By Eric Sisson
The UTC women’s golf team’s fall schedule is quickly approaching, and head coach Colette Murray plans to use the fall to propel the Mocs into bigger things come spring.
Individual SoCon Champion of 2014 Emily McLennan,Queensland, Australia, returns for her senior campaign to lead a very young Mocs roster that features just three upperclassmen.
Other seniors Sarah Dolmovich, Chattanooga, and Isabella Loza, Bucaramanga, Colombia, will accompany McLennan to lead the Mocs.
Despite it being one of the youngest teams she has ever had, Murray is encouraged by the team she has and expects the younger players to challenge the seniors.
“I am hoping that my younger ones get a lot of playing time,” Murray said. “This is one of the younger teams that I have had, but I am really encouraged by that. The seniors are going to be a solid baseline, but they are still going to have to earn their spot.”
As for McLennan, Murray is excited about what she brings to the table for the 2015 season as she looks for another SoCon championship.
“She is just steadily doing her thing,” Murray said. “She is a solid player. If she can keep everything together and keep a positive mindset, there is really no telling how good she can be. She absolutely has the skill and ability. She just has to execute.”
The Mocs have won five out of the last six SoCon Championships, but Coach Murray and the Mocs have higher expectations for this season than only a conference championship.
“Absolutely, but that is the least of our goals,” Murray said of becoming conference champions once again. “Yes, we want to win the conference championship, but we also want to be competing for a national championship. We don’t want to put ourselves in a position that we have to win the conference to go to that level. We want to be getting ourselves in line to do that regardless, but winning the conference is definitely a bonus.
Murray believes it is an attainable goal as long as her team believes as well.
“I don’t think we have any roadblocks, necessarily,” Murray said. “I think it is just them believing in themselves and believing that they can and should be doing it. They have more than enough ability to with the conference, but the whole mindset of going into that into March and April will be what they have done the entire year.”