USC Extends Lead At NCAA West Regional

May 9, 2008

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A slow start gave way to a hot finish as top-ranked USC extended its lead after the second day of the 2008 NCAA West Regional on Friday (May 9) at the Lincoln Hills G.C., in Lincoln, Calif.

USC rallied to finish even during the second round and remains at 5-under with a two-day 571 (283-288), now seven strokes ahead of second-place UNLV (578). Arizona State rose to third (581), Oklahoma State is fourth (586), Arkansas and Arizona are tied for fifth (588), Stanford is seventh (593) and Tulsa is eighth (595).

The top eight teams plus two individuals from each of the three 21-team regions playing this weekend will advance to the championship round, scheduled for May 20-23 at the University of New Mexico Championship G.C, in Albuquerque, N.M.

USC, which won the Central Regional each of the past two years (first at Texas A&M and then at Michigan), is trying to make its 11th straight NCAA Championship final, all under 12th-year head Coach Andrea Gaston. It is also Troy's 17th straight NCAA appearance overall. Troy won its only NCAA team title in 2003.

Troy, which began on the 12th hole today, saw its overall team score bulge over par during the first third of the round. But as the team neared its turn on the third hole, USC began to find its groove and descended back below par.

Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel moved from a tie for ninth into a tie for third at 3-under 141 (71-70) after a 2-under second round. Three birdies and three pars had her at even during her front 9 but she improved to 2-under on the back 9 with three more birdies.

Sophomore Stefanie Endstrasser and senior Paola Moreno are tied for sixth at 2-under 142. Endstrasser carded her second 71 in a row, rallying from being 3-over after seven holes with four birdies for a 1-under round. Moreno, who began the day tied for first, was 1-over going out and coming home today.

Sophomore Belen Mozo is tied for 13th at 2-over 146 (73-73). For the second round in a row, she had two bogeys against one birdie. She is looking to keep alive her streak of top 20 finishes this season.

Freshman Lizette Salas is tied for 36th at 5-over 149 (73-76). She ran into some trouble on the front 9, going 4-over, but was even the rest of the round.

USC joins second-place UNLV and third-place Arizona State with tee times between 8:10 and 8:50 a.m. on Saturday to begin final-round play.

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