Maria Salinas finished tied for third.
HILTON HEAD, S.C.---In just its second year as an intercollegiate program, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s golf team finished second at the Southern Conference Championship behind Furman Tuesday afternoon at Moss Creek Golf Club. The Lady Mocs shot a final round 306, their best total of the week
Furman claimed the title with a 54-hole total of 916 with Chattanooga following at 938. The Lady Mocs were 17 shots clear of third-place Elon at 955.
Furman’s Stefanie Kenoyer won medalist honors with a seven-over par total of 223. Elon’s Danielle Mills came in second at 227 (+11), while Chattanooga’s Maria Salinas battled through serious arm troubles to tie for third with Furman Blair Lamb at 230 (+14).
The Lady Mocs closed the gap to 18 early in the round before falling back slightly on the day at the turn. Chattanooga shot 10-over par on its first nine, while Furman shot plus seven. The Lady Mocs cushion over third-place Charleston grew at the Cougars compiled a 13-over par score for the front nine.
The Paladins never faltered and the Lady Mocs played them steady throughout the day trailing by one shot, 305 to 306, at the end of the day.
Salinas was one of two Lady Mocs in the top five as sophomore Emma de Groot finished fifth at 231 (+15), one shot out of the third-place tie. She had the Lady Mocs low round with a 74 (+2) on the day.
Christine Wolf tied for 18th at 239 after a final round 76, while Maria Juliana Loza was 21st at 241. Moa Duf finished tied for 26th with a 245 over the 54 holes.
The Lady Mocs now await the NCAA Regionals announcement if they make this year's field. Emma de Groot played as an individual in the 2008 NCAA East Regional.
>Emma de Groot repeated as All-Southern Conference in 2009. Maria Salinas was named Freshman of the Year along with All-SoCon and All-Freshman team honors. Maju Loza earned All-Freshman as well.
>Salinas played the tournament basically with one arm with an injury to her right arm.
>Salinas had led or tied for the team scoring lead in five straight rounds prior to today’s round.
>Salinas led the tournament in par 3 scoring at one-under par (2.92). Christine Wolf was tied for third at plus three (3.25).
>Salinas led the squad in birdies for the week with six, while de Groot, Wolf and Loza each had five. Salinas was tied for fourth overall.
>Salinas led the squad in pars with 33 over the 54 holes. de Groot was second with 32. Salinas tied for third in pars as she played 39 of the 54 holes par or better, while de Groot registered par or better scores on 37 holes.