Mocs Open Regional Play Thursday at Notre Dame
Chattanooga looks to return to NCAA Championship behind seniors Emma de Groot (pictured) and Christine Wolf.
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CHATTANOOGA WOMEN'S GOLF
NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL
MAY 5-7, 2011
WARREN GOLF COURSE, NOTRE DAME, IND.

TOURNAMENT FIELD
Arkansas, Butler, UCLA, CHATTANOOGA, Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, Illinois State, Kent State, LSU, Michigan, Minnesota, Morehead State, UNLV, North Texas, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, Tulane, Wake Forest, Wisconsin

 


  

Team Rankings (5/1)

Golfstat

Golfweek

UCLA

2

2

Duke

5

7

LSU

8

6

Arkansas

11

12

Wake Forest

16

14

Texas

20

22

Tulane

14

23

Stanford

24

28

Notre Dame

25

24

Ohio State

30

31

Kent State

32

35

CHATTANOOGA

35

30

Northwestern

40

38

Minnesota

39

41

UNLV

43

47

Oklahoma State

48

45

North Texas

45

52

Wisconsin

56

51

East Carolina

54

50

Michigan

59

64

Illinois

61

61

Morehead State

90

87

Illinois State

146

130

Butler

158

163

Ind) Harin Lee, St. John's          
Ind) Lindsay Gahm, Indiana
Ind) Bonnie Hu, Harvard
Ind) Nina Muehl, East Tennessee State
Ind) Brittany Kelly, Ball State
Ind) Britney Hamilton, Western Michigan

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates:  May 5-7
Location:  Notre Dame, Ind.
Format:  54 Holes (18 per day)
Course:  Warren Golf Course (Par 72/Yardage 6,208)
No. of Teams: 24 + 6 Individuals

NCAA REGIONAL FINISHES (Team)

Year

Finish

1st

2nd

3rd

Total

2009

8th

303

299

320

922

2010

18th

293

301

316

910

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG.

SPRING

Emma de Groot

74.00

73.27

Christine Wolf

74.78

75.07

Maria Juliana Loza

76.33

76.25

Jordan Britt

77.33

77.53

Marion Duvernay

77.60

Same

TEAM

300.59

299.80

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 11 team titles with eight 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

94

49

3

4

Total

387

253

11

11

LAST TIME OUT

The Mocs made it two in a row at Moss Creek with a dominating win at the Southern Conference Championship.  UTC won by 30 shots over runner-up College of Charleston.  Emma de Groot (Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia) won her sixth collegiate event, first SoCon title, shooting three-over par 219 winning by three over teammate Jordan Britt (Chattanooga, Tenn.).

NEXT UP

NCAA Championship is May 17-20 at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.

NOTES TO KNOW

  • This is Chattanooga's third straight regional appearance as a team, fourth in four years of the program (de Groot individual in 2008).
  • The Mocs had six players honored by the SoCon. de Groot was named SoCon Golfer of the Year as well as nothing her fourth all-league mention joined by Christine Wolf (Igls, Austria) and Maria Juliana Loza (Bucaramanga, Colombia). Wolf and Loza each earned their second all-league honor. Jordan Britt (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Yushira Budhram (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Marion Duvernay (Publier, France) made the all-freshman squad. Murray notched her second straight Coach of the Year award.
  • Chattanooga has won four of its last six events. The four wins ties the school record for wins in a season with 2007-08, the program's inaugural season.
  • The Mocs now have 11 team titles and eight medalists. de Groot has won six times. Murray (2008-present) re-started the program after it was discontinued in the mid-1980s. UTC has been in NCAA regionals all four years (individual in 2008 - de Groot) and earned a berth in the 2009 finals.
  • Scoring by hole type with national ranking:

Scoring

Team

Rank

Individual

Par 5

5.06

25

Maju Loza, 4.88 (37th)

Par 4

4.32

49

Emma de Groot, 4.16 (50th)

Par 3

3.26

54

Christine Wolf, 3.14 (103rd)

  • The four wins have come in a varying ways. Chattanooga went wire-to-wire in winning the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational (Mar. 11-13) and SoCon Championship (Apr. 17-19). UTC trailed just the first round (three strokes) at the Lady Paladin Invite, while it overcame a six-stroke deficit heading into the final 18 holes at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge.
  • de Groot has five top five finishes in her last six starts.
  • Several school records have been set this season:
    Round
    Team: 278 (-10), JMU/Eagle Landing 3
    Ind.: 66 (-6), Christine Wolf, JMU/Eagle Landing 2
    Tournament
    Team: 859 (-5), JMU/Eagle Landing
    36 holes: 581 (+5), JMU/Eagle Landing
    Ind.: 209 (-7), Christine Wolf, JMU/Eagle Landing
    36 holes: 141 (-3), Christine Wolf, JMU/Eagle Landing
  • Wolf's three rounds in the 60s is a season record as well. de Groot's five is the career mark.
  • 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 295.67. That's an improvement of eight shots from the first round average (303.67) and nearly seven strokes better than the second (302.44). de Groot leads with a final round scoring average of 72.89 which is more than two shots better than her total of the first two round combined (74.56).
  • de Groot and Wolf are the first recruiting class to go through the program from freshman to graduation.

TOURNAMENT REVIEWS

  • 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.
  • Chattanooga ended up 10th at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club in Vail, Colo. The Mocs shot 911 with a low round of 298. Emma de Groot led the way tying for 16th at 223 (+7).
  • The Mocs finished seventh at the Mercedes-Benz Championship shooting rounds of 300, 293 and 289 to shoot 882 (+18). Christine Wolf shot even par 216 (73-73-70) to lead UTC with a tie for ninth finish.
  • Chattanooga 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 shot a career-low 69 (-3) in the final round to lead the Mocs tying for 11th at 222 (+6).
  • The Mocs 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.
  • Chattanooga won its 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 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 finished a disappointing tied for sixth at the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invite with No. 11 Iowa State and Coastal Carolina just two shots behind No. 22 Arkansas in fifth. Emma de Groot recorded her third straight top five tying for third at 6-over par 216. Marion Duvernay finished tied for 25th (227) in her first team event of 2010-11.
  • Chattanooga won its 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.
  • 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 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.
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