No. 4 USC Off To Kent Youel Invitational
Oct. 26, 2007
The USC women's golf team, ranked No. 4 in the latest 2007 Golfweek.com poll, finishes its fall slate of events at the 2007 Kent Youel Invitational at the Kapolei G.C. on Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 30-31).
The field includes No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 9 California, Boise State, Cal State Northridge, Central Arkansas, Colorado, Fresno State, Hawaii, Iowa, New Mexico State, Oregon State, Portland State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, UC Irvine and Washington State.
Then17-team field will play 36 holes on the 6,140-yard course on Tuesday and 18 more on Wednesday. Play begins at 7:30 a.m. (HST) both days.
In 2005, USC won the event by six strokes. The Trojans led wire-to-wire and finished first with a 54-hole score of 896 (+32). Then senior Irene Cho finished second and current senior Dewi Claire Schreefel was seventh.
USC IN 2007-2008
The Women of Troy, who have finished among the top five teams at the NCAA Championships in three of the past five years, are coming off their first win of the season at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (Oct. 8-10). Sophomore Belen Mozo led USC to the win as Troy won by nine strokes, combining for a final-round 7-over 295 for a 54-hole 18-over 882 (296-291-295).
The tournament before, the Trojans took second at the 2007 Margaret Branch NCAA Preview at the UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M. USC finished 15-under 861 (292-285-284), one stroke back of winner Duke (860, 292-285-284). USC's final two rounds were each low for the day. USC tied for sixth in the Mason Rudolph Championship to open the season.
Dewi Claire Schreefel
Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel, a two-time All-American, won her first tournament since her 2006 NCAA Championships individual title when she won the 2007 Margaret Branch NCAA Fall Preview on Sept. 26 at the University of New Mexico G.C. Her three-round effort of 204 (68-69-67) was one off the USC individual 54-hole record while her 15-under par is a USC record. She also strung three consecutive sub-70 rounds together for the first time as a Trojan, punctuating her fine play with an eagle on the tournament's final hole. For her efforts, she was named Golfweek and Golf World Player of the Week.
She also tied for 15th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and tied for 20th at the Mason Rudolph Championship.
Senior Paola Moreno, the 2007 NCAA Championships runner-up and a 2007 All-American first teamer, tied for 52nd in USC's opening event and tied for 33rd in the Fall Preview. She led USC in stroke average as a junior last year (73.18). She posted a season-best tie for 10th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.
Sophomore Belen Mozo, a 2007 All-American honorable mention pick, posted a USC career-best tie for first at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. She finished with a 1-over 217 (70-75-72) and, thanks to a tiebreaker, was tabbed as medalist.
Mozo was USC's top finisher at the Mason Rudolph, tying for 10th with a 216 (74-69-73). She then tied for 11th at the Fall Preview with a 4-under 215 (75-71-69), her final round 4-under effort highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 137-yard, par 3 17th hole.
Freshmen Lizette Salas is third on USC in stroke average at 73.56 and is coming off a season-best tie for fourth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. Salas also tied for 22nd at Mason Rudolph and 26th at the Fall Preview.
Freshman Joanne Lee played in USC's first two tournaments, finishing 36th and 35th, respectively, in the events.
Junior college transfer Victoria Alimonda made her USC debut at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, tying for 76th.
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