Chattanooga in 12th, de Groot Top 10 in Texas through 36 Holes
Emma de Groot's 72 led the Mocs in round two as she moved into a tie for 10th.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

AUSTIN, Texas --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team made a move up the leaderboard, both individually and as a team, Saturday afternoon at the University of Texas Golf Club.  Chattanooga shot the sixth-best round of the day with a 301.

The Mocs moved from 15th to 12th passing No. 24 UC Davis, Washington and Oklahoma out-scoring all three by more than 10 shots.  UTC is one shot behind Northwestern in 11th and three shots shy of 10th-place Notre Dame.

Junior Emma de Groot moved to a tie for 10th after her even-par 72.  Through 36 holes, de Groot's 147 (+3) leaves her five shots behind leaders Stephanie Kono (UCLA) and Sarah Zwartynski (Texas A&M) at two-under par 142.

No. 1 UCLA leads the event after today's 290 puts the Bruins at 585 (+9), one shot clear of No. 7 Arizona (586).  No. 25 Texas A&M is in third at 589.

Maria Juliana Loza and Moa Duf each shot 76 (+4) for their second rounds, while Christine Wolf rounded out the team scoring with a 77, while Katie Taylor carded an 84.

Loza is tied for 34th at 153.  She is tied or ahead of 11 players currently ranked in the Golfstat top 100 including being tied with No.6 Jodi Ewart of New Mexico.

The final round is a shotgun start that begins at 9:45 a.m. (ET).  The Mocs are paired with Northwestern and Notre Dame starting on holes 10 (Loza, de Groot), 11 (Wolf, Duf) and 12 (Taylor).

LEADERBOARD

1) No. 1 UCLA

295-290

585 (+9)

2) No. 7 Arizona

301-285

586 (+10)

3) No. 25 Texas A&M

299-290

589 (+13)

4) No. 22 TCU

298-301

599 (+23)

5) Oregon

299-302

601 (+25)

T6) Texas

296-306

602 (+26)

T6) No. 17 Vanderbilt

300-302

602 (+26)

T6) No. 10 Stanford

302-300

602 (+26)

9) No. 23 New Mexico

305-300

605 (+29)

10) Notre Dame

303-310

613 (+37)

11) Northwestern

301-314

615 (+39)

12) Chattanooga

315-301

616 (+40)

13) Washington

305-315

620 (+44)

14) No. 24 UC Davis

311-313

624 (+48)

15) Oklahoma

313-317

630 (+54)

16) Tulsa

317-319

636 (+60)

Mocs:

   

T10) Emma de Groot

75-72

147 (+3)

T34) Maria Juliana Loza

77-76

153 (+9)

T63) Moa Duf

82-76

158 (+14)

T69) Christine Wolf

82-77

159 (+15)

T83) Katie Taylor

81-84

165 (+21)

NOTES:

>Chattanooga started on the 10th hole and was paired with Tulsa and various individuals.

>15 of the 16 teams in the field are ranked in the top 50 including Chattanooga at No. 44...Oklahoma is the only team on the outside of the top 50...Three top 10 teams including No. 1 UCLA along with five others in the top 25...The Mocs beat six teams ranked higher than their No. 44 including two in the top 25 - No. 17 Vandy (302) and No. 24 UC Davis (313).

>The Mocs recorded just one hole with a score higher than bogey (double bogey) in its 90 holes today which is a new season low.

>Today's 301 is the second best of the Spring...Eighth lowest of the season.

>Chattanooga started on No. 10 and was four-over par at the turn, nine-over coming in...Through 36 holes, the Mocs are +20 on both nines.

>Emma de Groot is ranked No. 46 nationally on Golfstat...She is one of 27 top 100 players in the field and 15 in the top 50...Four of the top 10 are competing led by No. 3 Marina Alex of Vandy...Tied for 10th, de Groot leads or is tied 21 of the 27 including No. 8 Sydnee Michaels (UCLA) by two strokes and No. 6 Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) six.

>One round after posting zero bogeys (two doubles), de Groot had just one today...She has parred Holes No. 1-9 both days...The junior has 31 pars in 36 holes...Her high for one tourney this season is 39 (JMU/Eagle Landing)...Third 72 on the season...Sixth par or better round.

>Maria Juliana Loza's 76 included two birdies, 10 pars and six bogeys...Maju and Emma are the only Mocs to count in 21 rounds this season.

>Loza, de Groot, Moa Duf and Christine Wolf each avoided scores higher than a bogey today...That gives the Mocs 44 rounds with no worse than a bogey this season...Loza is looking to become just the second Mocs golfer to record no worse than bogey for 54 holes this season.

>Moa Duf's 76 is her second lowest round since returning to the starting lineup this Spring.

>Birdies (Counters by Round):  12 (5/7/-).  Wolf 4 (2/2/-), de Groot 2 (1/1/-), Duf 3 (1/2/-), Loza 2 (0/2/-), Taylor 1 (1/0/-).

>Pars (Counters by Round):  86 (41/45/-).  de Groot 31 (15/16/-), Loza 23 (13/10/-), Duf 19 (9/10/-), Wolf 18 (9/9/-), Taylor 16 (9/7/-).

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