Lady Mocs Tied for Fourth after One Round of SoCon Women’s Golf Championship

FLORENCE, S.C.---With one round in the books, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s golf team is tied for fourth place at the Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship played at Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C., Sunday afternoon.  The Lady Mocs opened with a 319 to tie UNC Greensboro 16 shots off the pace set by Furman.


The Lady Paladins (303) lead second-place Elon (308) by five strokes while Samford is in third at 317.  The Lady Mocs and UNCG are five shots clear of College of Charleston and Appalachian State which are tied for sixth at 324.


Maria Salinas recovered from a sluggish stat to lead the Lady Mocs with a four-over par 76.  Salinas started five-over par through six holes, but finished with two birdies against just one bogey on her final 12.  She is tied for sixth individually playing through an injured arm.


The Lady Mocs posted two players in the top 20 as freshman Moa Duf is tied for 16th with an 80.  Christine Wolf shot 81 to stand tied for 21st, while Emma de Groot is one shot back, tied for 25th, with an 82.  Maria Juliana Loza is one more shot back tied for 32nd with an 83.


“No excuses,” said Head Coach Colette Murray.  “We didn’t play very smart today.  This is not a long golf course, but it is a very challenging one.  The smartest team wins on a course like this and we need to play with more awareness to stay out of trouble.”


Furman’s Jackie Hilea leads individually following an even-par 72.  Elon’s Danielle Mills is in second with a 73 (+1), while teammate Tara McFadden is in third with a 74 (+2).


The Lady Mocs tee off at 9:20 a.m. with Maju Loza leading the way off the first hole.  Chattanooga is paired with Charleston and UNC Greensboro.




>The Lady Mocs scored nine birdies on the day which was second to Elon’s 10.  Furman was next with eight.


>Chattanooga was the only team to have all five players record a birdie.  Salinas, Wolf, de Groot and Loza each recorded two, while Duf had one.


>Big scores were a concern for the Lady Mocs today.  UTC had seven double bogeys and two triple bogeys.


>Salinas  and Duf led the Lady Mocs with 11 pars.  Furman’s Hilea led all golfers with 14 on her round.


>Salinas was also the Chattanooga leader in par 3 scoring at even par, while Wolf was one-over on those holes.  She and de Groot shared the honors on par fives at one-over.  Salinas’ three-over par on the par fours was tops on the team.  Duf, Wolf and Loza were each four over on the par fours.

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