Lady Mocs Move into Tie for 18th at Midway Point
Emma de Groot's 73 (+1) led the Lady Mocs.

OWINGS MILLS, Md.---Halfway through its first NCAA Finals appearance, Chattanooga is tied for 18th with No. 15 Georgia at 623 (+47) at the Caves Valley Golf Club.  The Lady Mocs and Dawgs each shot 307 (+19) for the second round as Chattanooga worked its way up the leaderboard after starting the day tied for 21st with UGa.


“We did what we set out to do and play better today than yesterday,” said Head Coach Colette Murray.  “Keep improving each day and keep our focus on what lies ahead.  It was not a great day, but we managed our way around the course well.  We just need some putts to fall.”


No. 2 UCLA shot five-over par 293 to move into first place at 589 (+13).  Maria Jose Uribe shot a six-under par 66 to pace the Bruins.


No. 4 Southern California is seven shots behind UCLA in second place at 596 (20).  No. 14 Denver, the first round leader, shot 304 in round two to fall into third place at 598 (+22).


Emma de Groot led the Lady Mocs with a one-over par 73.  She is now tied for 37th at eight-over par 152 through 36 holes.  de Groot’s round included four birdies, 10 pars, three bogeys and a double.  She made the turn at two-under par with a spotless front nine.


Also tied for 37th is Maria Salinas.  Salinas followed her opening round 75 with a 77 (+5).  The Southern Conference Freshman of the Year got off to a tough start bogeying five of the first seven holes en route to shooting six over through nine holes.


She turned it around with birdies on No. 11 and No. 16 with a bogey on 12 serving as the only blemish on the back side.  Salinas sank a 15-foot putt to save par on 18 that closed the round on a high note.


Christine Wolf and Moa Duf played steady through a tough day on the greens.  Both missed several putts in the four-to-five foot range, but still managed their way around the course with Wolf carding a 78 (+6) with Duf one shot behind at 79.


Wolf was a study in perseverance missing putts on the first three holes that got her off to a plus two start.  After back-to-back double bogeys at 12 and 13, Wolf followed with birdies at 14 and 15 to close strong.  She is tied for 110 at 163.


A balky putter also limited Duf’s day.  She matched her first round score of 79 and is tied for 88th at 158.  Duf also missed four-to-five footers on each of the first four holes.


Maria Juliana Loza had a tough day.  Like Salinas she hit a long putt for par on 18 to close her day in the right way.  A second round 82 has her two shots behind Wolf at 165.


After four birdies as a team yesterday, Chattanooga recorded 12 in the second round led by de Groot’s four.  Salinas, the team leader for the tourney with six, and Wolf each had three on the day, while Duf and Loza each had one.


As a team, UTC was strong down the stretch.  The four counting scores played the final four holes at even par which helped vault them up the scoreboard.


Uribe’s 66 moved her to the top of the individual leader board at three-under par 141.  She is two shots clear of a trio of players in second place.  Wake Forest Nannette Hill, Pepperdine’s Lisa McCloskey and Denver’s Stephanie Sherlock are tied at 143 (-1).


The Lady Mocs (623) are paired with Tulane (617) and No. 24 Tennessee (620) tomorrow teeing off of the 10th hole starting at 8:30 a.m.  Loza leads off followed by Wolf, Duf, Salinas and de Groot.


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

No. 7 (Par 5, 496):  -3 (Birdies by de Groot, Salinas and Duf)

No. 8 (Par 3, 185):  -1 (Birdie by Wolf, Four Pars)

No. 14 (Par 4, 330):  -1 (Wolf Birdie)

No. 18 (Par 4, 387):  -1 (Salinas Birdie)

No. 3 (Par 5, 492):  E (Four Pars)

No. 4 (Par 3, 158):  E (Four Pars)

No. 9 (Par 4, 385):  E (Four Pars)

No. 15 (Par 3, 180):  E (Wolf Birdie)

No. 16 (Par 4, 388):  E (Birdie by Salinas)

No. 17 (Par 5, 454):  E (Four Pars)


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

No. 4 (Par 3, 158):  -2 (Salinas, 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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