Cho Breaks USC 54-Hole Record In Win At Guadalajara Invitational

March 8, 2006

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Senior Irene Cho broke USC's 54-hole record, posting a dominating 10-stroke win for her second individual title of the season, as the No. 5 Women of Troy finished second on the final day of the Guadalajara (Mexico) Invitational on Wednesday (March 8) at the Guadalajara C.C. in an event hosted by California.

USC finished with a three-day 871, behind only No. 2 UCLA (864). No. 1 Duke was third (874) and No. 3 Arizona State was tied with Georgia in fourth (882). USC, which began the day in first, has finished no lower than third in five of seven tournaments this season.

Cho, who fired a USC record 64 on Tuesday, continued her fine play with a 69 to clinch the victory, complimenting her first win this season at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in February. The next closest competitor was UCLA's Jane Park (213).

Her three-round total of 203 (-13) bested the previous USC 54-hole record of 207, held by Jennifer Rosales when she won the NCAA individual title in 1998. Cho has finished among the top five individuals in five of USC's seven tournaments.

USC sophomore Paola Moreno finished tied for 12th (220, +4) after a final-day 75. It was her second-highest finish this season.

Junior Catalina Marin finished tied for 24th at 225 (+9) after a 77 and junior Veronica Felibert ended tied for 29th (227, +11) after a 78. Sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel finished 36th after closing with a 75 for a 231 (+15).

Senior Tanya Dergal, competing as an individual whose scores don't count toward the team competition, finished 26th with a 224 (+8) after finishing with a 69.

USC is next in action when it plays at the Ping/ASU Invitational at the Karsten G.C. in Phoenix, Ariz., March 31 to April 2.