CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team will learn its NCAA Regionals destination on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. The three possible locations are LPGA International Legends Course (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Warren Golf Course (Notre Dame, Ind.) and Washington National Golf Club (Auburn, Wash.). The team will gather with staff, administration and media at a site to be determined.
Chattanooga is fresh off its second straight Southern Conference Championship this past Tuesday. It received the league's automatic bid, although they were assured of a spot due to their play during the season.
"This is always an exciting day," said head coach Colette Murray. "We've played LPGA before, but it really doesn't matter where they send us. We are just ready to get started working to get back to finals.
"Monday, we find out where to prepare for," added Murray, who just won her second SoCon Coach of the Year award in as many years. "My only preference is to get to finals. No matter where we are sent, we'll give it our best shot."
Chattanooga has played at LPGA International twice over the years. It finished third in October 2007 at the Xavier Invitational which was its first non-win for the program which opened with three consecutive championships in its first season.
The most recent visit was the 2009 NGCA Hooters Match Play on the Legends Course to open 2009-10. The Mocs beat the likes of Duke and North Carolina in qualifying for the championship bracket losing narrow matches to Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
In the previous three seasons, Chattanooga has been a part of the regional play. de Groot played as an individual in the 2008 East Regional at UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga., finishing tied for 17th at seven-over par 223.
The 2009 NCAA Central Regional on the Scarlet Golf Course at Ohio State was a breakthrough for the fledgling Mocs program. UTC beat top 20 squads from Louisville (15) and Kent State (17) along with Stanford, N.C. State and Notre Dame to finish eighth and advance to the NCAA Championships in Owings Mills, Md. The Mocs topped No. 18 UC Irvine along with Texas and Ohio State in finishing 21st.
Last season, Chattanooga finished 18th in the NCAA East Regional in Greenville, N.C. UTC played with just four players in putting up a valiant effort.
This year's Mocs squad is ranked No. 31 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and No. 39 on Golfstat. They won four times tying the school record for team titles in a season matching the total from the inaugural season in 2007-08.
There were also two medalists with Christine Wolf (Igls, Austria) setting school and tournament records winning the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational and Emma de Groot's (Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia) SoCon crown. de Groot was named SoCon Golfer of the Year.
An amazing six Mocs earned league honors. Maria Juliana Loza (Bucaramanga, Colombia) joined de Groot and Wolf on the All-SoCon team. All three freshmen, Jordan Britt (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Yushira Budhram (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Marion Duvernay (Publier, France) tallied spots on the all-freshman squad.
The three regional sites house 24 teams and six individuals. The teams play 54 holes, 18 per day, over a three-day period May 5-7 (Thursday-Saturday). The practice round is Wednesday, May 4, beginning 7:30 a.m.
Eight teams and the top two individuals on non-advancing teams move on to the finals. This year's NCAA Women's Championship is May 18-21 at the Traditions Club in College Station, Texas.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. Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.