SOUTHERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: 2010 • 2011 • 2012
2012-13 WOMEN’S GOLF
MOCS ARE 3-TIME SOCON DEFENDING CHAMPS
The Chattanooga Mocs have won three straight Southern Conference Championships. They are looking to make it four in a row in 2013. They’ll do it with a young squad. Two juniors (Jordan Britt and Marion Duvernay), two sophomores (Mette Kryger and Porsche Campbell) and two freshmen (Isabella Loza and Emily McLennan) dot the roster. Three are returnees (Britt, Duvernay, Kryger) and three are newcomers (Campbell, Loza and McLennan). Britt has played in every event since her arrival in 2010, while Duvernay has been a mainstay since spring of 2011. Britt won the 2012 SoCon Championship after finishing as runner-up to former Mocs standout Emma de Groot in 2011. She made the All-SoCon team in 2012. Jordan Britt drains a putt at the 2012 SoCon Championship. Duvernay had the best regular-season finish in 2011-12 tying for fifth at the 2011 Golfweek Conference Challenge. She also impressed over the summer ending up tied for13th at the European International Amateur. Kryger was an All-Freshman selection in the SoCon last year. She claimed thirdplace over the summer at the Danish Ladies Amateur and was a semi-finalist at the Danish Match Play. Campbell is a transfer from the University of British Columbia in her native Canada. Loza is the younger sister of Maria Juliana, a four-year standout at UTC. McLennan with excellent credentials from Australia where she attended the same golf academy as PGA Tour member Jason Day. The Mocs’ schedule isis per usual. Entering the p program’s sixth season, M Murray noted a common t theme with previous years. “It’s challenging,” M Murray stated. “That’s im important for our program. W want to be the best We s playing a tough so s schedule is a necessity. ItIt has a very good mix of e events to prepare us for c championship season.” It starts with a bang w two tournaments in a with w week’s time. Chattanooga o opens at Louisville’s Wild E Cardinal Cup (Sept. Eggs Mette Kryger surveys a putt.
17-18) followed by the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship (Sept. 21-23) in Nashville hosted by Vanderbilt. The fall continues with a return to the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Championship (Oct. 12-14) in Knoxville before ending at Furman’s Lady Paladin Invitational (Oct. 26-28). The Mocs won the last time they visited Furman by 14 shots in 2009. “The Mason Rudolph and Mercedes-Benz tournaments always attract great fields,” Murray continued. “Louisville and Furman will be good tests as well. We should have a good idea about ourselves and what we need to work on to prepare for the spring. “Many people don’t realize that golf competes in both the fall and spring,” Murray noted. “Both are equally important, it’s just the championship is in the spring. You always want a strong start not only for rankings, but also to carry that momentum over to the second half of the season.” Spring season comes early for UTC with the Central District Invitational, February 18-19. The event is hosted by Michigan State in Parrish, Fla. In fact, four of the five UTC events in the new year are in Florida. Two very familiar sites dot the slate to open March. Chattanooga heads back to Orange Park, Fla., for the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational March 8-10 where it has won twice in the last four years. Then it’s on to Gainesville, Fla., and the SunTrust Gator Women’s Golf Invitational March 15-17. The Mocs close out the spring in Charleston, S.C., and Jacksonville, Fla. The Briers Creek Invitational is March 25-26 at Briers Creek Golf Club with the regular season wrapping up April 8-9 with the Marsh Landing Invitational. Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C., remains the host of the Southern Conference Championship. It’s the fourth year the club has hosted the event with has i Duvernay D h been b a part off two SoCon S C Champion Ch i & NCAA UTC capturing the previous MMarion Regional squads. three including the last two medalists (Emma de Groot & Jordan Britt). “Moss Creek is a great venue,” Murray added. “Obviously we like it. But it is a tough test worthy of the championship.” Britt, a junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., has an enviable record there. She has shot six-over par 222 in her first two SoCon Championships with a first (2012) and second (2011). The Mocs are looking for their sixth straight trip to NCAA Regionals in 2013, fifth as a team. This year’s sites are Auburn University Club (Auburn, Ala.), Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course (Norman, Okla.) and Stanford Golf Course (Stanford, Calif.) with play May 9-11. The NCAA Championship is May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens. “Our goals never change,” Murray said. “We want to win the Southern Conference Championship, finish in the top eight at regionals and compete for a national title. Those are the expectations we place on ourselves. “I believe in this team,” she concluded. “We can’t wait to start the journey.”
Published on Dec 3, 2012