Mocs Women's Golf Preview: NCAA East Regional
Maria Juliana Loza is one of five UTC golfers, male or female, to compete in NCAA Regionals all four seasons.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

TOURNAMENT FIELD
Alabama, Arizona State, Duke, Texas A&M, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Michigan State, Washington, Texas, Tulane, UCF, Wake Forest, Northwestern, San Diego State, Kent State, Maryland, Augusta State, Campbell, CHATTANOOGA, Oral Roberts, Jacksonville State, LIU Brooklyn. Individuals: Fanny Cnops (UNCG), Charlotte Lorentzen (Georgia St.), Kelly Shon (Princeton), Katie Mundy (FIU), Michelle Piyapattra (Columbia), Laura Wearn (Furman).

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: May 10-12
Location: State College, Pa.
Format: 54 Holes (18 per day)
Course: Penn State Golf Courses - Blue (Par 72/6,253 yards)
No. of Teams: 24 (Top 8 teams and two low individuals on non-advancing teams mover on to NCAA Championship May 22-25)

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG

SPRING

Jordan Britt

76.74

75.07

Marion Duvernay

77.48

78.13

Mette Kryger

77.56

77.00

Maria Juliana Loza

78.17

76.00

Sophie Weilguni

79.47

79.47

TEAM

307.37

304.60

HEAD COACH
COLETTE MURRAY (Jacksonville State '04) is in her fifth year as a head coach, all at Chattanooga.  She began a program from scratch that had been discontinued in the 1980's.  The Mocs have 12 team titles with nine medalists under her watch. That includes the last three SoCon team titles and two SoCon individual crowns. She has won two SoCon Coach of the Year awards.

LAST TIME OUT
Chattanooga swept the Southern Conference Championship with its third straight team title and another medalist winner. Jordan Britt (Chattanooga, Tenn.) won medalist honors shooting 222 (+6) with rounds of 77, 71 and 74. Behind Britt, the team overcame a four-stroke deficit to start the final round to win by three over UNCG.

UP NEXT
The Mocs look to advance to their second NCAA Championship in just the fifth year of the program. The finals are May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. The top eight teams and two individuals on non-advancing teams move on to Franklin, Tenn.

NOTES

  • UTC has won three straight Southern Conference titles and had back-to-back medalists.
  • Britt's SoCon title is her first collegiate win. She was runner-up last year to Emma de Groot also shooting 222. Runner-up Fanny Cnops (UNCG) is in this field.
  • This makes 5 regionals in 5 years as a program for the Mocs. de Groot qualified as an individual in the inaugural season (2007-08) and the team has gone the last four years.
  • Of the three possible regional locations, Penn State's Blue Course is the one the Mocs knew the least about. Ohio State's Scarlet Course is the site of UTC's first NCAA Championship qualification in 2009 Central Regional. Colorado National played host to the Mocs' men's team in last year's Colorado Regional.
  • NCAA Regional team finishes under Murray:

Year

Site

Finish

Score

2009

Columbus, Ohio

8th

922

2010

Greenville, N.C.

18th

910

2011

South Bend, Ind.

