Women's Golf At Wildcat Invitational On Monday

Feb. 17, 2006

The No. 8 USC women's golf team, coming off a second-place finish at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge earlier this week, continues its Spring schedule at the Wildcat Invitational at the Arizona National G.C. in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 20 and 21). The 16-team tournament features eight teams ranked in Golfweek.com's Top 10, including top-ranked Duke and No. 9 Arizona State, which edged the Women of Troy by one stroke at the Northrop Grumman.

The field includes USC, No. 1 Duke, No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 6 Auburn, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 10 Vanderbilt, No. 12 UNLV, No. 15 Washington, No. 16 Stanford, No. 18 Arizona, 23 New Mexico, Nevada, Tennessee and New Mexico State.

The two-day, 54-hole day event will be held on the par 72 Arizona National G.C. (6,134 yards) in Tucson, Ariz. Teams will play 36 holes on Monday (Feb. 20) with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. (MST). The final round will also start in a shotgun format at 8 a.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 21). Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com. No. 2 UCLA is the defending chamption.

Senior Irene Cho has been USC's top golfer all season, with a first-place at the Northrop Grumman Invitational, two seconds at the Edean Ihlanfeldt and Kent Youel Invitationals (helping USC to a tournament title in the latter), and a fifth at the Stanford Pepsi Intercollegiate. Her 72.4 stroke average over 18 holes leads the team.

Sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel, who led USC with a 74.23 stroke average as a freshman in 2004-2005, is currently second on the team with an 18-hole average of 74.73. She posted two top 10 finishes in the Fall, tying for sixth at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invite and taking seventh at the Kent Youel Invitational.

Sophomore Paola Moreno is averaging 75.42 strokes per round and tied for fourth-place at Northrop Grumman. Junior Catalina Marin is averaging 75.75 strokes per round and boasts an eighth-place tie at the Kent Youel Invitational. Junior Veronica Felibert is averaging 76.67 while senior Tanya Dergal is averaging 76.12 in two tournaments.

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