ONEONTA, Ala. – Freshman Emma de Groot fired a tournament-low 68 on Tuesday to claim top honors at the Samford University Women’s Intercollegiate and lead the Lady Mocs to a second place finish at the par-71, 5,808 yard Limestone Springs Golf Club in Oneonta, Ala.
Chattanooga shot a 901 in the three-round two-day event while Tulsa who led wire-to-wire, finished 17 strokes up with an 884. Jacksonville State was third with a 913 while Missouri State and Illinois finished fourth with a 915. Murray State was sixth followed by Bradley and Samford in seventh. Belmont was ninth and South Alabama finished 10th.
De Groot, who was tied for second after two rounds on Monday and charged back to win her first collegiate tournament. She tallied 34 pars in the 54-hole tournament with 13 birdies and led the field in par 4 and par 5 scoring.
Chattanooga freshman Christine Wolf finished tied for 10th with a 227 and teammate sophomore Katie Taylor, who led the field in Par 3 scoring, was two strokes back in a tie for 13th. Sophomore Kayla Stewart, who recorded an Eagle on Monday, was the fourth Chattanooga finisher with a 234 and freshman walk-on Milla Junni rounded out the scoring with a 265.
The win is the first for de Groot who has eight top 10 finishes including three runner-ups and one third place finish. The Lady Mocs will return to action March 31 at the Larry Nelson Collegiate Invitational hosted by Kennesaw State at the Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga.