De Groot Earns Bid to NCAA Golf East Region

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. After a sensational year on the golf course, Chattanooga freshman Emma de Groot was awarded a bid to the NCAA East Regional next week as an individual.


De Groot led the Lady Mocs to five team tournament wins netting nine top 10 finishes that included medalist honors in two events and runner-up status in three more. She is ranked 66th by Golfstat and had been as high as 29th during the season.


"This is quite an honor for a freshman," Lady Mocs Head Coach Colette Murray said.


Three regional tournaments will be conducted May 8-10 to determine the championships field.  Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships competition, and all national championships policies will apply. A total of 324 participants have been selected for regional competition.  Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals.  Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.


The East Regional will be hosted by the University of Georgia. The UGA Golf Course has been the site of three national championships in women’s golf the 1981 AIAWs, 1983 NCAAs and the 1993 NCAAs. In addition, UGA annually hosts the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, one of the oldest women’s intercollegiate events in any sport.


East Regional

The East regional will be played May 8-10 at the UGA Golf Course, Athens, Georgia, hosted by the University of Georgia.  Conference automatic qualifiers are indicated in parenthesis next to the institution.
1. Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
2. Florida ( Southeastern Conference)
3. Georgia
4. Auburn
5. Wake Forest
6. Tennessee
7. Virginia
8. New Mexico (Mountain West Conference)
9. Vanderbilt
10. Louisville
11. South Carolina
12. Furman (Southern Conference)
13. East Carolina
14. Georgia State
15. UCF
16. Missouri
17. Indiana
18. North Carolina-Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association)
19. Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
20. Charleston Southern (Big South Conference)
21. Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)


1. Dori Carter, Mississippi
2. Emma Degroot, Chattanooga
3. Paula Hurtado, Florida International

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