Attached Photo (Credit: Dale Rutemeyer/GoMocs.com): and the Chattanooga Mocs women’s golf team look for top finish at Kiawah Island Classic
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs women’s golf team returns to the course Sunday at the Kiawah Island Classic. The three-day, 54-hole tourney is played at Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina on Cougar Point and Oak Point Golf Courses.
“This is a really good opportunity for us,” Head Coach Colette Murray stated. “It’s a large field with a lot of quality programs. We’re going there trying to win.”
There are 36 teams competing for this year’s title. That includes Kent State and College of Charleston which are ranked 40th and 55th, respectively, in the country. Chattanooga (70), Penn State (73), Jacksonville State (89) and Samford (91) are the other top 100 programs heading to Kiawah Island.
Southern Conference Golfer of the Week Jordan Britt (Chattanooga, Tenn.) leads the Mocs into the event. She is joined by Emily McLennan (Queensland, Australia), Agathe Sauzon (Valence, France), Isabella Loza (Bucaramanga, Colombia) and Porsche Campbell (Vancouver, Canada).
Play starts with 18 holes Sunday. All 36 teams play both courses over Sunday and Monday with the top 19 vying for the win at Cougar Point and the remaining teams and individuals teeing off at Oak Point.
Click the live scoring link above to access tee times and scoring for the event.
KIAWAH ISLAND CLASSIC – MARCH 2-4
Arkansas State, Bethune-Cookman, Boston Coll., Boston U., Bucknell, Charleston Southern, (70) Chattanooga, The Citadel, (55) Coll. of Charleston, Delaware, Elon, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown, High Point, (89) Jacksonville St., (40) Kent State, Loyola Chicago, Marshall, Newberry, Niagara, UNF, Northern Kentucky, UNCG, (73) Penn St., Radford, Richmond, Rutgers, (91) Samford, St. John’s, Tennessee Tech, Towson, Troy, USC Upstate, Western Kentucky, William & Mary, Wyoming
LAST TIME OUT
Chattanooga finished 10th at the Central District Invitational. It shot two of its best rounds of the season in the opening (292) and final (291) 18’s. Agathe Sauzon and Jordan Britt tied for team-low honors at +4 (220).
The Mocs are back on the tee March 14-16 at the Insperity Lady Jag Intercollegiate at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
• The 36-team event is played at two courses at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. There is the 6,001-yard Cougar Point Course (Par 72) and 5,902-yard Oak Point Course (Par 72).
• Jordan Britt is this week’s Southern Conference Golfer of the Week for her play at the Lady Bulldog Individual and Central District Invitational. It is her first conference weekly honor. She previously won 2012 Golfer of the Month for April.
• Great start to the spring for this week’s starting lineup. All five have improved their scoring averages with their spring marks a stroke to three-and-a-half shots better than the overall.
• The Mocs are off to a good start scoring-wise with eight of their 17 rounds under 300. Last year’s squad had nine all year (33 rounds). The school record is 11 (2008-09).
• The squad is on pace for a new school scoring average record. This year’s edition is shooting 300.18 strokes per round through six events. The record for a season is 301.58 in 2010-11.
• Chattanooga has posted five of the best team rounds in school history so far. The back-to-back 289’s at Starmount tie for sixth-best and were the lowest totals since shooting 278 (-10) in the final round of the 2011 JMU Eagle Landing Invitational. The 578 (+10) through 36 holes was a new school best topping 581 (+5) at the 2011 JMU Eagle Landing Invitational. The opening round 291 at the Central District Invite is tied for 10th and the 292’s at the Mercedes-Benz Championship and Central District are tied for 13th.
• The Mocs are -5 on par 5’s this season. The team is -16 over its last 12 rounds. Team averages by hole type (counters only): Par 3 (3.20), Par 4 (4.26) & Par 5 (4.98).
• Britt already set a school season record. She has three eagles which is one better than the previous record of two posted by Sauzon (2012-13), Mette Kryger (2011-12) and Marion Duvernay (2010-11). Britt had two at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate. The five in her career is another record.
• Britt is second all-time with 16 career par or better rounds. Emma de Groot (2008-11) is first with 32. Jordan passed former teammate Christine Wolf (2008-11) who had 15.
• Britt has three top 5’s (6 career) and four top 10’s (8) in 2013-14.
• Chattanooga has won four straight conference titles and competed in six consecutive NCAA Regionals in the six years of the program’s existence.
• McLennan paces her squad in birdies (43) and par 5 scoring (4.92).
• Sauzon leads in par 3 scoring (3.21).
• Britt is the team leader in scoring (74.05), pars (231), par or better holes (78.4%), fewest bogeys (64), fewest scores higher than bogey (10) and par 4 scoring (4.15).
• Chattanooga has one win in six starts capturing the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic. It won by two over Campbell. It’s the 15th tourney title in the six-plus years of the program.
• Sauzon led the way at Starmount Forest Country Club earning her second win. She tallied a three-under par 210 winning by three strokes. Sauzon and Emma de Groot (2008-11) are the only multiple winners for the Mocs.
• The 876 winning score at the Starmount Fall Classic is third lowest total behind 859 (-5) at the 2011 JMU Eagle Landing Invite and 866 (+2) for the 2009 JMU Eagle Landing Invite.
• The Mocs’ 54-hole mark of 885 at the Central District is tied for seventh-best total in school history.GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page or on Twitter. Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.