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15th Annual UTC Porky's Open
Mocs Defend SoCon Championship Beginning Sunday in Hilton Head Island
Junior Maria Juliana Loza returns to the lineup for the SoCon Championship.
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CHATTANOOGA WOMEN'S GOLF
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
APRIL 17-19, 2011
MOSS CREEK GOLF CLUB, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. 

TOURNAMENT FIELD
Appalachian State, College of Charleston, CHATTANOOGA, The Citadel, Elon, Furman, Samford, UNC Greensboro, Western Carolina, Wofford

Team Rankings (4/13)

Golfstat

Golfweek

Appalachian State

153

143

College of Charleston

84

85

CHATTANOOGA

35

33

The Citadel

217

220

Elon

122

125

Furman

62

61

Samford

144

137

UNC Greensboro

123

123

Western Carolina

72

80

Wofford

149

148

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: April 17-19
Location: Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Format: 54 Holes (18 per day)
Course: Moss Creek Golf Club (Par 72/6,050 yards)
No. of Teams: 10
Defending Champ: CHATTANOOGA (306-297-299=902, +38)
Medalist: Yue Xu, Appalachian State (69-72-76=217, +1)

SCORING HISTORY AT MOSS CREEK

SCHOOL

2009

2010

AVG

CHATTANOOGA

938

902

920.0

Furman

916

931

923.5

College of Charleston

961

910

935.5

UNC Greensboro

962

918

940.0

Elon

955

945

950.0

Samford

985

930

957.5

Western Carolina

971

945

958.0

Wofford

976

963

969.5

Appalachian State

1003

946

974.5

The Citadel

1049

1058

1053.5

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG.

SPRING

Emma de Groot

74.13

73.33

Christine Wolf

74.50

74.58

Maria Juliana Loza

76.29

76.11

Marion Duvernay

76.83

Same

Jordan Britt

77.75

78.42

TEAM

300.67

299.75

HEAD COACH
COLETTE MURRAY (Jacksonville State '04) is in her fourth year as a head coach, all at Chattanooga.  She re-started a program that had been discontinued in the 1980's.  The Mocs have 10 team titles with seven medalists under her watch.

Year

Wins

Losses

Ties

Titles

2007-08

113

45

3

4

2008-09

86

89

2

2

2009-10

94

70

3

1

2010-11

85

49

3

3

Total

378

253

11

10

LAST TIME OUT
The Mocs struggled at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic against a stellar field.  The tourney used a best ball format which placed UTC 23rd. Under the traditional format (used for rankings & records), the Mocs were 20th.  Emma de Groot (Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia) led tying for 47th at 229 (+13). That beat the top two ranked players on Golfstat at the time in LSU's Megan McChrystal and Duke's Lindy Duncan.

NEXT UP
NCAA Regionals are May 5-7 in Daytona Beach, Fla., Notre Dame, Ind., or Seattle, Wash.

 

NOTES TO KNOW

  • Mocs are defending SoCon Champions. In previous two years at Moss Creek, UTC has a first and second.
  • Chattanooga has won three of its last five events. The three wins is one shy of the school record of four in 2007-08, the program's inaugural season.
  • Chattanooga Records at Moss Creek:

Category

Team

Individual

Low 18

 297 (2nd), 2010

71 (2nd), Christine Wolf, 2010

36

603, 2010

148, Emma de Groot, 2010

54

902, 2010

220, Emma de Groot, 2010

  • The Mocs now have 10 team titles and seven medalists. Emma de Groot has won five times with the last coming in a playoff at the 2010 SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational. Colette Murray (2008-present) re-started the program after it was discontinued in the mid-1980s. UTC has been in NCAA regionals the first three years (individual in 2008 - de Groot) and earned a berth in the 2009 finals.
  • de Groot has four top five finishes in her last five starts.
  • Scoring by hole type with national ranking:

 Scoring

Team

Rank

Individual

Par 5

5.03

19

Maju Loza, 4.88 (42nd)

