Cho Wins Individual Title, Troy Takes 2nd At Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

Feb. 15, 2006

Senior Irene Cho won her first outright collegiate tournament title, holding off Arizona State's Jennifer Osborn by a stroke, while the No. 8 Women of Troy just missed the team title and finished second, also by a stroke, on the final day of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Wednesday (Feb. 15) at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C.

The No. 8 Women of Troy, in their first tournament of the spring semester, finished the final round with a combined 302 for a three-day total of 893. The No. 9 Sun Devils made a late charge for the win, finishing with a 300 on the day, 892 for the tournament. Cal finished third at 908.

USC's second-place finish was its fourth in the top 3, and fifth in the top 6, in five tournaments this season.

Cho followed her 75 on Monday and 68 on Tuesday with a final-round 71 (even) for a three-day total of 214 (+1). Cho and Osborn were tied with two holes to go, but Osborn bogeyed 17 to fall a stroke behind and could not make up the ground.

Cho tied for the individual title at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational as a sophomore on October 6-8, 2003. Her win today marks her fourth top 5 finish (all in a row) in five tournaments this season. She has finished second twice. Her individual win is USC's first since Veronica Felibert won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic by two strokes (Feb. 22-24, 2004).

Sophomore Paola Moreno, who began the day tied for second with Cho, finished tied for fourth (220, +7). Moreno was tied with Cho for much of the day, but fell off the pace at the end to finish with a 77(+6).

Junior Catalina Marin also ended the day with a 77 and finished with a 229 (+16) for the tournament, tying for 22nd.

Sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel wrapped up her tournament with a 77 to finish at 233 (+20) overall, tied for 34th. Felibert was the fourth Trojan to post a 77 on Wednesday, finishing with a 235 (+22) for the tournament, tying for 41st.

Freshman Shelcie Takenouchi, competing individually, finished with a 239 (+26) after an 80 on Wednesday. She finished tied for 57th. Stephanie Hickerson, competing individually, shot a final-round 79 after withdrawing from the second round.

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