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    Paola Moreno
    Paola Moreno

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Cali, Colombia

    High School:
    Colegio Colombo Britanico

    Height:
    5-6

    Birthdate:
    08/22/1985

    07/05/2012

    Chen Leads 10 Trojans To Play At U.S. Open

    Eight former USC golfers will compete, seven of which are in the top 80 of the LPGA money list.

    07/05/2012

    Former Great Salas Shares Early U.S. Open Lead

    Four-time All-American fired 3-under 69 in first round.

    06/25/2012

    Incoming Freshman Kim Wins U.S. Women's Am

    Future Trojan claims her first match play title.

    05/18/2012

    No. 3 Trojans In Tennessee To Try For Third NCAA Title

    Fresh off regional win, USC looking for strong finish.

    04/25/2012

    No. 3 USC To Defend Title At Pac-12 Championships

    Trojans looking for fifth conference championship.

    THIS SEASON: Paola Moreno, a 2007-2008 senior, looks to follow her first All-American campaign as a junior with an equally successful final season at Troy.

    SUMMER OF 2007: Moreno qualified for the 2007 U.S. Women's Open by finishing as the top amateur at the Rockville, Md., sectional qualifying site. At the qualifying event, she finished with a 141 at the Woodmont and Old South Country Clubs in Rockville, Md., to earn her berth ... At the U.S. Open, Moreno did not make the cut, but did fire a second-round 1-over 72.

    2006-2007: Moreno earned National Golf Coaches Association All-American first team honors after tying for second at the 2007 NCAA Championships. She also was named to the 2007 NGCA All-Central Regional team and was a 2007 All-Pac-10 first teamer ... Only USC's eighth first-team All-American, Moreno fired a final-round 1-under 71 at the NCAA Championships to finish 2-under overall with a 286 (73-72-70-71), four shots back of first. Moreno's effort helped USC to fourth overall, its third top five finish in the last five seasons ... The only Trojans to finish better than Moreno in team history were NCAA individual title winners Jennifer Rosales (1998), Mikaela Parmlid (2003) and Dewi Claire Schreefel (2006). In fact, Moreno's 286 was the same score Schreefel had in 2006 and was 11 better than Parmlid's 2003 total. Rosales won her title with a 279, the only NCAA Championship total better than Moreno's and Scheefel's at USC ... Moreno's NCAA tie for second was her third top 2 finish in USC's final five outings, her fifth top 7 finish, sixth top 10 finish and 10th in the top 17 in 11 outings ... Moreno, who led USC with a team-best 73.18 stroke average, won her first individual title at the Texas A&M "Mo"Morial. She was seventh at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and tied for seventh at both the Daytona Beach Fall Preview and the 2007 Pac-10 Championships ... Moreno fired a personal collegiate best 66 in the second round of the NCAA Championships Central Regional en route to a second-place. The 66 tied her for the fourth-lowest round in USC history and her three-day 212 tied for the sixth-lowest 54-hole score. Moreno's previous low on the season was a 69 in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

    SUMMER OF 2006: Moreno won the 2006 Colombian Open and was also the individual South American champion at an event in Ecuador.

    2005-2006: Moreno finished third on the team in stroke average (75.03) as a 2006 sophomore and posted two top 10 finishes and six in the top 20 ... She finished a season-best tied for fourth at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge with a 220. That total tied her season best 54-hole score, which she matched at the Guadalajara Invitational (finishing tied for 12th). Her other top 10 finish was a tie for ninth at the NCAA Central Regional (224) ... She tied for 19th at the Pac-10 Championships (227) and tied for 38th at the NCAA Championships (301).

    SUMMER OF 2005: Moreno played in two summer tourneys, winning the Colombian Open and taking third at the Torneo de Las Americas.

    2004-2005: After joining the team in January of 2005, Moreno saw action in four tournaments as a freshman, turning in a 76.92 stroke average ... She had a season-best fourth-place tie at the Anteater Invitational with a 225, her final round 72 a low for the year.

    BEFORE USC: Besides winning the 2002 Junior World Championship held at Torrey Pines, Calif., Moreno also represented Colombia at the World Amateur Championships held in Malaysia in 2002 and in Puerto Rico in 2004 ... She finished third at the 2003 Mexican Amateur behind former USC golfer Becky Lucidi and current Women of Troy golfer Tanya Dergal ... She has been a key contributor to seven Colombian team championships ... Most recently, she won the 2004 Colombian Open and Colombian National Championship.

    PERSONAL: Moreno was born on August 22, 1985 ... Her teammate, Catalina Marin, is also from Colombia.

    CAREER NOTES:

    Lowest 54-Hole Score: 212

    Lowest Round: 66

    Top 10 Finishes: 10

    Highest Finish: 1st