Chattanooga Women’s Golf Tied for 13th after First Round
Christine Wolf and Colette Murray consult on the 3rd tee.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team is tied for 13th after the opening round of the 2010 NCAA East Regional at Ironwood Country Club.  Chattanooga's 293 (+5) ties for its season low round.

The five-over par 293 matches the Mocs' final round at the Golfweek Conference Challenge (9/15/09) and second round at the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational (4/10/10).  It was accumulated without margin for error as the Mocs played with four golfers instead of the traditional five.

Junior Emma de Groot fired the first sub-par NCAA round by a UTC golfer with a 71 (-1).  Powered by a season-high six birdies, de Groot is tied for 20th overall.

As a team, the Mocs recorded 15 birdies as all four golfers had at least three on their round.  Fellow junior Christine Wolf was one off de Groot's pace with an even-par 72.  She is tied for 30th as 42 golfers posted par or better rounds.

Sophomore Maria Juliana Loza is tied for 54th after a 74 (+2) today. Senior Katie Taylor added a 76 (+4) as both Loza and Taylor played solidly.

No. 4 Auburn leads at eight-under par 280 as four of five Tigers shot sub-par rounds led by Carlie Yadloczky's 68 (-4).  No. 11 Pepperdine is one shot back in second at 281 (-7), while South Carolina and No. 18 Tennessee are tied for third at 283 (-5).

The key number for the Mocs is eighth place which is eight shots in front of Chattanooga with six others within that total behind the trio of Tulane, East Tennessee State and Texas Tech which are tied for sixth with the target score of 285.  The top eight teams advance to the NCAA Championship May 18-21 in Wilmington, N.C.

East Tennessee State's Nina Muehl had the round of the day with an eight-under par 64.  The trio of Katie Burnett (South Carolina), Danielle Kang (Pepperdine) and Jessica Wallace (Pepperdine) are tied for second at 67 (-5).

The Mocs tee off No. 1 tomorrow morning at 12:31 a.m., led off by Taylor.  Chattanooga is once again paired with South Carolina and Tulane.

LEADERBOARD

1) No. 4 Auburn

280

280 (-8)

2) No. 11 Pepperdine

281

281 (-7)

T3) South Carolina

283

283 (-5)

T3) No. 18 Tennessee

283

283 (-5)

5) No. 22 Florida

284

284 (-4)

T6) Tulane

285

285 (-3)

T6) East Tennessee State

285

285 (-3)

T6) Texas Tech

285

285 (-3)

9) No. 19 TCU

287

287 (-1)

T10) No. 3 Duke

290

290 (+2)

T10) Georgia State

290

290 (+2)

12) No. 15 Vanderbilt

292

292 (+4)

T13) Chattanooga

293

293 (+5)

T13) East Carolina

293

293 (+5)

15) North Carolina

294

294 (+6)

16) No. 9 Wake Forest

296

296 (+8)

T17) Campbell

297

297 (+9)

T17) College of Charleston

297

297 (+9)

19) Stetson

298

298 (+10)

T20) Washington

305

305 (+17)

T20) Furman

305

305 (+17)

22) Coastal Carolina

307

307 (+19)

23) Charleston Southern

315

315 (+27)

24) Fairleigh Dickinson

327

327 (+39)

Mocs:

   

T20) Emma de Groot

71

71 (-1)

T30) Christine Wolf

72

72 (E)

T54) Maria Juliana Loza

74

74 (+2)

T81) Katie Taylor

76

76 (+4)

QUOTES:

Head Coach Colette Murray

 

On today's round:

"I'm delighted.  We went out and did what we needed to do.  We are in contention.  There are two days left, so we have to go out and do it again.  I felt going in to the tournament that +15 is the number we need to shoot to advance and we stayed in that range today (+5)."

On who was the more valuable Wolf (Markus or Christine) today:

(Laughs) "Both.  Both count.  Both are vital to what we are trying to do.

On playing with four players this week compared to playing with four a month ago at the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational where the team was without Katie Taylor due to academic commitment:

 "It's totally different.  Nothing to do with the type of tournament we're playing.  The averages we are counting are different.  Katie's 76 was just awesome.  We all knew she had it in her and Markus got it out of her...it's why he is here."

NOTES:

>The Mocs played with South Carolina and Tulane leading the morning wave off the 10th tee.

>Today's 293 ties for the season's low round with the final round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge and the 2nd round of the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational.

>The combined 15 birdies is a season high...The previous high of 12 was in the 1st round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge and was tallied by five players rather than today's four...15 birdies is also a school record in an NCAA Regional or Final.

>The Mocs played the par 4 12th hole at -3 with three birdies and a par.

>Markus Wolf, father of Mocs junior Christine Wolf, is serving as an assistant coach this week...His focus is on aiding senior Katie Taylor through her round...Taylor shot a season-low 76 today (average was 85.2 entering today)...Lowest round since 74 (+2) in the final round of the 2008 Samford University Women's Intercollegiate (3/18/10).

>Junior Emma de Groot's 71 is her 10th par or better round of the season, 25th of her career...The 10 par or better rounds are a season-best total for de Groot...71 ties for the fifth-best individual round for Mocs golfer this season...Her six birdies today is a new high topping the five she and Christine Wolf recorded earlier this season (twice each)...Today she was named Southern Conference April Golfer of the Month.

>Junior Christine Wolf's level par 72 is her 4th par or better round of 2009-10, 9th of her career...the four such rounds are also a season best...The 72 is one of 20 rounds this season at 72 or lower for the Mocs.

>Sophomore Maria Juliana Loza has scored 74 in three of her last four rounds.

>Front Nine (Counters by Round):  +2 (+2/-/-)...Emma de Groot and Christine Wolf were even on Holes 1-9 while Maju Loza and Katie Taylor were each +1.

>Back Nine:  +3 (+3/-/-)...de Groot was -1 on Holes 10-18 today.

>Birdies (Counters by Rounds):  15 (15/-/-).  de Groot 6 (6/-/-), Loza 3 (3/-/-), Taylor 3 (3/-/-), Wolf 3 (3/-/-).

>Pars (Counters by Rounds):  37 (19/-/-).  Wolf 12 (12/-/-), Loza 10 (10/-/-), Taylor 8 (8/-/-), de Groot 7 (7/-/-).

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