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OWINGS MILLS, Md.---It was a disappointing end to a great season for the Chattanooga women’s golf team as it fell to 21st following a final round 320 (+32) at the 2009 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club.
The Lady Mocs entered with a good deal of optimism after shooting the ninth best round of third day with a 305, but it was a tough one today as UTC finished at 1,248 (+96). Chattanooga topped No. 18 UC Irvine at 1,249, Texas at 1,252 and Ohio State at 1,258.
Emma de Groot had the low round with a four-over par 76. The sophomore from Australia was also the low scorer for the Lady Mocs on the week with a 72-hole total of 304 (+16), which is tied for 44th at the time of this writing.
Maria Juliana Loza turned in her best round of the tournament with an 80 (+8), the second best for the Lady Mocs on this day. Her four-day total of 333 is tied for 120 and six shots behind teammate Christine Wolf.
Wolf started strong with three pars, but had her struggles off the tee. Her final round 86 moved her to tie for 116 at 327.
This is the first NCAA Finals appearance for the Lady Mocs in just the second year of the program since it was re-started after it was discontinued in the mid-1980’s.
>The Lady Mocs recorded six birdies in the final round led by de Groot with three. Duf had two, while Salinas had the other.
EMMA de GROOT:
>10 birdies in all for the tournament, all in the final three days.
>Final two rounds, she birdied holes 13 and 14. Those were the only two holes she birdied more than once.
>Best day was round two with a 73 (+1).
>Played the fourth (par 3, 158) and 14th (par 4, 330) at one under for the wee, while scoring four pars on the third (par 5, 392) and eighth (par 3, 185) holes.
>Seven birdies for the tournament.
>Recorded at least one birdie each day.
>Favorite hole was the 158-yard par three fourth which she played birdie-par-par-birdie.
>One birdie for the tournament to begin round two.
>Birdie came at the first hole, a par four, 396 yards.
>Played the first at even par for the week.
>Tied de Groot for team-high honors with 10 birdies.
>Only hole she birdied twice was the par four, 388-yard 16th.
>Played the par fives at one-under par for the week.
>Played par or better for the week on nine holes with a best of one under on 13 with a birdie and three pars.
>Four birdies, all in rounds two and three.
>Three of those birdies came in round two.
>Favorite hole was the par three eighth playing at 185 yards. After a bogey on day one, she played it at one under the remainder of the tourney.
>Also played the par three 4th at even par with four pars and the par four 14th (par-birdie-par-bogey).