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UTC women's golf, Sauzon claim SoCon titles

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HILTON HEAD, SC (WRCB) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team's reign over the Southern Conference will continue for one more year.

Agathe Sauzon claimed conference medalist honors in a playoff and the Mocs bested runner-up Furman by six strokes to win their fourth straight SoCon team championship and clinch a spot in the NCAA Regionals.

Sauzon, who finished at +2 for the 54-hole tournament and beat College of Charleston's Mary Chandler Bryan with a birdie on the first playoff hole, is the third straight medalist for UTC. Teammate Jordan Britt in 2012 and ex-Moc Emma de Groot in 2011.

Chattanooga has now qualified for the NCAA Regionals as a team in five straight years.

UTC fired a final round 298 to hold off the surging Paladins, who carded the day's best round of 291 to close the gap. Chattanooga finished with an 895 for the tournament with Furman at 901. UNC Greensboro (903) finished eight shots back in third.

Sauzon carded a final-round 71 to tie Bryan for the top spot and force a playoff, but she was far from the only Moc atop the leaderboard. Emily McLennan (tied for fifth at +6), Isabella Loza (tied for 12th at +14) and Britt (tied for 16th at +16) all finished in the top 20.

Head coach Colette Murray was named the SoCon Coach of the Year for the third time in the last four years, while McLennan earned the league's Freshman of the Year honor.

Britt, McLennan and Sauzon were also named to the All-SoCon team.

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