Women's Golf Advances To NCAA Championships

May 8, 2004

Normal, Ill. - The No. 10 USC women's golf team shot the third-best round of the day on Saturday--a 15-over 299--to advance to the NCAA Finals with a fourth place finish at the NCAA Central Regional Championships held at Illinois State Golf Course.

The top eight teams at the regional qualified for the NCAA Championships to be held at Auburn on May 18-21.

The Women of Troy--the defending NCAA Champions--finished with a 54-hole total of 910, 17strokes back of team champion Vanderbilt (893). Arizona was second (902), Michigan State was third (906) and Baylor was fifth (915). Purdue, New Mexico and Texas A&M also advanced to the NCAA Finals.

Leading the way for USC was sophomore Irene Cho, who shot a 14-over 227 to finish tied for 10th. She was joined in the top 20 by senior Rachel Bell, who shot a 16-over 229 to tie for 17th.

Erica Blasberg of Arizona won the individual title with a one-under 212. May Wood of Vanderbilt was second (215) and Josefin Svenningsson of Baylor was third (218).

Also for the Women of Troy, sophomore Tanya Dergal placed 26th (230), freshman Veronica Felibert tied for 31st (232) and freshman Catalina Marin tied for 40th (234).

USC has now qualified to the NCAA Finals for seven consecutive seasons.

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