Women’s spring preview: Southern Conference

Chattanooga ended the fall season with a victory at the Lady Paladin, but that doesn’t mean the Mocs were playing well all fall.

It took a while for Chattanooga to get its practice sessions to where they should be.

“For the majority of the fall season, we were playing a lot of 18-hole qualifiers and I, quite frankly, was not getting anything done (with the team),” head coach Colette Murray said.

Finally, the players started practicing differently and Murray was able to work with them one-on-one. It was all about doing the “little things better,” she said.

The Mocs really liked the process, as did Murray, and they finally started playing better. The outcome resulted in a victory.

“At Furman … we had been able to work on our weaknesses in a better and more constructive way in our preparation for an event,” Murray said.

At the Lady Paladin, juniors Marion Duvernay and Jordan Britt finished 1-2, respectively. Duvernay claimed her first medalist honor. Freshman Emily McLennan also finished in the top 10.

Chattanooga has won the last three conference championships, but the Mocs are a young team in 2013, with two juniors (Duvernay and Britt), two sophomores (Porsche Campbell and Mette Kryger) and two freshmen (McLennan and Isabella Loza). Britt, from nearby Signal Mountain, is the lone American.

“We just expect more from ourselves this spring,” Murray said.

The goal is what Murray imagines for an aspiring golf team – not just for this season, but every season – to compete and contend for a national championship.

And in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

They dream large in Chattanooga.

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Where it stands now

Top of the class: Chattanooga

Best player of the fall: Jordan Britt, Chattanooga

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Past champions

2012: Chattanooga

2011: Chattanooga

2010: Chattanooga

2009: Furman

2008: Furman

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