THIS SEASON: Senior Belén Mozo, a three-time returning All-American in 2010, has bounced back from injuries in the past season and will be a key component in USC's national championship pursuit this year.
2008-2009: Mozo was an NGCA All-American and All-Pac-10 second teamer as a 2009 junior and also earned NGCA All-West Region honors as well as Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention honors ... In nine events as a junior, she had three top 6 finishes and three others in the top 15... Ranked among the top 20 golfers in the country, she posted a third-place finish at the Stanford Intercollegiate at 4-under 209 (68-71-70), was fifth at the NCAA Championships West Regional at 5-under 211 (66-70-75) and tied for sixth at the UCF Challenge with a 5-under 213 (74-65-74). Her 65 tied for the second-lowest round ever at USC ... At the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, she finished 11th, she tied for 14th at the 2009 Fall Preview and the Arizona Wildcat Invitational and tied for 21st at the NCAA Championships ... She finished her junior year with 11 career rounds in the 60s, one off the USC record.
SUMMER OF 2008: Mozo was a semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur and helped Spain to a second-place finish at both the Women's World Amateur Team Championships and at European Women's Team Championships.
2007-2008: For the second time in as many years, Mozo earned 2008 National Golf Coaches Association All-American status, this time as a first-team selection after a stellar 2007-2008 sophomore campaign. She was also 2008 All-NCAA West Region and All-Pac-10 first team ... In an 11-event season, she posted five top 4 finishes, eight in the top 10 and finished no lower than 18th all year ... She led the team with a 72.29 stroke average, not far from the school season record (72.06) ... Mozo was USC's top finisher six times, including a USC career-best tie for first at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational where she won (thanks to a tiebreaker) with a 1-over 217 (70-75-72) ... During a postseason run in which the entire team played strong, Mozo was the sharpest, finishing fourth at the 2008 NCAA Championships, tying for ninth at the NCAA West Regional Championships and tying for third at the Pac-10 Championships. At the NCAA Championships, Mozo was battling for the lead throughout the 72-hole event before slightly falling off the pace toward the tournament's end ... Other top finishes included a tie for second at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, which included a final-round 68, and ties 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 highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 137-yard, par 3 17th hole ... She had seven rounds in the 60s, tied for tops on the team.
SUMMER OF 2007: Mozo made the cut at the 2007 British Open, finishing tied for 55th with a 13-over 305 (75-72-82-76). She also played at the European Team Championship and at the Vagliano Trophy.
2006-2007: Mozo earned National Golf Coaches Association All-American honorable mention honors as a 2006-07 freshman after tying for 17th at the 2007 NCAA Championships. She also was named to the 2007 NGCA All-Central Regional team and was a 2007 All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick ... Mozo, who enrolled at USC in the 2007 spring semester, finished second on the team in stroke average (74.82) and posted top 20 finishes in six of seven events ... Ranked among the nation's top 30 players by Golfweek.com, Mozo posted a season-best tie for third at the NCAA Championships Central Regional. Her opening round 68 tied her for 16th on USC's single round list and her 213 tied her for ninth on the 54-hole chart ... Her next highest finish was a tie for eighth in her USC debut at the Northrop Grumman Challenge, where she finished with a 221 (75-72-74).
BEFORE USC: Mozo came to USC as an accomplished junior amateur golfer who has experience competing in both Europe and the United States ... Her 2006 summer was highlighted by a six-round match-play title at the British Ladies Open Amateur Championships at Royal County Down G.C. and a win at the 2006 Girls' British Open Amateur Championship at Portstewart, making her the first woman to win both titles in the same year since 1972. The win at Royal County gave her an exemption into the Ladies British Open and into the U.S. Women's Open Amateur Championship ... She also won the International European Ladies Amateur Championships and competed on behalf of her native Spain at the 2006 World Amateur Team Championships ... She has competed for Spain at numerous team events, including winning efforts at the 2005 European Ladies Team Championship hosted in Karlstad, Sweden, the 2005 PING Junior Solheim Cup Team hosted in Carmel, Ind., and the 2003 European Girls Team Championships ... Mozo also finished first at the 2005 Junior International Championship of Spain ... In 2004, Mozo represented Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup, won the AJGA Thunderbird Invitational against some of the world's top juniors, won the Doral-Publix Junior Classic and played at both the European Young Masters and the European Under 16 Team Championships for the second consecutive time.
Mozo was born Sept. 25, 1988 in Cadiz, Spain ... She is the daughter of Jesus and Isabel ... She is majoring in international relations.
PERSONAL NOTES * Most thrilling moment in sports: Winning the British Amateur. * Favorite pastime: Going to the beach, tennis. * Biggest sports hero: Tiger Woods. * Favorite band/music: Simple Plan, Busted. * Dream foursome: Me, Josh Hartnett, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton. * My favorite thing about USC: My teammates and the experience. * Post-college ambition: Professional golf. * Biggest lesson golf has taught me: Fight until the last shot of the round.
CAREER NOTES Lowest 54-Hole Score: 209 Lowest Round: 68 Top 10 Finishes: 11 Highest Finish: 1st Rounds in 60s: 9