overall with a 41-over 905 (295-306-304) as they turn to enter the final round of competition on Friday.
But first-place Duke, the two-time defending champions, maintained its hold on the top spot and leads overall at 16-over 880. The Blue Devils are followed by Purdue's 24-over 888.
Moreno, ranked No. 10 in the country by Golfweek.com, started the day tied for eighth, four shots back of the lead, and is now second overall, 5 strokes back of Purdue's Christel Boeljon. Moreno birdied twice on the way in to cut her third-round score under par. She has now posted a three-day, 1-under 215 (73-72-70).
Mozo posted a 2-over 74 for a three-day, 13-over 229 (75-80-74). She was under par for most of the third round with birdies on the 5th and 11th holes, but gave shots back at the end with a bogey on 17 and a double bogey on 18th. She is tied for 42nd overall.
Senior Catalina Marin wound up tied for 68th overall after shooting an 8-over 80 on the day, giving her a 17-over 233 (77-76-80) after three rounds of action. Marin was 2-over after the first two rounds before getting stuck with four bogeys on the front 9 and closing out the day with a tough 18th hole to finish 8-over on the day.
Junior Dewi Claire Schreefel, the defending NCAA individual champion, posted a third-round, 8-over 80 for a three-day, 18-over 234 (76-78-80). She was 2-over going out with two bogeys and a birdie on 8, but couldn't generate any momentum coming home, going six-over on the back 9.
Senior Veronica Felibert, who shot a 1-under 71 on Tuesday to lead the Trojans, rounded out with a 10-over 82 on Thursday, matching teammate Schreefel's 18-over 234 (71-81-82) as they ender Friday's fourth and final round of action. Felibert and Schreefel are currently tied for 73rd overall.
The final round is Friday, beginning at 8 a.m. EDT.