Mocs Claim Top 10 at Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational
Maju Loza's 74 spear-headed the Mocs move into the top 10.

AUSTIN, Texas --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team battled to a top 10 finish at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational Sunday afternoon at the University of Texas Golf Club.  Chattanooga, which was in 15th after the first round, ended up 10th just two shots behind No. 23 New Mexico in ninth.

"I'm really pleased with our finish," said head coach Colette Murray.  "The girls really played well in round two and kept it together in very difficult conditions today."

No. 1 UCLA captured the team title with a 54-hole total of 884.  No. 7 Arizona finished second at 890, while No. 25 Texas A&M was third at 897.

Junior Emma de Groot was the Mocs' top finisher tying for 16th at 225 (+9) following a final round 78.  Sophomore Maria Juliana Loza's 74 was the best round of the day for UTC as she ended up tied for 23rd, two shots behind de Groot at 227.

Junior Christine Wolf matched de Groot's 78 in blustery conditions today as her 237 placed her tied for 54.  Sophomore Moa Duf tied for 63rd with a score of 239, while senior Katie Taylor rounded out the lineup with a 252, tying for 85th.

The Mocs shot 612 over their last 36 holes which was seventh-best in the field.  It's a field and course that is great preparation for NCAA Regionals.

"I think we showed what we are capable of over the last two days," added Murray.  "It was great to see the way we fought after a tough first round."

Texas A&M's Sarah Zwartynski claimed medalist honors by six shots over Vandy's Marina Alex, the No. 3 ranked player in the nation.  Zwartynski's final round 71 gave her a three-under par effort of 213.  Alex ended up at 219 (+3) just ahead of the UCLA duo of Brianna Do and Stephanie Kono in third at 220 (+4).

The Mocs have a weekend off before heading to Gainesville, Fla., for the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational.  The tournament is a two-day event, April 10-11, at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at UF.


1) No. 1 UCLA


884 (+20)

2) No. 7 Arizona


890 (+26)

3) No. 25 Texas A&M


897 (+33)

4) No. 22 TCU


901 (+37)

5) Texas


907 (+43)

6) No. 10 Stanford


909 (+45)

7) No. 17 Vanderbilt


913 (+49)

8) Oregon


921 (+57)

9) No. 23 New Mexico


925 (+61)

10) Chattanooga


927 (+63)

11) Notre Dame


930 (+66)

12) Northwestern


934 (+70)

T13) Washington


938 (+74)

T13) No. 24 UC Davis


938 (+74)

15) Tulsa


946 (+82)

16) Oklahoma


953 (+89)



T16) Emma de Groot


225 (+9)

T23) Maria Juliana Loza


227 (+11)

T54) Christine Wolf


237 (+21)

T63) Moa Duf


239 (+23)

T85) Katie Taylor


252 (+36)


>Chattanooga started on holes 10-12 in a shotgun start...Was paired with Notre Dame and Northwestern...Beat the Irish by six strokes and the Wildcats by eight in jumping over both for the top 10 finish.

>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 five teams ranked higher than their own No. 44 including one in the top 25 - No. 24 UC Davis (11 strokes).

>The Mocs shot +32 on the front nine, +31 on the backside ...In its first nine today in a shotgun start, UTC was +9, +13 on its second nine.

>Maju Loza's 74 ties her low final round of the season...Her previous final round 74 was at the Golfweek Conference Challenge...Loza's low round is a 69 (-3) at JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational (2nd round)...6 total birdies for the tourney is her second highest (JMU/Eagle Landing)...4 birdies today ties season high (JMU/Eagle Landing 2nd round)...Loza had just the second tourney without carding higher than a bogey for the Mocs this season.


>Emma de Groot entered the tourney 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 16th, de Groot beat or tied 16 of the 27 including No. 6 Jodi Ewart (New Mexico) by one shot.

>de Groot's 42 pars marks a new season high besting her 39 a few weeks at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational.

>Maju and Emma are the only Mocs to count in all 22 rounds this season.

>Loza's top 25 is her third straight and possibly her best career finish based on the competition...Maju bested 13 top 100 players including five in the top 50.

>Birdies (Counters by Round):  18 (5/7/6).  Loza 6 (0/2/4), Wolf 5 (2/2/1), de Groot 3 (1/1/1), Duf 3 (1/2/0), Taylor 1 (1/0/0).

>Pars (Counters by Round):  125 (41/45/39).  de Groot 42 (15/16/11), Loza 30 (13/10/7), Wolf 30 (9/9/12), Duf 28 (9/10/9), Taylor 20 (9/7/4). is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs.  The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page,, or on Twitter,
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