de Groot Named SoCon Freshman of the Year; Wolf All-SoCon

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Chattanooga women’s golfer Emma de Groot was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year following the Lady Mocs’ first season in more than 20 years. De Groot, along with fellow freshman Christine Wolf, were both named to the league’s All-Conference team.


De Groot, a Coffs Harbour, Australia native, posted nine top 10 finishes in her rookie year and helped lead the Lady Mocs to four team titles. She won the Samford University Intercollegiate in mid-March and followed it gaining medalist honors at the inaugural Larry Nelson Invitational hosted by Kennesaw State two weeks later. She placed second in each of the Lady Mocs’ first three tournaments and was third in the College of Charleston’s Pinehurst Challenge.


She closed out the season as the league’s top golfer with a 73.43 stroke average. She notched her best round, a 68, on the final day of the Samford Intercollegiate and posted 69 in the second round of the Suntrust Lady Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.


Wolf, an Igls, Austria native, fired a three-round 8-over par in Chattanooga’s first-ever appearance in the Southern Conference tournament to finish tied for third place. Through 28 rounds this season, she had a 76.11 stroke average and had five top 10 finishes with three more in the top 15. Her best finish was second in the Larry Nelson Invitational at the Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga., behind teammate de Groot. Her low round on the year was a 70 recorded in the second round of the Hawkeye Invitational hosted by the University of Iowa.


The pair led the Lady Mocs to a fifth place finish in the Southern Conference Championships after an incredible first year representing Chattanooga.


Player of the Year: Steffi Kirchmayr, College of Charleston


Freshmen of the Year: Emma de Groot, Chattanooga


Coach of the Year: Jen Hanna, Furman



Steffi Kirchmayr, College of Charleston

Emma de Groot, Chattanooga

Christine Wolf, Chattanooga

Danielle Mills, Elon

Samantha Widmer, Elon

Jaclyn Hilea, Furman

Stefanie Kenoyer, Furman

Blair Lamb, Furman

Ashley Mylton, UNC Greensboro

Desiree Karlsson, Western Carolina

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