By Zack Kirby, Chattanooga, Tenn.,— The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s golf team captured their fifth straight Southern Conference Championship last Sunday, April 13, behind sophomore Emily McLennan’s, Queensland, Australia, score of 222 through 54 holes to win medalist honors.
“It wasn’t a long time coming, but since she got here, I’ve known that Emily would develop into a wonderful player and potentially be the greatest player we’ve had here since Emma De Groot and Jordan Britt,” head coach Colette Murray said. “Emily is by far the most talented player I’ve been able to get here on campus and her game continues to get better.”
Only seven strokes behind was her senior teammate Jordan Britt, Signal Mountain, Tenn., who was awarded the Southern Conference Player of the Year award.
“Jordan has an ability to be herself and she’s just one of a kind when it comes to being a good person,” Murray said. “She does every part in the game very well, but her mentality and just who she is had made her the
player that she’s become.”
The heavy rain was a big factor on the course, and the Mocs trailed Furman at the beginning of the round but quickly took the lead and never looked back. The conference title also resulted in Murray getting the SoCon coach of the year award.
“It’s an honor to get the coach of the year, but I could care less where that gets me,” Murray said. “What matters to me is coming home with that trophy and that the girls get the honors they deserve.”
Chattanooga will now wait where their fate lies, as they are qualified for the NCAA Championships, where there are 72 teams competing and 18 individuals picked. The selected will go to either Tallahassee, Fla., Stillwater, Okla., or Cle Elum, Wash.
“It’s all short game and getting our heads in the right place,” Murray said about the NCAAs. “It’s a different kind of competition we’ll have there. The teams are better and stronger. I don’t think I’ll take much of a different approach than I have all season. It’s getting us prepared, and I think we’ve done a great job. We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing so, I don’t see the point in changing at until we see that it needs to be fixed.”
The NCAA selection show will begin on April 28 and can be viewed on NCAA.com