Irene Cho Wins Individual Title At Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Oct. 9, 2003

Seattle, Wash. - Sophomore Irene Cho started the final 18 holes of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational tied for fifth, but then shot a one-over 73 to jump into tie for the top spot and win her first-ever collegiate individual title on Wednesday at Sahalee Country Club.

Cho--whose effort also included a first-round 70--and Erica Blasberg of Arizona each shot 219 overall to finish two strokes ahead of Kristi Larsen of San Francisco (221). Time did not permit a playoff betweent the two golfers, who shared the individual crown. Cho is the second USC golfer in as many years to win the Edean, following up Mikaela Parmlid's title last season.

USC placed fourth in the team race despite playing without two of its top five golfers, shooting 914 to finish 18 strokes behind team champ Arizona (896). California and UCLA tied for second (899) and Oregon was fifth (924).

The Women of Troy also got solid efforts from senior Rachel Bell, who tied for 12th with a total of 225, and freshman Veronica Felibert, who tied for 21st at 230.

Also for USC, freshman Stephanie Hickerson was 55th (244) and sophomore Seiko Onoue tied for 59th (246).

USC is next in action at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship in Myrtle Beach, SC, on Nov. 2-4.

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