The 20th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs got off to a slow start at the Mason Rudolph Championships. The quintet shot 299 over the first 18 holes at Vanderbilt Legends Club’s North Course with the group just not able to get it going Friday. That’s something the Mocs look to change over the next two days.
“Not the start we were hoping for,” explained Coach Colette Murray. “We have two more days to try to climb our way back into this. They all felt like they let too many shots go today. The goal is to try to get the complete round in…all 18 holes.”
Esme Hamilton led the way with a level-par 72. That’s now three of four rounds played par or better on the year (71.33 strokes/18). That puts her in 22nd in the power-packed field. She overcame a 3-over start over the first three holes playing the final 15 with three birdies and 12 pars.
Beatriz Barrios added 74. She was 3 over through eight holes before birdies at two and five (her 11th & 14th holes after starting her day on 10). A bogey at the par 4 ninth finished her round a +2.
Megan Docherty and Carolina Hortian closed out the counting cards. Docherty started out with 76, while Hortian was a stroke behind with 77. Dorota Zalewska posted the drop score of 79.
Oregon has the team lead at 12-under 276. Host Vanderbilt is second with 282. The Commodores Austin Kim is the individual leader after an opening 65.
The Mocs come back to the tee at 10:55 a.m., Eastern time, Saturday morning. They play with Georgia, which is one ahead at 298, and Mississippi State, which is one behind Chattanooga. Zalewska is first followed by Hortian (11:05), Docherty (11:15), Barrios (11:25) and Hamilton (11:35).