STATE COLLEGE, PA. --- The Chattanooga Mocs women's golf
team ended up 19th at the NCAA East Regional Saturday at the Penn State Blue
Course. UTC ended up three shots behind Northwestern and four in front of San
Diego State and Augusta State with a three-day total of 919.
Maria Juliana Loza (Bucaramanga, Colombia) made a run at one
of the two individual spots to advance to the NCAA Championship. She started
the day at one-over par and fell back to plus three with a double bogey on six.
Over the next three holes, Loza missed two birdie efforts
and a par putt all inside five feet turning at four over. She birdied two of
the next three holes continuing her brilliant ball-striking to get back to two
over. A bogey on 14 dropped her to three over which she held through to 17.
Missing the green to the right, her chip got caught in the
fringe. Her par putt just skirted the edge making an eagle necessary on 18.
After a perfect drive to open the par five, Loza found herself around 200 yards
from the hole. Her metal went right of the green and under a tree. She made a valiant
effort but fell short with a 76 for the round.
Loza's 221 is the second-best total by a Mocs golfer in regional
play (220, Emma de Groot, 2010). She carded rounds of 73, 72 and 76 to tie for
Jordan Britt (Chattanooga, Tenn.) had five birdies in
shooting two-under par 70 this afternoon. The five birdies is the second-best
total in school history behind de Groot's six in round one of the 2010 East
Regional. She shot 225 for the weekend tying for 46th.
Marion Duvernay (Publier, France) and Mette Kryger (Nivaa,
Denmark) rounded out the counting rounds shooting 76 and 80, respectively. Sophie
Weilguni's (Langenlois, Austria) 83 was the drop score.
No. 25 South Carolina was the wire-to-wire leader finishing
at 873. That gave the Gamecocks a five-stroke cushion over No. 12 Texas A&M
and Texas in second at 878. No. 2 Alabama (879), No. 15 Florida (879), No. 5
Arizona State (887), No. 24 Michigan State (887) and No. 8 Duke (887) all
advanced to the NCAA Championship.
Kelsey Vines (215) of Oklahoma State and Margarita Ramos
(218) of Arizona claimed the two individual berths. Ramos topped Michelle Koh
(Campbell) on the first playoff hole for her spot.
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