Women's Golf Opens Season At Mason Rudolph

Sept. 13, 2007

The USC women's golf team, ranked No. 4 in the 2007 Golf World preseason poll, opens the 2007-2008 fall schedule at the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship, Friday through Sunday (Sept. 14-16) at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

Action begins at 8 a.m. (EST). USC tees off with Arizona and Oklahoma State at 9:30 a.m. Follow the action at Golfstat.com.

The 17-team field is stacked. Teams ranked in the Golf World preseason top 25 playing this weekend include No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Auburn, No. 7 Purdue, No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Stanford, No. 10 Vanderbilt, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Arizona, No. 14 Wake Forest and No. 15 Florida. The rest of the field includes Ohio State, LSU, Kentucky and South Carolina.

The Women of Troy, who have finished among the top five teams at the NCAA championships in three of the past five years, feature three All-Americans and two freshmen in their first outing.

Seniors Dewi Claire Schreefel, the 2006 NCAA champion, and Paola Moreno, the 2007 NCAA Championships runner-up, form one of the top senior duos in the country. Schreefel is a two-time All-American while Moreno earned her first honor last year. Sophomore Belen Mozo was a 2007 All-American honorable mention pick.

Joining them in Tennessee this weekend are freshmen Joanne Lee and Lizette Salas, both highly regarded amateurs who had stellar prep careers.

Moreno led USC in stroke average as a junior last year ( 73.18) and finished among the top 17 in 10 of 11 events, including five in the top 7 and three others in the top 11. She won her first career tournament at the Texas 'Mo'Morial. Moreno fired a USC season-low 66 in the second round of the NCAA Championships Central Regional en route to a second-place individual finish.

Schreefel's best finish last year was a tie for second at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational and she fired a season-low 69 at the NCAA Championships Central Regional. Her second best finish of the season was a tie for seventh at the Pac-10 Championships.

Mozo, a spring semester transfer last season who was second on the team in stroke average (74.82), made her debut at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and led the team with a tie for eighth place. She finished in the top 20 in six of seven spring starts, including a tie for third at the NCAA Championships Central Regional and a tie for 17th at the NCAA Championships.

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