Schreefel Wins Fall Preview Title
Sept. 26, 2007
Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel won her first collegiate title since winning the 2006 NCAA Championships - and came within one shot of the school 54-hole record total in the process - while sophomore Belen Mozo recorded her first hole-in-one ever as the hard-charging No. 4 USC women's golf team came within one stroke of winning its first team title this season during the third round of the 2007 Margaret Branch NCAA Preview at the UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday (Sept. 26).
USC's combined final round of 8-under 284 left it 15-under 861 (292-285-284), one back of winner and top-ranked Duke (860, 287-286-287). Troy's final round total was the low for the field for the second day in a row. It also tied for the fifth lowest USC team round ever (best four of five). The UNM course will be the site of the NCAA Championships in May.
Schreefel finished with a 15-under 204 (68-69-67) on the par-73 course. Her total was one off Irene Cho's 2006 effort of 203 at the Guadalajara Invitational. It was her first collegiate tournament in which she was under 70 in each round.
Schreefel knew she held a lead over Duke's Amanda Blumenherst heading into the par-5, 466-yard 18th hole, but was unaware it was three strokes.
'I thought I had a one shot lead,' Schreefel said. 'I thought (Amanda) might hit an eagle and decided to go for it.'
Instead, Schreefel was the one to do it. The senior, who already had six birdies on the day, including her third of the tournament on the par 5 10th hole, used a three wood to come within five feet of the hole from 227 yards out. She punched it in from there.
'It ended up being the shot of the week (for me),' said Schreefel, adding, 'I hit the ball solid today. Everything has to be going well to have a score like this.'
Mozo finished tied for 11th overall with a 4-under 215 (75-71-69), her final round 4-under effort highlighted by the ace on the 137-yard, par 3 17th hole.
'We couldn't see it,' USC head coach Andrea Gaston said. 'It's an elevated green. We didn't know until we got up there. There was no one watching it. No one saw it. We were looking for the ball and it was in the hole. We knew it was good, but didn't know it was that good. It was her birthday yesterday, so that was a good gift.'
Freshman Lizette Salas finished tied for 26th at 2-over 222 (76-72-74) while senior Paola Moreno tied for 33rd at 4-over 223 (75-74-74). Salas birdied twice on the day, Moreno three times. Freshman Joanne Lee tied for 35th with a 5-over 224 (74-73-77).
'This was an exiting finish. Duke was worried. They saw the eagles and knew we were coming,' Gaston said. 'You never know what will happen.
'It's a great finish and it's not our best. Our goal is to get better every day, which we achieved this trip. It gave us a good chance to see the golf course, too. It'll be different in May, but it gives you an idea.'