The No. 6 USC women’s golf team will utilize its third straight different lineup this weekend at the University of North Carolina Women’s Fall Preview.The three-day event, which will take place at the Country Club of Landfall’s Pete Dye Course this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Wilmington, N.C., features the season debut of returning senior All-American Stephanie Endstrasser for the Women of Troy.Endstrasser, a native of Austria, transferred to USC from Purdue for the spring semester of her sophomore year and instantly became a fixture in the lineup. She placed in the top 16 in five of her seven tournaments, peaking with a third place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championships West Regional, and was named a Second-Team All-American.Her junior year, however, was plagued by inconsistency, with a third place finish at the 2008 Mason Rudolph Championship being her only finish in the top 30. She only made the roster for six of the team’s 12 tournaments, and did not play in the conference, regional or national championships, having been beaten out of a spot by then-freshman Inah Park and then-junior Caroline Kim.Endstrasser looks to bounce back and become a consistent part of the lineup again.“This is my first time traveling with the team in a long time, and I decided to keep my expectations low,” she said.Endstrasser spent the offseason at home attending summer school while playing golf every day, but only played in two tournaments. This tournament is her first competitive event in months.“I just want to go out there and have fun,” she said. “I hope I’ll be a part of the competitive roster for the rest of the season.”To do that, she’ll have to beat out some of her teammates this week, including returning All-Americans Belen Mozo and Lizette Salas, as well as Kim and Park. Mozo is playing her second tournament this season following shoulder surgery over the summer, and Salas is returning to the competitive roster after missing the last tournament to attend a wedding. Kim and Park have both competed at the first two events of the season.Endstrasser’s return to form would give the Trojans seven golfers to fill five roster spots, and would give coach Andrea Gaston the depth she was hoping would be provided in the fall season. This tournament is especially crucial in developing depth, as the National Championship will be held in the same location in June 2010.Other teams scouting out the course include No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Purdue and four other teams from the top 10.
GEELONG, Australia (CMC):Rain marred West Indies’ final match practice for the critical Melbourne Test, starting Boxing Day, when it allowed only 58 overs on the final day of their two-day tour match against a Victoria XI here yesterday.The tourists declared their first innings at their overnight 303 for eight, but hopes of giving their fast bowlers an extended work out were scuppered by the adverse weather.Victoria XI ended on 169 for three with Jake Hancock unbeaten on 80. Tom Donnell made 34 and captain Ian Holland, 29.There was time enough, however, for Devendra Bishoo to pick up two for 60, to be the Windies’ best bowler.West Indies started brightly when fast bowler Kemar Roach claimed Travis Dean for three to a catch by Jermaine Blackwood at point, fending off a short ball with the score on 13.STUBBORN PARTNERSHIPThe Caribbean side was then held up by two stubborn partnerships. Opener Hancock, without a first-class game to his name, then added 73 for the second wicket with Donnell and a further 46 for the third wicket with Holland.Hancock, who faced 173 balls and struck seven fours and three sixes, was missed at 22 when Jerome Taylor missed a catch at fine leg.West Indies clash with Australia in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in six days, hoping to atone for their miserable outing in the first Test at Hobart which they lost by an innings and 212 runs inside three days.SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES 1st Innings 303-8 decl.VICTORIA XI 1st InningsT Dean c Blackwood b Roach 3J Hancock not out 80T Donnell lbw b Bishoo 34*I Holland st Hope b Bishoo 29A Ayre not out 17Extras (lb3, w1, nb2) 6TOTAL (3 wkts, 58 overs) 169Did not bat: M Doric, S Grimwade, J Coleman, J Hart, +D Kight, J Koop, B ThomsonFall of wickets: 1-13, 2-86, 3-132.Bowling: Taylor 9-4-14-0, Roach 7-1-21-1, Holder 5-1-19-0 (w1, nb2), Brathwaite 8-1-35-0, Bishoo 18-3-60-2, Warrican 11-5-7-0.Result: Match drawn.Toss: Victoria XI.Umpires: S Brne, D Shepard