Chattanooga Eighth at NCAA Central Regional
Maju Loza played her second nine at -1 to shoot a team-best 73.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team got off to a solid start at the NCAA Central Regional on Warren Golf Course.  Chattanooga is eighth after a 15 over-par 303.

"It was a tough first nine for us," said head coach Colette Murray.  "I felt if we could get through the turn at +12 or better, we'd be OK.  We made it at +10 and then really got much tougher ourselves on the easier side."

The Mocs started on No. 10 and was plus four as a team through three holes.  Marion Duvernay (Publier, France) carded the first birdie on No. 13 and had the lone two birdies on the side for UTC as it made the move to the easier front side at 10 over.

That's when Maria Juliana Loza (Bucaramanga, Colombia) and Christine Wolf (Igls, Austria) took over.  The duo each played their last nine holes at one under each.

"I'm really proud of Maju and Christine," Murray added.  "Both played great on their second nines.  Christine had a rough end to her front side with a double on 18.  A lot of players would have let it get away from them, but she stayed true to her game and really keyed our turnaround.

"It was a great day overall for Maju" she continued.  "You talk about a winner.  She was marching her way around the golf course...it was fun to watch."

Loza led UTC with a one-over par 73 and is tied for 11th.  She had one birdie, but posted 15 pars in her round.  Wolf's 75 (+3) could've been much lower with a hotter putter as she had several birdies putts on the day.

Emma de Groot (Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia) shot 77 (+5) with 13 pars and five bogeys.  Duvernay rounded out the team scoring with a 78 (+6).

No. 2 UCLA had the low round with a three-over par 291.  No. 8 LSU is second at 295 (+7), while Notre Dame shot 298 (+10).  No. 5 Duke and No. 24 Stanford each shot 302 (+14).

Chattanooga is ahead of Kent State by one (304), three clear of No. 17 Texas and Ohio State at 306.  No. 11 Arkansas is 10th at 307 (+19) followed by No. 15 Wake Forest (312) and No. 14 Tulane (313).

Ani Gulugian (UCLA) and Nicole Zhang (Notre Dame) are the leaders in the clubhouse at 71 (-1).  Eight players are tied for third at 72 (E) with Loza tied with three others in 11th.

Tomorrow's round starts on the first tee for Chattanooga.  The Mocs will play with Ohio State and Kent State again beginning at 12:20 p.m., playing at 11-minute intervals. Live scoring can be found on the women's golf schedule page on GoMocs.com.

LEADERBOARD

1) No. 2 UCLA

291

291 (+3)

2) No. 8 LSU

295

295 (+7)

3) Notre Dame

298

298 (+10)

4) Minnesota

301

301 (+13)

T5) No. 5 Duke

302

302 (+14)

T5) Northwestern

302

302 (+14)

T5) No. 24 Stanford

302

302 (+14)

8) Chattanooga

303

303 (+15)

9) Kent State

304

304 (+16)

T10) Ohio State

306

306 (+18)

T10) No. 17 Texas

306

306 (+18)

12) No. 11 Arkansas

307

307 (+19)

13) North Texas

311

311 (+23)

T14) No. 15 Wake Forest

312

312 (+24)

T14) Oklahoma State

312

312 (+24)

T16) Illinois

313

313 (+25)

T16) No. 14 Tulane

313

313 (+25)

18) Wisconsin

314

314 (+26)

19) East Carolina

315

315 (+27)

T20) Michigan

316

316 (+28)

T20) Butler

316

316 (+28)

22) UNLV

318

318 (+30)

23) Morehead State

319

319 (+31)

24) Illinois State

329

329 (+41)

Mocs:

   

T11) Maria Juliana Loza

73

73 (+1)

T26) Christine Wolf

75

75 (+3)

T43) Emma de Groot

77

77 (+5)

T51) Marion Duvernay

78

78 (+6)

117) Jordan Britt

84

84 (+12)

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