USC Hosts Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships
April 17, 2008
The No. 3 USC women's golf team, fresh off its second title of the season, looks for its third conference crown in program history when it hosts the 2008 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships, Monday through Wednesday (April 21-23) at the Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C.
Action will kick off each day at 8 a.m. on the Par 72, 6,000-yard course. The highly competitive Pac-10 features many top-ranked teams, including No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 USC, No. 4 Arizona State, No. 14 Arizona and No. 19 California. Also listed in the Golfweek.com rankings are No. 29 Stanford, No. 43 Oregon, No. 55 Washington, No. 58 Washington State and No. 62 Oregon State ... ... Troy's lowest round ever at the Palos Verdes G.C. is a 286, set in 2000. Earlier this season, USC was third in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on the same course, finishing with an 887 (298-288-301).
Live and complete results for the Pac-10 Championships will be available at Golfstat.com.
Within the USC-UCLA Lexus Gauntlet competition, the season-long battle between Trojans and Bruins in all sports, points for women's golf are awarded to the highest finisher between the crosstown rivals at the Pac-10 Championships. Five points are up for grabs for both women's golf. The winning school needs 57.5 points to clinch. USC currently leads 47.5-32.5.
USC'S PAC-10 HISTORY
The Women of Troy won its only Pac-10 team title in 1989 and finished among the top three seven times. USC also won a conference crown inn 1986 when it was called the Pacific West Conference ... Jennifer Biehn won USC's first Pac-10 individual title in 1994 and Candie Kung won it also in 2000 ... USC has finished third the past three seasons. Last year, USC was 24 strokes back of first-place Arizona State. Paola Moreno and Dewi Claire Schreefel were USC's high finishers, tied for seventh ... Troy's record for lowest 54-hole total at the Pac-10 Championships is 217, shared by Schreefel (2005) and Mikaela Parmlid (both NCAA individual champions .... Anna Rawson holds the Trojans' record for lowest Pac-10 Championships round, a 68 in 2001.
USC IN 2007-2008
The Women of Troy, who have finished among the top five teams at the NCAA Championships in three of the past five years, have won twice this season in eight events and finished (or tied for) second three times ... Sophomore Belen Mozo tied for first at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (Oct. 8-10) to lead USC to its first victory of the season while Dewi Claire Schreefel tied for first and then won a playoff during USC's win at the recently completed PING/ASU Invitational (April 4-6) ... Troy's second-place efforts came at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (Feb. 25-27), the Kent Youel Invitational (Oct. 30-31) and the 2007 Margaret Branch Fall Preview (Sept. 24-26), where Schreefel won her first event of the season ... USC was also third at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge ... At the Fall Preview, USC finished 15-under 861 (292-285-284), one stroke back of winner Duke while Troy and the Blue Devils were tied for second at the Wildcat Invitational. At the Kent Youel, USC was just four shots from first ... USC players have posted a combined 14 top 10 finishes this season and have had another 13 top 20 efforts ... Troy has twice tied the school's second lowest combined team round of 281, doing so in each of its last two events. First, USC did it in the opening round of the UCF Challenge and then did it again in the first round of the PING/ASU Invitational. Troy's school record for combined low round is 279.
Dewi Claire Schreefel
Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel, a two-time All-American, has won two tournaments this season. She won her first tournament since her 2006 NCAA Championships individual title when she won the 2007 Margaret Branch NCAA Fall Preview on Sept. 26 at the University of New Mexico G.C. Her three-round effort of 204 (68-69-67) was one off the USC individual 54-hole record while her 15-under par is a USC record. She also strung three consecutive sub-70 rounds together for the first time as a Trojan, punctuating her fine play with an eagle on the tournament's final hole. For her efforts, she was named Golfweek and Golf World Player of the Week ... She earned those same Player of the Week honors again for the first week in April after winning the PING/ASU Invitational on a playoff on April 6. She posted a 54-hole 7-under 209 (68-69-72) before taking the one-hole playoff... Her other top 20 finishes include a tie for 15th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, a tie for 16th at the Kent Youel Invitational and a tie for 20th at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Her stroke average of 73.58 is second on the team.
Senior Paola Moreno, the 2007 NCAA Championships runner-up and a 2007 All-American first teamer, has a pair of 10th-place ties as her highest finishes this year, one at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, the other at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge ... She led USC in stroke average as a junior last year (73.18) ... Moreno has tied for 18th in her last two events (the UCF Challenge and PING/ASU Invitational).
Sophomore Belen Mozo, a 2007 All-American honorable mention pick, has been USC's top finisher in five of eight events this season, including a USC career-best tie for first at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. She finished with a 1-over 217 (70-75-72) and, thanks to a tiebreaker, was tabbed as medalist ... USC's leader in stroke average (72.29), she has finished in the top 20 in every event this season, including four top 3 marks and six in the top 11 ... She tied for second at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, which included a final-round 68, and tied for third at the Kent Youel Invitational and the PING/ASU Invitational ... Mozo was USC's top finisher at the Mason Rudolph, tying for 10th with a 216 (74-69-73). She then tied for 11th at the Fall Preview with a 4-under 215 (75-71-69), her final round 4-under effort highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 137-yard, par 3 17th hole ... She has six rounds in the 60s this season, tops on the team.
Freshmen Lizette Salas is third on USC in stroke average at 73.63. Salas, who has finished in the top 15 in five of her past six tournaments, had a season-best tie for fourth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational ... She tied for 11th at the Kent Youel Invitational, tied for 10th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, tied for eighth at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational and tied for 15th at the PING/ASU Invitational.
Freshman Joanne Lee played in USC's first two tournaments, finishing 36th and 35th, respectively. After being off one event, she came back in Troy's final tournament of the fall to tie for third, finishing with a season-best 71 in the final round ...Lee has played as an individual in three events in the spring. She tied for 20th at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (and was among the tournament's leaders after two rounds), tied for 11th at the PING/ASU Invitational and played two rounds at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge before withdrawing with an illness.
Junior Stefanie Endstrasser is a spring semester transfer from Purdue. The Austrian native competed in nine events as a freshman in 2006-2007, finishing a season-high 10th at the Big Ten Championships ... So far as a Trojan, she tied for 10th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, tied for 16th at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, tied for 41st at the UCF Challenge, which included an opening round 69, and tied for 15th at the PING/ASU Invitational.
Junior college transfer Victoria Alimonda made her USC debut at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, tying for 76th. Playing individually at the Kent Youel, she tied for 50th, a season best. She also has played individually at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.