Chattanooga Tied for Ninth Best Round of Morning Wave
Maria Salinas led the Lady Mocs in round one.



OWINGS MILLS, Md.---The hilly Caves Valley Golf Club (Par 72, 6,443 yards) proved challenging in the opening round of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship.  Chattanooga shot 316 (+32) to tie No. 15 Georgia for the ninth best round of the morning wave.


The Lady Mocs topped No. 18 UC Irvine (320) by four shots and Ohio State (325) by seven.  They trail Texas by two, while No. 13 Pepperdine and Tulane are just four shots clear.


No. 10 North Carolina is the leader in the clubhouse at 11-over par 299.  The Tar Heels leads No. 17 Michigan State (307) by eight and No. 11 Duke (308) by nine.


Chattanooga started its round on No. 10, a 355-yard, Par 4.  The backside is considered the harder of the two, but the Lady Mocs got off to a good start.  UTC made the turn at 11-over par.  It was eight over through eight, but played the 18th hole at plus three.


The Lady Mocs just could not get putts to fall on the day shooting 21-over par on the frontside.


“The rough is high so we worked hard yesterday in the practice round on hitting our drives in the fairways off the tee and then went straight to the green to focus on putting,” said Head Coach Colette Murray.  “We played well off the tee today, but our putting was off.”


Southern Conference Freshman of the Year Maria Salinas led Chattanooga with a 75 (+3).  Salinas had three of the team’s four birdies.  She played the par threes at minus one today.


Last year’s SoCon Freshman of the Year and NCAA individual qualifier Emma de Groot got off to a slow start playing her first nine at five-over par.  She righted the ship and finished at 79 (+7).  She had 11 pars to go with seven bogeys.


Also coming in at 79 was Moa Duf.  She had the team’s other birdie on the 158-yard, par three fourth hole, also birdied by Salinas. 


Maria Juliana Loza and Christine Wolf  played steady on their respective first nines, but struggled a bit coming in.  Loza shot 83 (+11), while Wolf came in with an 85 (+13).


The Lady Mocs tee off No. 1 tomorrow at 12:50 p.m. with Wolf leading off.  Chattanooga will again be paired with Pepperdine and Georgia.


The early tee times of the afternoon wave are just making the turn at the time of this release.  Please click on the “Leaderboards” link at the top for the latest scores.


Chattanooga’s Favorite Holes (team scoring – top four scores for hole):

No. 4 (Par 3, 158):  -2 (Maria Salinas, Moa Duf Birdies)

No. 10 (Par 4, 355):  -1 (Salinas Birdie)

No. 17 (Par 5, 454):  -1 (Salinas Birdie)

No. 14 (Par 4, 330):  E (Five Pars)

No. 9 (Par 4, 385):  E (Four Pars)

No. 3 (Par 5, 492):  E (Four Pars)

No. 15 (Par 3, 180):  E (Four Pars)

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