Troy 7 Up After PING First Round

April 4, 2008

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Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel fired her lowest round since Sept. 26 to help the No. 3 USC women's golf team record its second lowest team round ever and establish a 7-stroke lead after the first day of the PING/ASU Invitational on Friday (April 4) at the Karsten G.C. in Phoenix, Ariz.

USC, facing a field that includes six top 11 teams, carded a collective 7-under 281, two off the school record of 279 set at the 2003 NCAA West Regional on the same course. The 281 ties the second lowest round, originally set at the 1993 NCAA West Regional and tied last month at the UCF Challenge.

Host Arizona State is second at 288 with Georgia in third (289).

Schreefel is the individual leader at 4-under 68, her fourth round in the 60s this season and first since she won the Margaret Branch Fall Preview with three rounds in the 60s in late September. The two-time All-American birdied six times, including four on her 4-under back 9.

Senior Paola Moreno and sophomores Belen Mozo and Stefanie Endstrasser are tied for seventh at 1-under 71. Mozo had four birdies during the round while Moreno and Endstrasser had two apiece.

Freshman Lizette Salas rounded out USC's fivesome with a 5-over 77, tied for 52nd. Freshman Joanne Lee, playing as an individual, is tied for 14th at even 72.

USC tied for ninth last year at the par 72, 6,230-yard Karsten course. Play continues Saturday, starting at 7:30 a.m., and on Sunday at 8 a.m. (MDT). Troy's five players begin play Saturday at 9:28 a.m.