CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--- The Chattanooga Mocs women’s golf team is headed to its third tournament of the fall schedule. This week’s event is the Starmount Fall Classic at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.
A 15-team field awaits the Mocs who look to build on a promising start.
“I’m excited about this event,” Head Colette Murray said. “We should compete for the title and individually take some strong steps forward.”
One of the reasons for optimism is the play of Isabella Loza (Bucaramanga, Colombia). Loza’s steady play at the Mercedes-Benz combined to form a solid quartet with Emily McLennan (Queensland, Australia), Agathe Sauzon (Valence, France) and Jordan Britt (Chattanooga).
“Isa played really well last week,” Murray added. “She hit the ball fantastic. We’ve worked on a few things this week, and I expect her to be even better in Greensboro.
“I’m happy with one through four,” Murray concluded. “Obviously we have to get five and six sorted out. We have ability there; we just have to get it done.”
All six team members are scheduled to play in the event with Mette Kryger (Nivaa, Denmark) and Porsche Campbell (Vancouver, Canada) vying for the fifth spot in the lineup. There is a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m., on Monday with 36 holes to play. The final 18 on Tuesday is also a shotgun start but at 9 a.m.
Click the live scoring link above to access tee times and scoring for the event.
STARMOUNT FALL CLASSIC – SEPT. 30-OCT. 1
Chattanooga, Campbell, Charleston Southern, Elon, James Madison, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Jacksonville, Maryland, UNCG, UNF, Richmond, Stetson, Western Carolina, Wofford
Dates: Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Location: Greensboro, N.C.
Format: 54 Holes - 36/18
Course: Starmount Forest Country Club (Par 71/6,265 yards)
No. of Teams: 15
2012 Champion: ETSU, E, 287-283-282=852
Medalist: F. Gustafsson Spang, ECU, -7, 66-70-70=206
LAST TIME OUT
UTC ended up eighth in a rain-shortened, 36-hole Mercedes-Benz Women’s Championship. Its 591 topped the likes of Michigan, Mississippi State, Penn State, Ole Miss and Missouri. Emily McLennan led the way opening with a career-best 70 en route to shooting four over (146).
A few days at home and then it’s off to Greenville, N.C., for the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate October 7-8. There is a six-day spread between the end at Starmount and beginning at ECU.
• The Mocs are off to a good start scoring-wise with three of their five rounds under 300. Last year’s squad had nine all year (33 rounds). The school record is 11 (2008-09).
• Chattanooga shot a season-best 292 to open the Mercedes-Benz Championship. The 292, +8 at the par 71 Cherokee Country Club, is the best 18 since the total last year in the final round of the SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational.
• UTC has won four straight conference titles and competed in six consecutive NCAA Regionals in the six years of the program’s existence.
• The Mocs had a season-high nine birdies to start the Mercedes-Benz Championship. Eight of those camp on the back nine. After making the opening turn at +11, the ladies fired back with a -3 back side.
• Chattanooga played the five par 5’s at level par at Cherokee. It shot par or better on such holes three times in 2012-13 with a high of -7 at the JMU Eagle Landing Invite.
• Emily McLennan (Queensland, Australia) turned in her career-best card with a 70 (-1) to open at Cherokee. It was her third par or better round in just her second season.
• McLennan leads her squad in scoring average (73.60), birdies (10), fewest scores of double bogey or higher (tied w/1) and par 3 scoring (3.00).
• Jordan Britt (Chattanooga) leads the Mocs in pars (13.6/rd), eagles (1), par or better holes (82.2%), par 4 scoring (4.07) and par 5 scoring (5.09) while tying McLennan for fewest others with one. She is second is scoring (73.80), one stroke off McLennan’s pace.
• Agathe Sauzon (Valence, France) had a great comeback on the first day of the Mercedes-Benz Championship. She walked off the seventh green at +5 and not in the best frame of mind after a double bogey. Sauzon flew the green on eight and left a tough par putt after short chip on the green. A good putt for par set the stage for a nice run. She birdied three of the next four holes en route to a plus-two finish (73).
• Sauzon leads the team in fewest bogeys with 13 (2.6/rd).
• Isabella Loza (Bucaramanga, Colombia) answered Murray’s call for consistency in the fourth position in the lineup. She posted back-to-back rounds of 74 (+3) at the Mercedes-Benz with nearly identical cards. She had one birdie, 13 pars and four bogeys both days.
• The same four Mocs - Britt, Loza, McLennan and Sauzon have counted all five rounds this season.
• UTC has a proven ability to tally pars so far. The counters have accounted for 255 thus far in 360 holes with totals of 51, 58, 50, 48 and 48.
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