Chattanooga wins first SoCon title
Chattanooga captured its first Southern Conference Championship Tuesday with an eight-shot victory in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
The 43rd-ranked Mocs, who are in just their third year as a program, closed with a 11-over 299 at Moss Creek Golf Club to finish at 38-over 902. No. 66 College of Charleston (309) was second at 910 and No. 70 UNC-Greensboro (308) was third at 918.
The Cougars started the final-round with a two-shot lead and increased their margin to five shots after nine holes. But Chattanooga played the final nine holes in 2-under par, while Charleston had just two of its five players break 40 coming in.
Mocs junior Emma de Groot closed with 72 and finished second at 4-over 220. Sophomore Maria Juliana Loza (74) was fourth at 224 and junior Christine Wolf (76) tied for sixth at 227.
Loza and de Groot played the back nine in 3 under and 1 under, respectively.
“I never doubted for a second that we could pull it off,” Chattanooga coach Colette Murray said. “But wow, what an effort on the back nine. The girls knew what we had to do and really executed.”
Appalachian State freshman Yue Xu won medalist honors at 1-over 217. She is the first Appalachian State player to win the title.
With the victory, Chattanooga will advance to its first NCAA regional. The Mocs will compete May 6-8 in Greenville, N.C., at the Ironwood Country Club.