USC Resume Play, Set For Northrop Grumman Challenge

Feb. 8, 2008

The No. 4 USC women's golf team, which posted top 2 finishes in its final three fall outings, begins the 2008 spring season at the 2008 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Monday through Wednesday (Feb. 11-13).

USC will send nine players to Northrop. Seniors Paola Moreno and Dewi Claire Schreefel, sophomores Belen Mozo and Stefanie Endstrasser and freshman Lizette Salas will count toward the USC team total. Endstrasser, a transfer from Purdue, will be making her Trojan debut.

Playing individually for USC will be juniors Shelcie Takenouchi and Victoria Alimonda, sophomore Caroline Kim and freshman Joanne Lee.

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, had three top 2 finishes in the fall, including a win 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 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. Troy's other second took place at the 2007 Kent Youel Invitational, where it combined for a 21-over 885 (294-301-290), four strokes back of first-place UCLA (881). Mozo and freshman Joanne Lee tied for third overall at 2-over 218, one shot back of first place. 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, tied for 16th at the Kent Youel Invitational and tied for 20th at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Her stroke average of 72.75 is second on the team.

Paola Moreno
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.

Belen Mozo
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. She tied for third at the Kent Youel Invitational and leads USC in stroke average (72.17).

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.

Lizette Salas
Freshmen Lizette Salas is third for USC in stroke average at 73.83. She had a season-best tie for fourth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and tied for 11th at the Kent Youel Invitational. Salas also tied for 22nd at Mason Rudolph and 26th at the Fall Preview.

Joanne Lee
Freshman Joanne Lee played in USC's first two tournaments, finishing 36th and 35th, respectively, in the events. But she came back in Troy's final tournament of the fall to tie for third, finishing with a season-best 71 in the final round.

Victoria Alimonda
Junior college transfer Victoria Alimonda made her USC debut at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, tying for 76th. Playing individually at the Kent Youel, she tied for 50th.

Stefanie Endstrasser
Junior Stefanie Endstrasser is a spring semester transfer from Purdue. The Austrian native competed in nine events as a freshman in 2006-2007, finishing a season-high 10th at the Big Ten Championships.

Caroline Kim
Sophomore Caroline Kim has played in one event this year, taking 76th at the Kent Youel Invitational.

Shelcie Takenouchi
Junior Shelcie Takenouchi has played in one event this year, tying for 79th at the Kent Youel Invitational.

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