Par 4

4.29

39

Emma de Groot, 4.14 (57th)

Par 3

3.22

33

Christine Wolf, 3.11 (86th)

  • The women's golf program recorded a 3.65 GPA in the Fall semester which not only ranked No. 1 amongst the athletics programs at UTC (11 had GPAs of 3.0 or higher), but it is also the best team semester on record. Every Mocs golfer earned Dean's List and the Athletic Director's Honor Roll led by Maju Loza's 4.0.
  • Chattanooga has claimed wins over the likes of Florida State (2-2), Georgia (1-1), Kent State (1-2), Oklahoma State (1-0), San Jose State (1-0), South Carolina (1-1), Texas A&M (1-0) and Texas Tech (3-0) this season - all of whom advanced to the 2010 NCAA Women's Championship.
  • The Mocs have been closers thus far in 2010-11 with a final round scoring average of 296.13. That's an improvement of more than seven shots from the first round average (303.75) and six strokes better than the second (302.13). de Groot leads with a final round scoring average of 72.75 which is more than two shots better than her total of the first two round combined (74.81).
  • de Groot and Wolf are the first recruiting class to go through the program from freshman to graduation.
  • UTC's first event, the Labor Day Shootout, was shortened to 27 holes. Since the standings were decided by 27 holes (scoring avg not computed per hole), the event is not included in the Mocs' averages for 2010-11. It was played at the famed TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course. For the record, all five Mocs, and Murray in the practice round, found dry land on each tee shot on the infamous No. 17 island green.
  • The Mocs beat two top 25 programs finishing 10th at the Landfall Tradition at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. UTC carded rounds of 309, 303 and 299 to shoot 911 topping No. 18 South Carolina by eight and No. 23 Oklahoma State by 13. Jordan Britt (Dayton, Tenn.) shot a career-low 69 (-3) in the final round to lead the Mocs tying for 11th at 222 (+6).
  • Chattanooga claimed its first win of 2010-11 at the Lady Paladin Invitational at Furman G.C. It won going away by 14 shots over Georgia State shooting rounds of 305-308-302. Three Mocs finished in the top 15 led by de Groot in fourth at 228. Wolf (t5th) and Britt (t14th) joined her in the top 15. UTC topped three SoCon programs - Furman (24), Samford (38) and Wofford (51) - by a combined 113 strokes. The Mocs also beat in-state rivals ETSU and Middle Tennessee by 31 and 40 shots, respectively.
  • The Mocs won their 2nd straight event opening the spring with a 9-stroke win over Coastal Carolina. Augusta State was third, 13 shots off the pace, while Florida State wound up fourth, 14 back. No. 12 Georgia started the event but did not complete after trailing by 20 strokes through 36 holes. Three Mocs claimed top 10 finishes led by Yushira Budhram (Johannesburg, South Africa) in second at level par 219. She was one shot off the pace set by Augusta State's Casey Kennedy. de Groot ended up fourth, while Wolf was seventh with a closing round 69 (-4). UTC beat SoCon rivals Furman and Western Carolina by 24 and 35 shots, respectively.
  • The Mocs won their third tournament of the year dominating the field at the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational. UTC won by 33 shots over second-place East Carolina shooting 859 (-5). Wolf won her first collegiate medalist honor at minus seven, 209. She set several school and tourney records including low round (66, -6), 36-hole (141, -3) and 54-hole totals (209, -7). That led UTC to new records of round (278, -10), 36 holes (581, +5) and 54 holes (859, -5). The event included five 2010 NCAA Regional qualifiers.

PLAYER NOTES
Senior Emma de Groot

  • SoCon Golfer of the Week (Mar. 9) & March Golfer of the Month. 3-time All-SoCon performer.
  • 2010-11 Golf World Player to Watch.
  • Nationally-ranked No. 66 (Golfweek/Sagarin) & No. 86 (Golfstat). No. 67 in R&A World Amateur Rankings.
  • 5 career wins. 5 top 10s this season, 23 career (42 starts). 4 top 5s this season, 19 career.
  • Leads team with a 74.13 stroke average.
  • Squad leader with six par or better rounds. Has 31 in her career. Team lead in pars (295), 2nd in birdies (55). Fewest scores higher than bogey (9).
  • Counted in 121 of 123 career team rounds - 25 of 26 this season.
  • Best finish is 2nd at JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational (213, -3) - also low 54-hole total. Career-best 67 (-5) in final round at JMU/Eagle Landing Invite.
  • Season highs for birdies: 10 tournament (Kinderlou Forest/JMU Eagle Landing), 6 in a round (JMU/Eagle Landing Inv. 3rd).
  • 9 consecutive rounds with 11 or more pars. Season highs: 15 pars in 2nd round at SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational and 40 total for the tourney. 20 total rounds with 11 or more pars.
  • No scores in higher than bogey in 10 straight rounds and 195 consecutive holes (3rd hole, Kinderlou Forest, 2nd round). No score higher than bogey in 15 of her last 17 rounds.
  • 10 rounds with 15 or more par or better holes.

Senior Christine Wolf

  • SoCon Golfer of the Week (Mar. 16).
  • No. 88 in Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
  • Leads team in birdies (59) & fewest bogeys (91) as well as most rounds in the 60s (3).
  • 2nd on team in scoring avg. (74.50), pars (290) and five par or better rounds (15 career).
  • 1 win (JMU/Eagle Landing), five top 10 finishes (13 career), three top 5.
  • Set every Mocs scoring record in her win at JMU/Eagle Landing. Low round: 66 (-6), 36 holes: 141 (-3) and 54 holes: 209 (-7). Recorded career-high 14 birdies (8 in 2nd round) at JMU/Eagle Landing Invite playing 47 of the 54 holes par or better.
  • Beat 10 top 100 golfers tying for 22nd at the Landfall Tradition.
  • Tied team-best with 16 pars in a round (Lady Paladin Invite).

Junior Maria Juliana Loza

  • 2nd on the squad in pars/round (11.86).
  • Tied career-low round with a 69 (-3) during the 2nd round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship. It included 4 birdies, 13 pars and one lone bogey.
  • Best finish is 2nd at JU Labor Day Shootout (27 holes). Best 54-hole finish is 6th at JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational (219, +3).
  • Best 54-hole total is 218 (+2) tying for 15th at Mercedes-Benz Women's Championship.
  • 4 birdies (Mercedes-Benz 2) and 15 pars (Mercedes-Benz Final) are season bests.
  • Counted in 20 of 23 rounds.
  • Twice recorded 40 or more pars with a team-high of 41 at Mercedes-Benz. Had 40 in the win at JMU/Eagle Landing Invite playing 46 of 54 holes at par or better. Team low 6 bogeys at Mercedes-Benz (47 of 54 holes par/better).

Freshman Jordan Britt

  • Topped 17 top 100 golfers tying for 11th at Landfall Tradition including one top 10 (Stephanie Kono, UCLA) and Tennessee Amateur Champ Calle Nielson (Virginia).
  • Season-best 69 (-3) in the final round at Landfall.
  • Tied for 14th in the Fall's final event helping key team's win at the Lady Paladin Invitational.
  • T12 missing top 10 by single shot at JMU/Eagle Landing Invite (222, +6) playing as an individual. Her 54-hole total tied for season-best (Landfall Tradition).
  • 6 birdies in the final round at the Landfall Tradition is season high as is 11 total birdies.
  • 6 rounds with 3 or more birdies (3 w/5 or more).

Freshman Marion Duvernay

  • Mid-season enrollee eligible immediately.
  • Leads team with two eagles.
  • Opened her career with a level par 73 at Kinderlou playing as an individual.
  • 2 par or better rounds with a low of 71 (-1) in final round at JMU/Eagle Landing Invite.
  • Tied team-high 16 pars in 1st round at JMU/Eagle Landing.
  • Season highs: three birdies (twice) in a round, six total (SunTrust Gator).

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