By Sean Jones
, Chattanooga, TN–The Mocs women’s golf team used clutch play on the 18th hole to help earn a three shot win at the Southern Conference Championships Tuesday at Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C.
Trailing UNCG by one stroke through 15 holes, the Spartans pushed their lead to two after 16. UTC earned their victory on the final hole of the championship, shooting a (+1) on the hole. UNCG was unable to hold their lead, as they finished the final hole with a (+5) with the title on the line.
Chattanooga was led by sophomore Jordan Britt, of Chattanooga, who took home medalist honors by shooting (+6) 222 to finish three strokes ahead of the second place finisher. Britt’s victory is the second in a row for UTC.
Former teammate Emma de Groot took medalist honors last year with Britt finishing in second place.
Britt also was named to the Southern Conference team and was the only Chattanooga player to receive that honor.
Senior Maria Juliana Loza, from Bucaramanga, Columbia, also finished in the top 10 for the Mocs. Loza shot a (+11) 227 to earn a third place finish.
Loza’s third place finish was her third straight finish in the top five to close out the season.
Sophomore Marion Duvernay, from Publier, France, and freshman Mette Kryger, from Nivaa, Denmark, both finished with a (+21) 237 to finish in a tie for 14th place for the weekend.
Kryger was also recognized by the SoCon as a member of the 2012 all-freshman team along with Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year Fanny Cnops of UNCG.
Cnops and UNCG finished three shots behind UTC to earn second place. Chattanooga defeated UNCG and College of Charleston in the final grouping to bring home the conference title, defeating both teams by seven shots.
The victory is the third straight SoCon title for the Mocs in the fifth year of the program.
They will head to the NCAA regional tournament for the fourth straight season.
This will be the fifth straight year the Mocs will have a representative in the NCAA Tournament.
Chattanooga will look to have an impact as they did in 2009, when they earned a 21st place finish in the NCAA Tournament.
UTC must wait until April 30 at 9 a.m. to learn where it will play its NCAA Regional match.