USC In Second After NCAA Championships Third Round

May 25, 2006


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Sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel continued her fight for the individual championship and junior Veronica Felibert posted one of her best rounds of the season to help keep No. 5 USC in title contention at the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Thursday (May 25) at the Ohio State Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.

USC, which teed off the first hole with fellow leaders Arizona State and Duke, stand in second place after a third-day 298 (+10). The Women of Troy have a three-day combined 889 (+25), 13 strokes behind top-ranked Duke. The Blue Devils, who started the day three shots behind the then-leading Sun Devils, took over first with a 287 for a three-day 876 (+12). Pepperdine moved into third behind USC at 894 (+30), while Arizona State dropped into a fourth-place tie with Purdue at 896 (+32).

In addition to gunning for their second NCAA title, the Women of Troy are poised to record their 12th top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships and the sixth since 1998. USC also has six top 5 finishes, including the 2003 team title.

An All-American as a freshman in 2005, Schreefel finished the third-round with a 2-under 70 for a three-day 217 (+1), tied for second with three others. She is three shots behind Pepperdine's Eileen Vargas (214, -2), who has led after each round.

Schreefel was 1-under on both the front and back 9, finishing with four birdies on the day for her second career NCAA Championship 70. Also, her 54-hole 217 tied her best three-round effort of the season, which she had done twice before.

Schreefel, who finished tied for 10th last season at the NCAA Championships, is in the hunt for only USC's third NCAA individual title. Jennifer Rosales won it in 1998 and Mikaela Parmlid did it in 2003.

Junior Veronica Felibert, who has come on strong toward the end of the season, rebounded from a second-round 78 with a third-round 73 (+1), tying her third-lowest round of the season and marking the seventh time this year she's carded a 73 or lower.

Combined with her first-round 74, it marks only the third tournament this season in which she has posted two rounds of 74 or lower. She is a combined 225 (+9), tied for 32nd. She was even over the back 9 after being a combined 8-over on the 10th through 18th holes in the first two rounds.

Senior Irene Cho, coming off consecutive 73s, posted a 78 (+6) for a three-day 224 (+8), tying her for 24th. USC's leader all season and a four-time title winner in 2005-2006, Cho uncharacteristically struggled over the front 9 with a +5, but reigned in her game with a +1 over the final nine holes to help keep USC in the thick of things.

Sophomore Paola Moreno posted a pair of 76s to open the tournament and carded a 77 (+5) in the third round for a 54-hole 229 (+13), leaving her tied for 59th.

Junior Catalina Marin, who led USC with a 1-under 71 on Tuesday and had a 77 on Wednesday, fell back with an 83 (+11) on Thursday, leaving her with a 231(+15), tied for 71st.

USC, under 10th-year coach Andrea Gaston, won its first ever women's golf team title in 2003. Last season, USC finished tied for 11th at the NCAA Championships.

The four-day tournament concludes Friday (May 26).

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