Chattanooga Womenís Golf Leads by Eight after First Round
Emma de Groot as her birdie putt falls at 16.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.---The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team got off to a good start in defending its Southern Conference Championship, taking the lead after 18 holes at Moss Creek Golf Club.  Chattanooga's 303 (+15) is eight shots ahead of second-place UNC Greensboro at 311.

Senior Emma de Groot (Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia) is the first round leader with a two-over par score of 74.  She is one shot clear of a trio of golfers at 75 (+3) including teammate Christine Wolf (Igls, Austria) in second.

All five Mocs are ranked in the top 11.  Freshmen Jordan Britt (Dayton, Tenn.) and Marion Duvernay (Publier, France) are tied for fifth at plus five (77).  Junior Maria Juliana Loza is another shot back tied for 11th at 78 (+6).

Chattanooga was +13 at the turn, but found its stride on the back side.  Britt posted birdies at 11, 14 and 15 to get back to plus three before finishing at 77.  de Groot, Wolf and Loza all birdied the par four 16th as UTC carded six of its 10 birdies on the final nine.

The Mocs return to the course Monday at 10:30 a.m., with Loza teeing off No. 1.  She'll be followed by Duvernay (10:40), Britt (10:50), Wolf (11:00) and de Groot (11:10).  UTC will play with UNC Greensboro and College of Charleston. Live scoring can be found on the women's golf schedule page on


1) Chattanooga


303 (+15)

2) UNC Greensboro


311 (+23)

3) College of Charleston


313 (+25)

4) Furman


320 (+32)

5) Elon


321 (+33)

T6) Samford


323 (+35)

T6) Western Carolina


323 (+35)

8) Appalachian State


331 (+43)

9) Wofford


332 (+44)

10) The Citadel


346 (+58)



1) Emma de Groot


74 (+2)

T2) Christine Wolf


75 (+3)

T5) Marion Duvernay


77 (+5)

T5) Jordan Britt


77 (+5)

T11) Maria Juliana Loza


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