CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf program is off to South Carolina's Low Country for the 17th Southern Conference Championship at Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Chattanooga, the top-ranked team in the field at No. 36, looks to end Furman's two-year hold on the title.
The Paladins have won 13 of the 16 crowns since women's golf began competing for a championship in 1994. This is the first time since 1996-97 (Greensboro) that the tournament has been played in the same city in consecutive years.
Emma de Groot leads the Mocs into the 2010 championship on a high note as she captured medalist honors at the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational last weekend. That win helped earn her a third SoCon Golfer of the Week award this Spring.
A native of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia, de Groot is ranked No. 34 nationally by Golfstat. She leads the Mocs with a 73.92 stroke average and is a strong contender for league Player of the Year along with Furman's Stefanie Konoyer.
Maria Juliana Loza (76.76) and Christine Wolf (77.24) are key to the Mocs efforts. Wolf's top 20 last weekend in Gainesville, Fla., was a great sign for her, and Loza has been steady throughout the Spring.
WHO: Moa Duf. Moa is coming off her best finish of the season tying for 31st at the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational where she tied her career-best score with a 71 in the second round.
WHAT: Southern Conference Championship - 54 holes (18 per day)
WHEN: Sunday, April 18, through Tuesday, April 18. Live scoring link can be found on GoMocs.com on the schedule page.
WHERE: Moss Creek Golf Club; Hilton Head Island, S.C. Par 72, 6,050 yards. Furman is the defending champion.
HOW: The Mocs have placed fifth and second, respectively, over their first two seasons at the SoCon Championship. Chattanooga is 4-0 against SoCon opponents in 2009-10 (2-0 vs. Furman, 1-0 vs. Elon, 1-0 vs. UNC Greensboro)
FIELD: Appalachian State, College of Charleston, CHATTANOOGA, The Citadel, Elon, Furman, UNC Greensboro, Samford, Western Carolina, Wofford
FIELD WITH RANKINGS (Golfstat/Golfweek): Appalachian State (171/163), College of Charleston (70/65), CHATTANOOGA (36/44), The Citadel (226/231), Elon (97/102), Furman (50/51), UNC Greensboro (71/70), Samford (128/129), Western Carolina (86/85), Wofford (151/151)GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs, or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/GoMocs.