Friday, May 9 2014, 02:59 PM EDT
Mocs Ready For NCAA Golf Tournament
Next week is a huge one for UTC's women's golf team.
They are heading west for the NCAA West Regionals.
The Mocs have high hopes for low scores and advancing to the nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
But first, they must make their way through play at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Washington. The course is about 80 miles southeast of Seattle and 45 miles east of Mount Rainier.
This afternoon, the team spent quality time at the Player Development Complex on Hickory Valley Road. Most drilled in on their short games.
The focus was tight and crisp.
The Mocs are one of 24 teams to tee it up next week in the West Regional.After winning the SoCon tournament, they're riding a wave of momentum.
Sophomore Emily McLennan likes the position the Mocs are in. "I mean the last few tournaments we've been playing fairly strongly as a team. So I mean we've got a good chance this year at potentially making nationals, we've just gotta make sure we go in there with a good mindset," McLennan said.
Coach Colette Murray believes the ladies have that mindset.
This will be the 7th team Murray's taken to the regionals.
The 2008-09 squad made it to nationals and she likes the chances of this team. Murray said, "I feel like this is the best team that I've had going to regional championships. So I'm exicted."
And so is senior Jordan Britt. The Signal Mountain native is the leader of this team. The top eight teams from each region advance and the SoCon player of the year says above all -- THAT is the goal.
Britt said, "This kind of is the last chance. But maybe that will be, you know, the motivation that I'll need and that everybody else will need to see us to nationals."
McLennan said Jordan has set the bar high for this team and has challenged them. But the connection runs deeper. "Jordan's been like our mom. Ever since we got here, she's really looked after us and she's really made sure we're doing things the right way."
And the team wants the ride to continue, especially for Britt. "Every round that we play I'm hoping it's not her last," said coach Murray.
McLennan added, "It would just be amazing if we could get to nationals and for her to finish her college career in that way."
The team said they're ready and the coach said the strategy is to play the course -- without distractions.
The UTC Mocs leave Chattanooga on Monday and the tournament begins on Thursday.
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