Chattanooga in Fourth after 36 in Florida
Moa Duf tied her career-best round of 71 in today's second 18.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team is in fourth place after 36 holes Saturday afternoon at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida.  Chattanooga opened at 299 then followed by tying its' season-best total of 293 to stand at 592 heading into Sunday's final round.

No. 24 Florida State is the leader at 577 (+17).  No. 12 Michigan State lies in second three shots back at 580, while No. 18 Florida is five strokes ahead of the Mocs in third at 587.  UTC is three shots clear of fifth-place Notre Dame at 595.

Emma de Groot leads the Mocs tied for fifth at four-over par 144.  Christine Wolf is tied for 19th at 148, while Moa Duf's career-high tying 71 (+1) in round two places her tied for 23rd at 149.  Maria Juliana Loza rounds out the scoring at 151, tied for 30th.

The Mocs played their first 18 holes at 299, 19-over par.  That put them in fifth-place, two shots behind No. 24 Florida State and four strokes North of No. 23 Texas A&M.

A 71 (+1) by de Groot paced the morning effort and was tied for fifth heading into round two.  Wolf's 74 (+4) was next, followed by Loza (76) and Duf (78).  Wolf was tied for 16th after 18 holes.

Chattanooga was even better in round two.  The Mocs' 293 matched their season-best total set on September 15 in the final round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge.  It also tied for the ninth-best round in school history.

Duf led the way in the afternoon with her 71.  Two shots separated the Mocs' other three counters as de Groot shot 73, Wolf, 74, and Loza, 75.

Michigan State's Laura Kueny is the individual leader after rounds of 73 and 68 to stand at 143 (+1).  FSU's Jessica Negron and Mia Piccio of Florida are tied for second at 142 (+2).  Lurking just three shots back is de Groot as she is tied for fifth with two others.

A shotgun start awaits at 8 a.m., Sunday morning.  Chattanooga tees off of holes four through six partnered with Notre Dame and Nebraska.

LEADERBOARD

1) No. 24 Florida State

297-280

577 (+17)

2) No. 12 Michigan State

294-286

580 (+20)

3) No. 18 Florida

295-292

587 (+27)

4) Chattanooga

299-293

592 (+32)

5) Notre Dame

295-300

595 (+35)

6) Nebraska

306-293

599 (+39)

7) UCF

306-297

603 (+43)

8) No. 23 Texas A&M

303-301

604 (+44)

9) UNC Greensboro

304-305

609 (+49)

10) USF

307-304

611 (+51)

11) Georgia State

312-300

612 (+52)

12) Furman

307-306

613 (+53)

13) Florida International

306-313

619 (+59)

14) Georgetown

314-308

622 (+62)

15) Florida Atlantic

321-321

842 (+82)

Mocs:

   

T5) Emma de Groot

71-73

144 (+4)

T19) Christine Wolf

74-74

148 (+8)

T23) Moa Duf

78-71

149 (+9)

T30) Maria Juliana Loza

76-75

151 (+11)

 

NOTES:

>The Mocs played with No. 24 Florida State and Georgia State.

>The team played with just four players today as senior Katie Taylor needed to stay home to tend to her studies...The 4.0 GPA psychology major will rejoin the lineup at the Southern Conference Championship April 18-20 in Hilton Head, S.C.

>The second round 293 (+13) ties the low round of the season (Golfweek Conference Challenge - 9/15)...The opening 299 (+19) is the 7th low round of 2009-10.

>Front Nine (Counters by Round):  +20 (+14/+6/-)...Emma de Groot +1 through 36 holes on the front nine.

>Back Nine:  +12 (+5/+7/-)...Moa Duf +2 on the day on this side.

>Junior Emma de Groot is looking for her 4th top 5 of the season...three shots off the pace, de Groot has four career wins...She is one of 12 top 100 golfers in the field ranking 38th nationally...de Groot leads all but three of those student-athletes.

>Sophomore Moa Duf's 71 ties for her career-best round (2009 JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational)...Previous low round this season was a 74 (JMU/Eagle Landing Inv.)...13 pars in second round is a new season high as is carding 15 par or better holes...Tied for 4th lowest round by a Moc in 2009-10.

>Junior Christine Wolf's twin 74s tie for her low round of the Spring (John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate.

>Birdies (Counters by Rounds):  11 (5/6/-).  Duf 4 (2/2/-), de Groot 3 (2/1/-), Wolf 3 (1/2/-), Loza 1 (0/1/-).

>Pars (Counters by Rounds):  92 (44/48/-).  de Groot 26 (13/13/-), Loza 23 (12/11/-), Wolf 23 (12/11/-), Duf 20 (7/13/-).

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