Mocs, de Groot Win SoCon Championship
2011 SoCon Champs: Marion Duvernay, Maria Juliana Loza, Christine Wolf, Emma de Groot, Jordan Britt, Yushira Budhram & Colette Murray
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.---Emma de Groot (Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia) led Chattanooga to its second straight Southern Conference Championship Tuesday at Moss Creek Golf Club.  de Groot won her first SoCon title shooting three-over par 219 as the Mocs dominated the field winning by 30 shots.

"I couldn't be more delighted with today's round," said head coach Colette Murray.  "We stayed focused, played through some difficulties and won it the right way."

It's the sixth career win for de Groot, but the first of 2010-11.  She led at the end of each day, although the final round was not easy.  She struggled a bit with three early bogeys before nearly holing her tee shot on the par three seventh making a tap-in birdie.

She rattled off birdies at 10, 12 and 14 to get back to even for her round.  Those were big birdies because she had to fend off a charge from her teammate, Jordan Britt (Chattanooga, Tenn.).

Britt had five birdies on the day and was three-under par standing on the tee at 18.  Behind her, de Groot had bogeys at 15 and 16 to let the freshman within two shots of the lead.  Britt bogeyed the closing hole as de Groot parred in for the win.

It was an impressive three days for Britt.  She played her final 36 holes at one over to claim second place by herself at 222 (+6).  She and de Groot tied for the tournament lead with 11 total birdies.

"Emma probably felt some nerves early," added Murray.  "But she relied on her experience being there so many times before to finish strong.  Jordan played a wonderful round today.  I could not be more proud."

The Mocs placed four in the top 10.  Maria Juliana Loza (Bucaramanga, Colombia) tied for fifth at 230 (+14) after a strong level par round of 72 today.  Christine Wolf (Igls, Austria) ended up tied for seventh at 231 (+15) for the third top 10 of her career in the event.

"Maju was just Maju," smiled Murray.  "What a great round for her and Christine just really battled.  She had some issues on the tee and putts just weren't falling but she was a grinder today with a solid round.  No surprise there."

Chattanooga won by 30 shots which is the most since 2005 when Furman won by 33 over Elon on its home course.  The Mocs shot 900 with a final round tally of 292.  College of Charleston was second at 930 followed by Furman in third at 934.

The win was the Mocs' second league crown and 11th in the four years of the program's existence.  It's the fourth tourney victory of the year which ties the 2007-08 inaugural season for most wins in a campaign.

Chattanooga swept the major awards as well.  Murray and de Groot were named SoCon Coach and Player of the Year, respectively.  de Groot, Wolf and Loza were tabbed to the All-SoCon team, while Duvernay, Britt and Yushira Budhram (Johannesburg, South Africa) made the all-freshman team.

LEADERBOARD

1) Chattanooga

303-305-292

900 (+36)

2) College of Charleston

313-312-305

930 (+66)

3) Furman

320-311-303

934 (+70)

4) Western Carolina

323-311-302

936 (+72)

5) Elon

321-319-309

949 (+85)

6) UNC Greensboro

311-319-326

956 (+92)

7) Samford

323-325-319

967 (+103)

8) Wofford

332-326-317

975 (+111)

9) Appalachian State

331-319-329

979 (+115)

10) The Citadel

346-351-352

1049 (+121)

Mocs:

   

1) Emma de Groot

74-71-74

219 (+3)

2) Jordan Britt

77-75-70

222 (+6)

T5) Maria Juliana Loza

78-80-72

230 (+14)

T7) Christine Wolf

75-80-76

231 (+15)

T26) Marion Duvernay

77-79-86

242 (+26)

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