Streaking Trojans Turn Eyes Toward NCAA Championships
May 15, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The No. 1 USC women's golf team, which has won three tournaments in a row and four on the season, including the 2008 Pac-10 Championships and the 2008 NCAA West Regional, continues its quest for its second NCAA team title at the 2008 NCAA Championships, May 20-23, at the University of New Mexico Championship G.C, in Albuquerque, N.M, hosted by the University of New Mexico.
USC, whose NCAA West Regional title was its third consecutive NCAA regional win (after winning the Central Regional each of the two years prior), is making its 17th consecutive NCAA appearance and its 11th straight in the championship final, all under 12th-year head coach Andrea Gaston.
Of the 24 teams that qualified (eight from each of the West, Central and East regions), 18 are ranked in the Golfweek.com Top 25, including the top 14 teams. Qualifying out of the East Region was No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Florida, No. 8 Georgia, No. 11 Auburn, No. 14 Wake Forest, No. 17 Virginia, No. 31 South Carolina and No. 33 Furman. Out of the Central Region is No. 2 UCLA, No. 6 Purdue, No. 9 Denver, No. 12 Alabama, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 21 Texas, No. 24 LSU and No. 29 TCU. Coming out of the West is top-ranked USC, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 13 Arizona, No. 34 Tulsa, No. 43 UNLV and No. 48 UC Davis.
USC joined many of the same schools listed above when it played on the same New Mexico course at the 2007 Fall Preview. The Women of Troy finished second, one stroke back of first-place Duke. Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel won the individual title with a 204, her first collegiate win since winning the 2006 NCAA Championships - and came within one shot of the school 54-hole record total in the process. USC postedA 15-under 861 (292-285-284), shooting the low round each of the final two days.
USC's first NCAA practice round on Sunday (May 18) is at 8:24 a.m. and Troy's second practice round on Monday (May 19) begins at 11:12 a.m. The Trojans will begin the first regulation round on Tuesday (May 20) with fellow NCAA region winners Florida (East) and UCLA (Central) at 12:30 p.m. off the 1st tee. The same threesome will begin play at 8 a.m. off the 10th hole on Wednesday (May 21). Pairings and tee times for Thursday (May 22) and Friday (May 23) will be determined after the second round is complete.
USC'S NCAA WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY
USC won its only NCAA Women's Golf championship in 2003 at Purdue, 15 strokes better than second-place Pepperdine. USC won the second of its three NCAA individual titles that year when Mikaela Parmlid won a one-hole playoff for the victory. Jennifer Rosales won USC's first individual title in 1998 and current senior Dewi Claire Schreefel won USC's third in 2006. USC's three individual title winners ties it for third most in NCAA history with Duke. Arizona and Arizona State both boast four. This is USC's 21st overall NCAA Championship final appearance and 11th in a row. The Trojans' second-place finish in 2006 tied its second best NCAA effort, matching their 1994 result. USC also finished third in 1986, fourth in 2007, 2000 and 1987 and fifth in 1993 ... In addition to its three individual champions, USC players have posted seven other top five finishes. Current senior Paola Moreno (2007) tied for second, Irene Cho (2003), Candie Kung (2001) and Dana Arnold (1990) all tied for third, Jill McGill (1994) finished fourth, Rosales tied for fourth (1999) and Leila Chartrand (2000) tied for fifth.
TROJANS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
All five of USC's regular tournament participants are ranked in Golfweek.com's top 25. Leading the group is sophomore Belen Mozo at No. 8. Sophomore Stefanie Endstrasser is No. 12, senior Dewi Claire Schreefel is No. 16, freshman Lizette Salas is No. 19 and senior Paola Moreno is No. 24.
TROJAN STAT NOTES
Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel leads USC with nine career rounds in the 60s, including six this season. USC's career (12) and season (eight, 2006) records are both held by former All-American first teamer Irene Cho ... Sophomore Belen Mozo has six rounds in the 60s this season and seven for her career ... Senior Paola Moreno has four for her career, two this season ... Sophomore Stefanie Endstrasser has two on the season and three for her career. Freshman Lizette Salas is still after her first as a Trojan ... USC players have posted a combined 23 top 10 finishes this season and have had another 14 top 20 efforts ... Troy has twice tied the school's second-lowest combined team round of 281 and has been under 290 in eight of the last nine rounds ... USC's first 281 came in the opening round of the UCF Challenge (March 9) and Troy did it again in the first round of the PING/ASU Invitational (April 14). Troy's school record for combined low round is 279. USC has also tied its fifth-lowest round of 283 twice this year, doing it consecutively in the final round of the Pac-10 Championships (April 23) and then in the first round of the NCAA West Regional (May 8).
USC AT THE 2008 NCAA WEST REGIONAL
For the third time in three years, USC enters the NCAA Championships final as a regional winner after leading wire-to-wire to win the 2008 NCAA West Regional (May 8-10) at the Lincoln Hills G.C., in Lincoln, Calif. USC, which won the Central Regional each of the past two years (first at Texas A&M and then at Michigan), clinched its 11th straight NCAA Championship final berth with an 15-stroke win for its third consecutive tournament win this season (and fourth overall). Troy finished at 9-under 855 (283-288-284) with conference rival Arizona State in second at 6-over 870. UNLV was third (879), Arizona fourth (880), Oklahoma State and Arkansas fifth (882) and Tulsa seventh (883). UC Davis defeated Ohio State and Stanford in a playoff for the eighth spot. Sophomore Stefanie Endstrasser notched her highest finish as a Trojan, tying for third at 5-under 211 (71-71-69), one shot out of first, to lead USC. Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel turned in her third straight top 10 finish, taking seventh, while sophomore Belen Mozo and senior Paola Moreno tied for ninth. Freshman Lizette Salas tied for 22nd.
USC AT THE 2008 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Behind inspired play throughout the lineup, the Women of Troy won their first Pac-10 title since 1989 while senior Paola Moreno won USC's third individual crown at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships (April 21-23) at Palos Verdes (Calif.) G.C. USC entered the day with a nine-stroke lead over second-place UCLA and kept building on it throughout a windy 18-hole round. By the time Moreno sunk her final putt, the Women of Troy finished with an 8-over 860 (285-292-283), 26 shots ahead of the second place Bruins (34-over 886-284-302-300). The Pac-10 title was USC's first under 12th-year Head Coach Andrea Gaston, who led Troy to the NCAA title in 2003 but hadn't guided it to better than third at the Pac-10 Championships. Moreno joined USC's previous two Pac-10 medalists Jennifer Biehn (1994) and Candie Kung (2000). In addition to Moreno's win, senior Dewi Claire Schreefel and sophomore Belen Mozo tied for third, freshmen Lizette Salas was sixth and sophomore Stefanie Endstrasser was eighth.
USC'S 2008 PAC-10 HONORS
Complimenting its first conference title since 1989, the USC women's golf team dominated the 2008 All-Pac-10 Team, placing a school-record six golfers on the first, second and honorable mention teams (including a school-record three first teamers). Additionally Andrea Gaston, USC's 12th-year Head Coach, was voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year while Lizette Salas earned Freshman of the Year honors. Senior Paola Moreno, who won USC's first Pac-10 individual title since 2000, joined senior Dewi Claire Schreefel and sophomore Belen Mozo on the All-Pac-10 first team. Schreefel and Mozo tied for third at the Pac-10 Championships. For Schreefel, a two-time All-American, it was her first first-team nod, as it was for Mozo. It was Moreno's second first team selection. Salas and sophomore Stephanie Endstrasser, sixth and eighth, respectively, at the Pac-10 Championships, were both All-Pac-10 second team selections. Freshman Joanne Lee rounded USC's selections as an honorable mention pick. Previously, the most conference selections USC had in one season was four.
USC IN 2007-2008 IN BRIEF
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 four times this season (including three times in a row) in 10 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 PING/ASU Invitational (April 4-6). Senior Paola Moreno then joined the win parade while leading USC to the 2008 Pac-10 title ... USC next won the 2008 NCAA Central Regional, featuring four players in the top 9 ... 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.
Dewi Claire Schreefel
Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel, a two-time All-American (2005, 2006) who owns two of the five lowest three-round totals in school history, has won two tournaments this season (three for her career) and was named a 2008 All-Pac-10 first team selection ... 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 209 was the fifth-lowest 54-hole total in school history ... She has four top 10 finishes and seven in the top 20. Her win at Ping kicked off a streak of three straight finishes in the top 6, including a tie for third at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships and a tie for sixth at the NCAA West Regionals ... 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 73.22 is the lowest season average of her USC career and currently second lowest on the team ... She is tied with a team-best six rounds in the 60s this year and has nine for her career (three off the school record).
Senior Paola Moreno, the 2007 NCAA Championships runner-up and a 2007 and 2008 All-American first teamer, won the 2008 Pac-10 Championships individual title to become just USC's third conference medalist. Moreno won the event with a 1-under 212 (70-75-67), the 54-hole total tying her USC career best while her final round was her first sub-70 round of the season ... She has four top 10 finishes and six in the top 20, including most recently a tie for ninth at the NCAA West Regional, where she opened with a 68 for her second sub-70 round this season ... Moreno's previous top 10 finishes this season were a pair of 10th-place ties, 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) and is at 73.63 as a senior.
Sophomore Belen Mozo, a 2007 All-American honorable mention pick, was tabbed a 2008 All-Pac-10 first team selection after tying for third at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships (217-71-71-75) ... USC's leader in stroke average (72.27), she has finished in the top 18 in every event this season, including five top 3 marks and eight in the top 11 ... She has been USC's top finisher in five of 10 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 ... Most recently, she tied for ninth at the NCAA West Regional ... 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, tied for tops on the team.
Freshmen Lizette Salas, fourth on USC in stroke average at 73.53, has had a major impact in her first year as a Trojan. Salas, who has finished in the top 15 in six of her past eight tournaments, earned 2008 All-Pac-10 second team honors. She had a season-best tie for fourth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and a sixth at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships... 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. While still looking to break 71 this year, Salas has only been above 75 six times ...Salas is among four NCAA women's golfers selected as part of the 12-member team for the 2008 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship, to be held July 16-18 at Tokyo Golf Club.
Junior Stefanie Endstrasser, a spring semester transfer from Purdue, earned 2008 All-Pac-10 second team honors after finishing eighth at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships ... She followed that up by tying for third at the NCAA West Regional, her best finish at USC. Her 5-under 211 was Troy's third lowest round this season and tied for the seventh lowest round in school history ... Endstrasser has five top 16 finishes in six starts, including a tie for 10th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, a tie for 16th at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational and a tie for 15th at the PING/ASU Invitational ... The Austrian native competed in nine events as a freshman in 2006-2007 at Purdue, finishing a season-high 10th at the Big Ten Championships ... She has tied her collegiate best-round of 69 twice this year.
Freshman Joanne Lee, a 2008 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection, 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 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.