College Women

Women's spring preview: Southern Conference

Chattanooga's Jordan Britt
Chattanooga's Jordan Britt ( Courtesy photo )

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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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Conference capsules

Chattanooga (Golfweek/Sagarin Ranking: No. 68)

Started off the season strong with a third-place finish at finished 1-2, respectively, to help the Mocs claim victory.

Furman (No. 73)

Didn’t have a great start to the fall, but finished it off with a runner-up finish at the Lady Paladin Invitational. Sophomore Laura DeMarco was the runner-up at the Mercedez Benz Collegiate Championship.

College of Charleston (No. 78)

The Cougars were the runner-up at the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate and senior Katharina Boehm, of Germany, claimed medalist honors. It was the teams best finish of the fall.

Elon (No. 98)

The Phoenix played in five tournaments and finished in fourth place on three occasions. Senior Martyna Mierzwa had three top-10 finishes this fall, including second at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Samford (No. 100)

Won the FedEx Memphis Women’s Intercollegiate by a 14-shot margin for the second consecutive season. Junior Natalie Mitchell made a clean sweep for the Bulldogs and won medalist honors in Memphis.

Wofford (No. 124)

Came on very strong at the end of the fall season. Won the Bulldog Invitational and finished runner-up at the Wendy’s Invitational. Ann Marie Covar won the Bulldog Invitational and was runner-up at the Terrier Intercollegiate, and Lauren Dunbar collected two top-5 finishes in the fall.

UNC-Greensboro (No. 140)

A solid fall for the Spartans with their best finish at the Cardinal Cup. Had their last two tournaments shortened due to inclement weather.

Appalachian State (No. 144)

The Mountaineers won the Winthrop Intercollegiate at Rock Hill Country Club. Seniors Yue Xu, Rumbidzai Masamvu and Lauren Smith went 1-2-3, respectively.

Western Carolina (No. 175)

Claimed runner-up honors at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate while freshman Taylor Allison, also, finished as the runner-up in just her second event as a Catamount.

The Citadel (No. 236)

Best finish was a fifth place showing at the South Carolina States Invitational held at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Conference championship

April 14-16, Moss Creek GC, Hilton Head, S.C.

Lance Ringler's prediction

Chattanooga. The Mocs are a little better at the top half of the lineup, but this could be as close as any conference championship we see all year. Three teams – Chattanooga, Furman and College of Charleston – could all be in the mix. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.