AUBURN, Ala. (UTC) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's golf team shot 309 in the first round of the NCAA East Regional Thursday at Auburn University Club.
The Mocs are in 19th, one shot clear of Penn State and three ahead of UCF.
Freshman Emily McLennan paced a balanced UTC effort. McLennan shot four-over par 76 on the hot, sunny afternoon in south Alabama. She ended up one stroke ahead of sophomore Agathe Sauzon and junior Jordan Britt with 77's. Freshman Isabella Loza rounded out the counting scores with a 79.
The Mocs are five shots behind FIU in 18th at 304 and eight shy of Kentucky, East Carolina and Texas State, who are all tied for 15th.
Defending national champion Alabama leads after an 11-under 277 effort. The second-ranked Crimson Tide holds a six-stroke leads over the pair of No. 5 Arkansas and No. 20 Tulane tied in second at 283. No. 8 UCLA is in fourth at level par (288).
Tennessee is in tenth at +6.
There is a trio of golfers leading the tournament at five-under par. Emma Levy (Arkansas), Erica Popson (Tennessee) and Emma Talley (Alabama) all fired 67 and lead another trio by one. Jackie Chang (North Carolina), Stephanie Meadow (Alabama) and Emily Penttila (Tulane) are tied for fourth at minus four (68).
The top eight teams after Saturday's third and final round will advance to the NCAA Championships in two weeks. The top two individual finishers not on an advancing team will also make the cut.
Information provided by UTC Sports Media Relations and GoMocs.com.
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