T12th

917

  • Maria Juliana Loza (Bucaramanga, Colombia) has the best finish of any UTC golfer - male or female - in NCAA postseason competition. She was named All-Central Regional after tying for eighth at the 2011 Central Regional at Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course. She birdied four of her last six holes.
  • Loza is one of five Mocs golfers all-time, second female, to play in NCAA Regional competition all four years. She joins former teammate Emma de Groot (2008-11), Derek Rende (2007-10), Fredrik Qvicker (2007-10) and current Mocs standout Stephan Jaeger on the list.
  • Stat leaders:
    - Eagles: Mette Kryger, 2
    - Birdies: Jordan Britt, 63 (2.33/rd)
    - Pars: Marion Duvernay, 278/Maju Loza, 10.75/rd
    - Par/Better Holes: Britt, 68.1%
    - Par 3 Scoring: Loza, 3.25 (+25)
    - Par 4 Scoring: Britt, 4.34 (+90)
    - Par 5 Scoring: Duvernay, 5.13 (+14)
    Complete statistics are on page five of the notes package linked above.
  • Loza completed an amazing three-year run at the SoCon Championship at Moss Creek (Hilton Head). Her third-place finish a few weeks ago was her third straight top five including tying for fifth in 2011 and claiming fourth in 2010.
  • The Mocs had four student-athletes in the top 15 at the SoCon Championship. Mette Kryger (Nivaa, Denmark) and Marion Duvernay (Publier, France) tied for 14th.
  • Britt made her first All-SoCon team after being an All-Freshman selection in 2011. Kryger was named to the All-Freshman squad this year.
  • Britt's 11 birdies at the SoCon Championship is not only a season high for a Mocs, but it ties her career best (2010 Landfall Tradition).
  • Britt, Loza and Duvernay did not record a score high than bogey at the SoCon Championship.
  • Loza's 40 pars at the SoCon Championship is a season high as well for UTC.
  • Duvernay tied her career-best 54-hole total with her 221 at the Knights & Pirates Invite. She shot 76, 70 and 75 to finish tied for ninth. It was her second top 10 of 2011-12 and the 70 tied for her career-best 18.
  • Sophomore Sophie Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) joined the team in January. She played as an individual on Kiawah Island finishing tied for 59th at 233 (+17), the team's third-best result. She has played as a counting team member ever since.
  • Duvernay's tie for fifth at the season opener, Golfweek Conference Challenge, was the best finish by a Moc in the fall. She shot five-over par 221 with rounds of 72, 77 and 72. She had a team-best three par or better rounds in four events.
  • Britt shot a career-best 220 (+4) at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational. She fired rounds of 70, 74 and 76. The 70 tied her season-low as she tied for 10th, her second career top 10. The previous was her runner-up finish at the 2011 Southern Conference Championship.
  • Kryger closed strong at Eagle Landing tallying her first par or better round as a collegian. The one-under par 71 over the final 18 holes bettered her prior low round of 73 done multiple times. The highlight of the round came from a fairway bunker on the par four ninth hole. From 145 yards out and the wind in her face, Kryger holed out with a five iron for her second eagle of the season.
  • Britt and Duvernay have the low round of the season for the Mocs with 70s. Britt did it three times, while Duvernay recorded it twice.
  • Duvernay posted a career-high five birdies on her card in her two-under par 70 at the Tar Heel Invite.
  • Loza missed her first collegiate even since joining the program in the fall of 2008 at the Tar Heel Invitational due to an elbow injury.
  • Kryger played in one of the top international amateur events in November. She was selected to represent Denmark at the Spirit International at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas. The 72-hole competition featured 80 female and male golfers from 20 invited countries each year. Each nation selects two women and two men to represent it at the event. Kryger helped lead the Danish squad to an eighth-place finish at 12-under par in combined totals, and a tie for seventh on the women's side at four under with Sara Monberg (Tennessee) Kryger tied for seventh in birdies scored with nine.
  • The Mocs return three starters from last year's SoCon Championship squad which tied the school record with four wins. All-SoCon and All-NCAA Central Regional Maju Loza is back for her final season joined by SoCon All-Freshman performers Britt and Duvernay.
  • Kryger entered UTC with impressive credentials. She had two top 10s in 2011 after finishing as runner-up in the 2010 Royal Tour Championship with four top 10s overall. She has represented Denmark in several team competitions.
  • Britt finished in the semifinals of the 2011 Tennessee Amateur, quarterfinals of the 2011 Southern Women's Amateur and was 10th in the 2011 Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open.
  • Duvernay won the 2011 Yves Caillol Cup over the summer shooting 219 (+3) and finished second in the Championnat de Leman.
  • Chattanooga's women's golf team ranked as one of the smartest in the nation last year, No. 13 among NCAA DI universities with a 3.649 cumulative grade point average. It includes four returning NGCA Scholar All-Americans in Loza, Britt, Yushira Budhram and Duvernay.
  • The five Mocs come from five different countries: Britt (American), Duvernay (French), Weilguni (Austrian), Kryger (Danish) and Loza (Colombian).

2011-12 BESTS
Team Scores: 18 hole (293, Tar Heel Invite 3rd), 36 holes (596, Knights & Pirates Invite), 54 holes (895, Knights & Pirates Invite).
Individual Scores: 18 hole (70, Jordan Britt thrice, Marion Duvernay twice), 36 holes (144, Jordan Britt, JMU Eagle Landing Invite), 54 holes (220, Jordan Britt, JMU Eagle Landing).

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