UTC's Johnston, McLennan Named Golfers Of The Week

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Three times in five weeks the Chattanooga Mocs boast the Southern Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week. Emily McLennan (Queensland, Australia) follows last week’s winner Jordan Britt (Chattanooga, Tenn.) for the second time in four weeks.

It’s just the second time the Mocs have posted three SoCon weekly honors in a season and the first time winning back-to-back weeks since Yushira Budhram (2010-11), Emma de Groot (2008-11) and Christine Wolf (2008-11) captured three straight in March 2011.

“I think it says a lot for the program and what we’re doing,” Head Coach Colette Murray said. “Emily played really well on a difficult course. She really composed herself after a shaky start. She believed in the game plan, committed to it and got results.

“It’s a small step as she continues to tap into her enormous potential on the course.”

McLennan tied for seventh shooting four-over par 220 at the Briar’s Creek Invitational. She bested four nationally-ranked golfers including No. 8 Ashlan Ramsey (Clemson) by two shots and No. 12 Sloan Shanahan (Clemson) by 12. She led the tournament with a career-high 40 pars turning in five birdies and nine bogeys as well.

She turned in cards of 75, 74 and 71 on the difficult Club at Briar’s Creek tract. The 220 total ties for McLennan’s career best.

The weekly award is the second in Emily’s career as she won it on March 13, 2013 after tying for ninth at the JMU Eagle Landing Invite. McLennan is the third Moc (de Groot and Britt) to win multiple Golfer of the Week honors and the 21st overall. It’s the 13th time a Chattanooga golfer has claimed it.

The Mocs closes out the regular season April 7-8 at the Web.com Intercollegiate at Marsh Landing Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla. The four-time defending SoCon Champion opens play in the league tourney April 13-15 at Moss Creek Club in Hilton Head, S.C.

 Junior Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) is this week’s mens Southern Conference Golfer of the Week. Johnston is coming off a strong performance at the Linger Longer Invitational.

He ended up tied for 13th shooting one-under par 215 against a talented field. This year’s Linger Longer Invite featured 14 players ranked among the top 100 in the country including three in the top 15 and two top five.

Johnston beat six of the 14 top 100 opponents including No. 39 Jimmy Beck of Kennesaw State (4 shots) and No. 43 M.J. Maguire of UNF (6). He did so without his “A-game” according to Head Coach Mark Guhne.

“I was impressed with how he got through each round,” Guhne stated. “He has so much fight to go with his talent. He finds a way to get it done when he is not at the top of his game and really, I’m not sure there is a greater compliment for a golfer than that.”

Johnston led the Mocs to an eighth-place finish in the event. It was a solid performance against a quality field that included No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia and No. 15 Oklahoma. In all, there were 12 top 100 programs in the tourney including seven top 50.

It’s the first SoCon honor in Johnston’s career. He is the first Moc this season to capture the award. There have been seven since 2001 to win it a total of 15 times.

Chattanooga completes the regular season portion of the schedule April 7-8 at the Old Waverly Collegiate in West Point, Miss. The Mocs defend their back-to-back Southern Conference Championships April 20-22 at National Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C.

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