Lady Mocs Golf Head to First-Ever SoCon Tournament
From left: Emma de Groot, Katie Taylor, Kayla Stewart, Christine Wolf.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. The Chattanooga women’s golf team left the McKenzie Arena Friday afternoon headed for its first-ever Southern Conference Championship April 20-22 at The Links at Stono Ferry in Hollywood, S.C.


Chattanooga boasts the league’s top golfer top-rated golfer in freshman Emma de Groot (73.43 stroke average). The Coffs Harbour, Australia native, has won two individual tournaments this season finishing in the top 10 nine out of 10 tournaments. Teammate, fellow freshman Christine Wolf, with four top-10 finishes.


The Lady Mocs, rated second by behind league-leading Furman, will try to claim their first SoCon title, but will have to get past nine teams that include the Lady Paladins and defending champion Western Carolina who defeated Furman by four strokes in last year’s rain-shortened event at Patriot’s Point Golf Link in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The Lady Catamounts are led by sophomore Desiree Karlsson who has two top-five finishes under her belt this season.


Furman, the league’s top rated team in 2008 according to Golfstat, will be looking to break a two-year drought at the event, it’s longest such dry spell since the SoCon first held a women’s golf championship in 1994. The Lady Paladins are led this season by Blair Lamb, the 2007 SoCon Tournament champion, who is the third-rated individual in the league this season with a 74.43 stroke average.


Also participating in the event is the host school, College of Charleston, which is rated second in the SoCon heading into the tournament. The Cougars’ top player, junior Steffi Kirchmayr, is the reigning league Player of the Year, and she has claimed two tournament titles this spring.


Six Southern Conference teams are ranked in the top 100 of Golfstat’s ratings, including Furman (41), College of Charleston (57), Elon (62), Chattanooga (66), UNC Greensboro (80) and Western Carolina (87).


The winner of the SoCon Championship will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, an event in which a record three SoCon schools competed in 2007.


The tournament tees off at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning, and fans can follow the action at

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