Cho Continues To Pace Women Of Troy

Feb. 20, 2006

Senior Irene Cho, coming off a tournament win in her previous outing, maintained her strong play by tying for the lowest first-round score as the No. 8 USC women's golf team finished tied for eighth after the first day of the Wildcat Invitational at the Arizona National G.C. in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday (Feb. 20).

Monday's action was scheduled for 36 holes, but play was called because of darkness shortly before the second round was complete. The remaining holes of the second round and the final 18 holes will be played Tuesday (Feb. 21).

Cho fired a 3-under 68 in a first round that featured three birdies and 15 pars. She was +1 through 15 holes in the second round when play was halted. She is tied for eighth overall at 2-under, five shots back of leader Sophia Sheridan of California.

The Women of Troy, second last week at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge by only a stroke, are also tied for eighth at plus-14. Arizona State, which nipped USC last week by one streak, leads the tournament at 5-under.

USC was in the thick of things after an opening-round 285 (+1), only four shots off of leader Duke, ranked No.1.

Sophomore Paolo Moreno, who tied for fourth last week, started off a bit slow with a 77 (+6), but was 1-under through 16 holes in the second round and is tied for 40th.

Junior Catalina Marin posted a par-71 to open play and is +6 (65) with three holes to go in the second round, tied for 49th. Fellow junior Veronica Felibert was also strong in the first round with a 1-over 72 and has a 67 with three holes to go in the second round, tied for 58th.

Sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel completed USC's fivesome with 74 (+1) to open play, but had a 75 with a hole to go in the next round, tied for 66th.

Senior Tanya Dergal, playing individually, is tied for 63rd after a first-round 78 and a second round 69 (with a hole to go).

The final round will start at 8 a.m. (MST) on Tuesday (Feb. 21). Live scoring is available at

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