Schreefel In First At Fall Preview, 9-Under After 2 Rounds

Sept. 25, 2007


Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel has put together consecutive sub-70 rounds for the first time as a Trojan, vaulting to the individual lead and helping the No. 4 USC women's golf team jump to second place after the second round of the 2007 Margaret Branch NCAA Preview at the UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday (Sept. 25).

USC's combined second round of 7-under 285 left it 7-under 577 (292-285) for the tournament. The effort sliced one shot off of first-place Duke's lead, which is down to four strokes. Arizona State is in third (582) while UCLA dropped to fourth (585).

Schreefel took the lead with a 4-under 69, complementing her opening round 68 for a 9-under 137, one shot ahead of second-place Taylor Karle of Pepperdine, two ahead of Alison Walshe of Arizona. Schreefel, from Deventer, The Netherlands, had only one round in the 60s as a junior, but has doubled the total in about 24 hours.

She opened her second round Tuesday with a 1-under front 9 and caught fire coming home with four more birdies against only one bogey.

'Yesterday, my long game was really good. I could've shot lower yesterday if my putting was better,' Schreefel said. 'Today I was really relying on my putting. The second nine, I started to hit the ball better and I kept dropping the putts.'

Sophomore Belen Mozo moved into a tie for 20th at 146 (even), following her first-round 75 with a 2-under 71. She was even through 16 holes before birdying the final two.

Freshman Joanne Lee is tied for 22nd at 1-over 147 (74-73). She carded par on each of the first 10 holes, with birdies on 11 and 18 sandwiching bogeys on 14 and 15.

Freshman Lizette Salas jumped 20 spots into a tie for 26th with a second-round 1-under 72 to give her a 2-over 148 (76-72). She was 3-under through 13 holes with birdies on the 12th and 13th holes, but double bogeyed 14 for her afternoon's only blemish.

Senior Paola Moreno is tied for 31st at 3-over 149 (75-74), her 1-over effort Tuesday a strong round to be left out of the team scoring.

'Our goal each day is to improve, so going 7-under today, that will give us a good one to shoot for tomorrow,' USC head coach Andrea Gaston said. 'Seven-under might be tough to back up. But I don't want the team to get too excited about a 7-under. I think we're capable of doing it often and of doing better and they need to expect more of themselves.

'But we're playing well and getting better. We won't have times to make mistakes because these teams we're competing against are really good. But this is fun. This is where we want to be.'

The tournament concludes Wednesday (Sept. 26).

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