published Sunday, September 16th, 2012

UTC begins year in women’s golf

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s golf team begins its 2012-13 season Monday at Simpsonville, Ky., in the 15-team Wild Eggs Cardinal Cup hosted by the University of Louisville. The Mocs will play two rounds Monday and 18 holes Tuesday at The Cardinal Golf Course and then will compete Friday through Sunday in the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. “It makes for a busy week, but I think we are ready to get started,” sixth-year UTC coach Colette Murray said in a school release. “Louisville is a great place to get our feet wet before Vandy over the weekend. The Mason Rudolph may be the toughest field in college golf this year.” Homegrown reigning Southern Conference champion Jordan Britt returns for the Mocs along with fellow junior Marion Duvernay from France and sophomore Mette Kryger from Denmark. Isabella Loza from Colombia, sister of a former Moc, and Emily McLennan from Australia are freshmen in the starting lineup, and sophomore transfer Porsche Campbell from Vancouver, Canada, will play as an individual in the Cardinal Cup. “I’m excited about this group and getting this season started,” Murray said.

• UTC men’s golf coach Mark Guhne and Mocs senior Steven Fox, the 2012 U.S. Amateur champion, will be the special guests for the Chattanooga Quarterback Club’s noon luncheon meeting Monday at Finley Stadium, and the public is invited. Attendance costs $10 with a meal, $4 without. Fox’s historic victory is just the latest success for UTC golf, and the two will give an update on the program.

Running

• NASHVILLE — UTC’s Nathan Wanuch finished sixth individually and the Mocs were 12th in the 24-team gold division of the cross country meet hosted Saturday by Vanderbilt University at Percy Warner Park. Wanuch covered the 8-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 47.55 seconds. Western Kentucky’s Joseph Chebet won in 24:36.15, and third-place Tennessee’s Peter Okwera was second in 24:36.49. “Nathan really stepped up today,” UTC coach Bill Gautier said. “He challenged for a while and stayed close to the front.” Freshmen Paul Stewart and Trevor Janssen were the Mocs’ second and third finishers, 68th and 84th. “We beat a lot of really good teams,” Gautier said, noting the absence of Wanuch’s fellow veterans Lucas Cotter and Mark Cole. Lady Mocs leader Amanda Sumner got sick earlier in the week and did not compete; nor did senior Mary Cumbee, who has a foot injury. Kathryn Stuart and Keeley Stewart led them in 81st and 83rd places in the 6k.

• NASHVILLE — Simon Holden from Baylor finished fourth in the gold division at the Tennessee Classic high school cross country meet Saturday with a time of 16:37 for 5 kilometers.

Field Hockey

• SALEM, Va. — Two goals by Kelly Finn gave Roanoke College a 2-1 field hockey victory Saturday over visiting Sewanee. Sewanee (2-2) scored first on Janie Spilman’s penalty-stroke goal at 17:21. Molly Kennedy led the Tigers with six shots, four of which were on goal. The shots count was 16-16.

Football

• The local Alabama Alumni and Friends chapter has set up a bus trip to the Crimson Tide’s home football game Saturday against Florida Atlantic. Anyone can ride the bus and get a ticket to the 5 p.m. EDT game for $100, or just pay $50 for the ride if already possessing a ticket. For more information call Terry Nida at 423-718-6160. The game is set for pay-per-view television.

Softball

• The Lady Moc RBI Club, the booster group for the UTC softball team, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jim Frost Stadium press box, and the public is invited. Coach Frank Reed will discuss the Lady Mocs’ fall practice and exhibition schedule and introduce the new players for the 2013 season.

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