UTC’s Zalewska Earns Another SoCon Honor

Back-to-back wins with one being a dramatic capturing of the Chattanooga Mocs seventh Southern Conference Medalist award. Two SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week honors with another Golfer of the Week as well as a season one with her first All-SoCon selection. That’s not to mention preparations underway for the NCAA Tournament where she tees off Monday at the Franklin Regionals.

It’s been quite the month for junior Dorota Zalewska, pronounced zuh-LEV-skah. The league office added to that long list of happiness Friday with one more pronouncement.

Zalewska is the April Women’s Golfer of the Month.

“It has been a very special month indeed,” Coach Colette Murray smiled at the questioner’s obvious statement. “I am glad she is starting to see how much potential she has, because I believe it is only going to help her work much harder and want more. It’s always nice to see your student-athlete succeed in such ways.”

How it started? A win at the Brickyard Collegiate shooting 2-under 142 in the weather-shortened event. It was over a 36-hole day that Murray said at the time was close to a 9 under performance if not for unfriendly greens.

How it continued? SoCon Champion. We called it dramatic above. A hole-in-one on her 53rd hole does that holding off a birdie-birdie finish for playing partner Becca Earl from Wofford that included a chip in on 18 for the one-stroke victory. Due to weather in North Myrtle Beach, the duo dueled all 54 holes together under challenging conditions to be the only two in the field to finish par or better for the three days with Zalewska the only one to break it with 1-under 215.

How it finished? It came with word of her season’s next stop, the NCAA Franklin Regionals just up the road in suburban Nashville. Zalewska, five other individuals and 12 teams converge on the North Course at the Vanderbilt Legends Club Monday for the 3-day, 54-hole event. The top four teams and two individual finishers on non-advancing squads move on to the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz.