USC Jockeying For Lead At NCAA Championships Midway Point

May 21, 2008

(Scores and standings for USC and its players will be updated after play for the entire field is complete later today.)

On a day when fierce winds forced NCAA officials to halt play for two hours, No. 2 USC, which finished play before the stoppage, has maintained a share of first place as half of the 24-team field continues to work toward the midway point of the 2008 NCAA Women's Golf Championships at the University of New Mexico Championship G.C. in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday (May 21).

Making its 17th consecutive NCAA appearance and its 11th straight in the championship final, all under 12th-year head coach Andrea Gaston, the Women of Troy carded a collective 12-over 300. With 12 schools still playing toward the turn, USC is tied with UCLA at 8-over 584 (284-300). The Bruins erased their five-stroke first-round deficit to USC with a 7-over 295.

Play was suspended shortly after 1:10 p.m. CDT due to the gale-like winds not long after the Women of Troy had wrapped up their round. Many teams that started in the first wave of play were forced to wait two hours to complete their final few holes. Much of the field had to wait until after the delay to start.

Sophomore Belen Mozo played as if the 25-35 mph gusts were mere breezes, carding a 1-under 71 to drop to 4-under 140 (69-71) overall. As of this posting, she was in first overall.

Starting with the rest of the Trojans off the 10th hole, Mozo birdied her first hole as well as the 17th for a 2-under front 9. After bogeys on 2 and 4 dropped her to par, she birdied the 6th hole to get back into the red for the round.

Sophomore Stefanie Endstrasser was USC's second-lowest scorer on the day at 3-over 75.

Sophomore Stefanie Endstrasser, on a day when low scores were hard to find, turned in a solid 3-over 75 and is near the top 20 overall at 3-over 147 (72-75). She was 1-over on the front 9 with only a bogey on the 15th hole. She also bogeyed the 1st and 8th holes coming home and managed some key pars where many other players struggled.

Senior Paola Moreno followed her 2-under opening round with a 5-over second round and is tied with Endstrasser at 3-over 147 (70-77). She bogeyed the 11th, 14 and 16th holes on the way out and the 2nd and 6th holes coming in.

Freshman Lizette Salas was also 5-over on Wednesday and is tied for at 6-over 150 (73-77). After a birdie on her first hole, Salas struggled with four straight bogeys and also bogeyed 17 for a 4-over front 9. She gathered herself on the back 9 and went 1-over with bogeys on 3 and 5 and a birdie on 7.

Senior Dewi Claire Schreefel had a roller coaster round that saw her struggle to balance birdies against bogeys. She finished with 10 bogeys and four birdies and finished at 7-over 151 (73-78).

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