CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The Chattanooga Mocs women’s golf team is headed to Auburn, Ala., for the NCAA East Regional May 9-11. The tourney is at the Auburn University Club in Auburn.
Three days and 54 holes await 24 teams and six individuals vying for the NCAA Championship May 21-24 in Athens, Ga. The top eight teams and two individuals on non-advancing squads will move on the UGA Golf Course.
But first it starts at Auburn where an elite field gathers. Chattanooga joins the likes of defending National Champion No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Arkansas, No. 8 UCLA, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 12 Virginia, No. 18 Oklahoma State, No. 20 Tulane, No. 23 Texas and 16 more in the East Regional.
UTC is in its fifth straight regional as a team. The program, which was built from scratch by Head Coach Colette Murray beginning with the 2007-08 season, has been a part of NCAA postseason play all six years of its existence since its resurrection after being ended in the mid-1980’s.
For the fourth straight year, UTC won the Southern Conference Championship. The Mocs also captured the individual title for the third year in a row as sophomore newcomer Agathe Sauzon (Valence, France) won with a birdie on the first playoff hole over Mary Chandler Bryan from College of Charleston.
The lineup includes five of Sauzon, Jordan Britt (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Porsche Campbell (Vancouver, Canada), Mette Kryger (Nivaa, Denmark), Isabella Loza (Bucaramanga, Colombia) and Emily McLennan (Queensland, Australia). Only Britt (2011, 2012) and Kryger (2012) have experience in NCAA postseason play.
NCAA EAST REGIONAL
Auburn University Club, Auburn, Ala.
NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL
Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course, Norman, Okla.
NCAA WEST REGIONAL
Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif.
San Jose State
North Dakota State
CHATTANOOGA WOMEN’S GOLF NCAA POSTSEASON HISTORY
2008: Individual, Emma De Groot, East Regional, Athens, Ga., T17th of 111, 73-76-74=223
2009: Team, Central Regional, Columbus, Ohio, 8th of 21, 303-299-320=922
2009: FINALS, Caves Valley, Md., 21st of 24, 316-307-305-320=1248
2010: Team, East Regional, Greenville, N.C., 18th of 24, 293-301-316=910
2011: Team, Central Regional, Notre Dame, Ind., 12th of 24, 303-309-305=917
2012: Team, East Regional, State College, Pa., 19th of 24, 311-306-302=919