UTC golfer Dorota Zalewska misses 54-hole cut at NCAA tourney

GoMocs.com photo / From left, UTC women's golf head coach Colette Murray, graduate player Dorota Zalewska and assistant coach Sarah Busey are shown at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dorota Zalewska closed out her University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golf career when she shot a 6-over-par 78 on the third day of the NCAA Division I championship tournament at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, missing out on Monday's final round.

The two-time All-Southern Conference selection for the Mocs shot 39s on both the front and back nines, with bogeys on holes No. 1, 7, 8, 11, 15 and 18, failing to make a birdie for the first time all tournament and just the third time all season. Her three-day score of 15-over 231 left her tied for 125th place.

Zalewska, a fifth-year player from Poland who advanced to the national title event by winning an NCAA regional in Raleigh, North Carolina, recently graduated from UTC with a degree in exercise science.

In a Mocs release, she said the experience in Arizona "was great. I got to play against the game's best in the world. It was not my week, but I will be back. That's for sure. I'm not giving up.

"I'll play some events this summer and prepare to qualify for (a professional tour), whether that's here in the States or in Europe."

The tournament's 54-hole cut trimmed the field to the top 15 teams and the top nine individuals not on those teams.

Southern California's Catherine Park was atop the leaderboard at 10-under 206 after a 71 on Sunday, with San Jose State's Lucia Lopez-Ortega two strokes back after also shooting a 71 and three players tied for third at 6 under.

Stanford is atop the team leaderboard at 13-under 851, with Texas and Wake Forest seven strokes back. While Monday's play will determine the individual champion, the top eight teams at that point will move on to two days of match play competition for the title.

As for UTC golf, it will make another NCAA tournament appearance when the men's program competes at Grayhawk starting Friday. The Mocs qualified as a team with their third-place regional finish in Auburn, Alabama.

Compiled by Gene Henley. Contact him at ghenley@timesfreepress.com.