Mozo, Salas Lead USC To Northrop Grumman Lead

Feb. 12, 2008

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Sophomore Belen Mozo tied her season low of 69 while freshman Lizette Salas continued to challenge for the individual lead to lead the No. 4 USC women's golf team to a one-stroke lead after the second day of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C. on Tuesday (Feb. 2).

USC's second-day tournament best 4-over 288 erased a 10-stroke deficit and vaulted the Women of Troy into first with an 18-over 586 (298-288), one stroke ahead of previous leader UCLA (587, 288-299). Florida is fighting for the lead in third (589). USC has finished no lower than second in its past three tournaments and no lower than a tie for sixth this season.

Salas turned in her second consistent day in a row, birdying on 15 against two bogeys for a 1-over 72, giving her a 1-over 143 (71-72) for 36 holes. She is in a four-way tie for second, two back of first-place Taylore Karle of Pepperdine (141, 70-71).

Mozo climbed from a tie for 55th to a tie for 15th with her 69, which featured six birdies as she both went out and came in at 1-under. It is the third 69 she has posted this season.

Senior Paola Moreno stayed in the hunt as well with a 3-over 74. She is tied for 12th at 5-over 147 (73-74). She had three birdies, but did give a few strokes back on the back 9.

Sophomore spring semester transfer Stefanie Endstrasser, playing in her first tournament as a Trojan after competing as a freshman at Purdue, is tied for 20th at 7-over 149 (75-74). She birdied the 13th hole on a par back 9.

Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel shaved off six strokes from her first-round score with a second-round 1-over 73. She is now tied for 27th at 10-over 152 (79-73) after a round that included three birdies, two on an even back 9.

Among the Trojans playing individually (and not counting toward USC's team totals), freshman Joanne Lee is tied for 59th at 159 (75-84), junior Shelcie Takenouchi and sophomore Caroline Kim are tied again, now at 72nd at 163 with identical rounds of 78 and 85, and junior Victoria Alimonda is tied for 78th at 166 (84-82).

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