BRASELTON, Ga. – Freshman Emma de Groot claimed medalist honors for the second straight tournament to lead the Lady Mocs to their first spring tournament victory and fourth overall as Chattanooga won the inaugural Larry Nelson Collegiate Invitational hosted by Kennesaw State University.
Chattanooga fired a third round 303 to combat a six-stroke deficit after round two on the 6,000-yard 71-par Chateau Course, to finish with a 928. That was three strokes better than South Alabama at 931 and future Southern Conference member Samford who carded a 933 team score. Belmont was fourth with a 947 and Central Arkansas was one stroke back in fifth with a 948. The other SoCon school in the tournament, Wofford, was sixth overall with a 950 team score.
De Groot, ranked 29th in the latest Golfstat.com rankings, entered the day in third and shot a tournament-low 71 in the final round to finish with a 9-over 222. This is her second win of her collegiate career. She claimed the title at the Samford Intercollegiate March 17-18 and led the Lady Mocs to a second place finish.
Wolf was tied for fourth after two rounds and shot 2-over on the day for her best finish with a 12-over 225 in second place. Kayla Stewart finished tied for 13th with a 234. Katie Taylor rounded out the scoring for Chattanooga with a three-round score of 247.
Belmont’s Lorie Warren shot a 1-over par in the final round to finish third and Wofford’s Alex Rankin who entered the day in a tie for first, carded back-to-back 77’s to finish fourth with a 227. Louisiana Monroe’s Angela Drane, also entering the final round tied for the top spot, finished fifth with a three-round total of 228.
The Lady Mocs will travel to Stanford, Calif., to participate in the Peg Barnard California Collegiate April 11-12. The Southern Conference tournament is set for April 20-22 at the Patriot’s Point Golf Course in Charleston, S.C.