Mozo, USC Win At Edean Ihlanfeldt
Oct. 10, 2007
Sophomore Belen Mozo won her first collegiate title while the No. 4 USC women's golf team won its first tournament of the 2007-08 season by nine strokes on the final day of the 2007 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational on Wednesday (Oct. 10) at the Sahalee C.C. in Sammamish, Wash.
After two days of sunshine, golfers battled rain and showers on Wednesday. The Women of Troy combined for a final-round 7-over 295 for a 54-hole 18-over 882 (296-291-295), maintaining all of its nine-shot lead over second-place Arizona State that they started with. Oregon was third (900). The win is USC's first since the 2007 NCAA Central Regional Championship.
USC's title is its seventh at this tournament and the first since winning it in 2002. The last Trojan to win it was Irene Cho, who tied for the title in 2003.
'We played very solid throughout the tournament and finished it off today,' USC head coach Andrea Gaston said. 'It was good to see Belen get her first win. As a team, it was nice to have a cushion, but you can never have enough of a lead. Especially with the conditions the way they were. You have to fight through whatever challenges or battles you have through the round, but also keep in mind everyone else is battling it too.
'I'm proud of the team. Every tournament, we've been moving up. Salahee is a tough course, so to play well here is a testament that we can play well anywhere.'
Mozo was tied for third, four shots back of Arizona's Alison Walshe entering today's play. Mozo finished with a par 72 to Walshe's 76 for a tie. Both earn co-medalist honors, but Mozo earned the individual championship nod on a scorecard tiebreaker.
Mozo finished with a 1-over 217 (70-75-72), her final round featuring three birdies and three bogeys. Walshe was a shot back with one hole to play, but birdied the 18th hole for the tie.
Trojan freshman Lizette Salas posted her top finish of the three-tournament young season, finishing among four players tied for fourth at 4-over 220 (76-73-71). Today's round was her first at USC under par. She was 1-over after the front 9, but birdies on 11 and 12 on the back 9 kept her in the red.
Senior Paola Moreno posted her first top 10 finish of the fall, tying for 10th with a 6-over 222 (73-72-77). Fellow senior All-American Dewi Claire Schreefel tied for 15th at 8-over 224 (78-71-75). She had two birdies on the day. Transfer Victoria Alimonda tied for 76th at 30-over 246 (77-88-81). Her first round effort contributed to the Trojan scores on Monday.
USC's final fall event is the Kent Youel Invitational, set for Oct. 30-31 at Kapolei (Hawaii) G.C.
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