STATE COLLEGE, PA. (UTC) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team is tied for 18th after 18 holes at the NCAA East Regional on the Penn State Blue Course.
UTC shot 311 on Thursday to finish the opening round tied with San Diego State and Augusta State at 23-over par.
The top eight teams in the 24-team field will advance to the NCAA Championships. The Mocs are 12 shots behind eighth-place Oklahoma State with 36 holes left to play.
Senior Maria Juliana Loza is tied for 17th after leading the Mocs with a one-over par 73. The 73 is even more impressive considering the wind and rain she battled during the round. She had a team-high three birdies and 11 pars.
Sophomore Marion Duvernay carded a five-over par 77. She got off to a rough start bogeying three of the first four holes. She birdied 18 to close out her round.
Sophomore Jordan Britt was one off Duvernay's pace. She ended her round with a nice birdie on the par three 17 before dropping an eight-foot par putt on 18. Sophomore Sophie Weilguni shot 83, while freshman Mette Kryger posted an 87.
No. 25 South Carolina leads at even-par 288. No. 2 Alabama is second at 292 (+4), while No. 15 Florida stands in third at 294 (+6). Texas A&M's Katerina Ruzickova fired a five-under 67 to grab the lead by one over Janet Vongphoumy (Maryland) on the individual leaderboard.
Alabama's Brooke Pancake, a former Baylor School standout, is tied for 39th after an opening round 75 (+3).
Chattanooga returns to the course for round two of three Friday morning. UTC tees off No.10 at 8:25 a.m., led by Kryger. She's followed by Weilguni (8:36), Britt (8:47), Duvernay (8:58) and Loza (9:09).
Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.