Trojans Return To Action At Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge

Feb. 9, 2007

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The USC women's golf team, ranked 13th in the most recent Top 25, opens up the 2006-2007 spring schedule at the 2007 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Monday through Wednesday (Feb. 12-14), at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C.

The 15-team field includes host Ohio State, Arizona, Florida, Michigan State, Pepperdine, UCLA, Arizona State, Stanford, USC, California, Kent State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.

Play begins at 9 a.m. (PST) on Monday and Tuesday and with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday. The course is a 5,912 yards and par 71.

Arizona State returns as the defending team champion after combining for an 892 in 2006. USC finished second last year, one shot back. Former USC All-American Irene Cho won last year's event with a 214. Jennifer Rosales won the tournament for the Trojans in 1999.

The Trojans were led in the fall of 2006 by junior Paola Moreno, who averaged a team-best 73.58 stroke average in four tournaments, including a pair of top seven finishes. She fired a season-low 69 in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

Senior Veronica Felibert is second on the team with a 74.56 stroke average and boasts an individual title from the Topy Cup in Japan. Fellow senior Catalina Marin has a stroke average of 74.75 and has a pair of top 10 finishes.

Catalina Marin

Junior two-time All-American and 2006 defending NCAA individual champion Dewi-Claire Schreefel, in three starts, is averaging 75.11 per round with a pair of top 20 performances.

Added to the lineup is freshman Belen Mozo, a spring semester arrival from Spain. Mozo, who is coming off a highly successful 2006 amateur season, will make her USC debut this week. Mozo won the 2006 Girls' British Open Amateur Championship and the British Ladies Open Amateur Championships, making her the first woman to win both titles in the same year since 1972. She also won the International European Ladies Amateur Championship.

Also playing for the Trojans next week is junior Stephanie Hickerson, appearing in her second event of the season.

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