Troy Stays In NCAA Title Hunt After Second Round
The No. 5 USC women's golf team, paced by solid second-round efforts by senior Irene Cho and sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel, remained in the hunt for their second NCAA team title after the second round on Wednesday (May 24) at the Ohio State Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
With the completion of the second round, USC is in the clubhouse in third place with a second-day 300 (+12) that left them with a two-day 591 (+15). Arizona State took over first place with a second day 294 (+6) for a two-day 586 (+10), five shots ahead of USC. Top-ranked Duke finished the day in second at 589 (+13) after a second-round 292 (+4). Tennessee is next behind USC in fourth at 593 (+17).
Cho posted her second consecutive 73 (+1) for a two-day 146 (+2), tied for 10th, seven strokes behind individual leader Eileen Vargas of Pepperdine (139). Starting on the 10th tee with the rest of the team, the two-time All-American had an eventful first five holes that included a double bogey, bogey, birdie, bogey and eagle that left her 1 over. She shot par the rest of the way for her 73.
Schreefel, an All-American in 2005, followed her opening round 73 with a 74 (+2) for a 147 (+3) total, tied for 12th. Her second round included a birdie and three bogeys.
Sophomore Paola Moreno posted her second straight 76 (+4) to leave her with a 152 (+8) overall, tied for 49th. She had birdies on the 9th and 12th holes. USC's leader after the first day, junior Catalina Marin, followed her 71 on Tuesday with a 77 (+5) to give her a 148 (+4) halfway through the tournament, tied for 15th. She opened with an even front nine.
Junior Veronica Felibert rounded out Troy's second-round efforts with a 78 (+6) for a two day 152 (+8). She had two birdies on the day and is tied for 49th.
USC, under 10th-year coach Andrea Gaston, won its first ever women's golf team title in 2003. Last season, USC finished tied for 11th at the NCAA Championships.
The four-day tournament continues Thursday and Friday (May 25-26). USC will tee off with Arizona State and Duke on Thursday, the first threesome starting at 1:20 p.m. (CDT).