By Kaylene Chadwell, Chattanooga, Tenn. — The women’s golf team claimed a first place victory at their inaugural Chattanooga Classic last week amidst rainy conditions over the two day tournament.
“It was a good test of golf, and our ladies were up to the challenge,” head coach Colette Murray said to gomocs.com.
This is the eighth year straight the Mocs have recorded at least one first place finish throughout their season.
Chattanooga wrapped up the tournament with a team score of 293, five over par. Central Arkansas finished closest to the Mocs, 15 strokes behind.
Junior Isabella Loza, Bucaramanga, Colombia, recorded a three over par 219, a career low. With rounds of 74, 73 and 72, she finished fourth overall, her career-best. Her score ties senior Agathe Sauzon’s, Valence, France, for the season team-low of 54 holes. Loza shot par or better on 45 of 54 holes, including six birdies.
Loza was named last week’s Southern Conference Golfer of the Week. This was her first SoCon weekly honor and the second for the Mocs this season. Sauzon received this recognition the week of March 25th.
“I just had a feeling Isa was going to have a breakthrough,” Murray said to gomocs.com. “I can’t express how happy I am for her that she played that well for the week.”
Junior Emily McLennan, Queensland, Australia, tied for fifth after posting 220, one shot behind Loza.
Sauzon followed with a tie for ninth place at 224. Additionally, freshman Cris Perez, Pamplona, Spain, hit a 228, and freshman Megan Woods, Spring Branch, Texas, made a 234.
“We are playing well as a group and hopefully peaking at the right time,” Murray said to gomocs.com.
The Mocs are defending their crown at the SoCon Championships in Pooler, Ga. They have won the league tournament five years in a row. Chattanooga has also had the last four medalists.