Schreefel Claims NCAA Individual Title, Team Takes 2nd

May 26, 2006


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Sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel won USC's third NCAA individual title, leading the No. 5 Women of Troy to the low round of the day as USC finished in second at the 2006 NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Friday (May 26) at the Ohio State Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.

On a day delayed almost an hour by rain, USC posted a combined 288 (even) in the final round for a 72-hole 1177 (+25), 10 shots behind winner Duke (1167). Pepperdine was next closest with 1187 for third.

The second-place finish tied USC's second highest NCAA result. Troy won its first title in 2003 and also took second in 1994. The second place was also USC's 12th top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships, the sixth since 1998 and was USC's seventh top 5 finish.

Schreefel, who started the day three strokes behind Pepperdine's Eileen Vargas, posted her low round of the year when she needed it most, firing a 3-under 69 to finish with a 286 (-2), two shots ahead of Duke's Jennie Lee. Vargas finished tied for fourth with 291.

Schreefel edged toward the lead with a 1-under front 9 and was even after 13 holes. But she birdied the 14th, 15th and 17th holes and had pars on the rest to keep a cushion between her and the rest of the field.

Tying for 10th last season at the NCAA Championships, Schreefel now joins Jennifer Rosales (1998) and Mikaela Parmlid (2003) as Trojan NCAA individual title winners.

'I didn't know where I was after yesterday. I came up to the green at nine and they were running the individual scores on the board and I kind of glanced up and sort of knew where I was,' Schreefel said. 'I didn't want to know, though. I was playing with Eileen (Vargas), so I knew how she was doing and could kind of keep track of how I was doing from that.

'I was handling the ball very well all day. So after 14 I got back to making good putts.

'I'm not really sure how to respond to this. I'm still shocked from everything. Last spring, when I finished my first season, I was surprised with how well that had gone. Then I had an OK summer and I was not happy with my fall and spring, so I went home and talked to a few coaches. I really started to feel things come together at the regionals and I'm happy to have kept it going.'

Said 10th-year USC Coach Andrea Gaston, who has now directed six USC teams to top 10 results at the NCAAs: 'Dewi's a really hard player. She had a good fall and kind of struggled this spring. So to come out and do so well at the national championships was great for her.'

Senior Irene Cho, in her final collegiate competition, and sophomore Paola Moreno, both turned in even rounds of 72, both bests for the tournament. Cho, who won four individual titles this season, finished tied for 16th with a 296 (+8) while Moreno finished tied for tied for 38th with a 301 (+13). Cho had three birdies during her solid final round while Moreno birdied the 15th and 18th holes to earn par. Her 72 was her lowest since April 2.

Junior Veronica Felibert, playing one of her best tournaments of the season, wrapped up the NCAAs with a 75 (+3) to tie for 33rd with 300 (+12). She posted birdies on three of her final seven holes.

Junior Catalina Marin, who led USC with a 1-under 71 to open the tournament, finished play with a final round 80 (+8) to tied for 88th with 311 (+23).

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