UTSA takes the crown of Chattanooga Classic on Tuesday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.— Led by top five finishes Ana Gonzales and Hannah Holzman and a final 70 of Nicole PolivchakThe UTSA women’s golf team held off North Florida with a shot for the Chattanooga Classic team’s crown Tuesday at the Council Fire Golf Course (par 72/6,234 yards).

With a two-shot lead going into the final 18 holes, the Roadrunners and Ospreys battled for team supremacy all day. Strong finishes from Gonzalez, who stormed in 17th, and Holzmann, who birdied her last two holes, and birdied out on the 18th Camryn Carreon and Polivchak helped lead UTSA to a total of 293 teams and a 5-over-par of 869 for the event on Tuesday, a shot better than North Florida.

UTSA finished six shots ahead of third-place Central Arkansas and landed 86 shots ahead of Big Ten Conference member Indiana in the 20-man field and won the program’s 15th team championship, including seventh under the head coach sophomore year summer cambric. It is the Roadrunners’ first team title since they won the 2020 Maryb S. Kauth Invitational just over two years ago and days before the rest of this season was canceled due to the pandemic.

“I’m very proud of these ladies,” said Batiste, two-time Conference USA Coach of the Year. “Every day this group puts a lot of work into it and pushes each other to get better. Seeing them come down the track with courage today and focus on finishing strong is something we look forward to this spring.”

UTSA completed the final stretch of Tuesday’s holes behind North Florida in a close race for the team trophy.

Gonzalez sat at 2 over par all day before registering her hole-in-one on the par 3 17th to level her for the round and it also helped propel the Roadrunners to the top of the team to bring races forever. A super senior from Monterrey, Mexico, she led the lineup by earning part of the second honor with 4-under 212 behind 11 birdies for the week. The four-time All-Conference performer finished with a 72 after lapping back-to-back 70s Sunday through Monday for her 13th top-10 finish of her career.

Holzmann, who played in the final group, bounced back from bogeys in 15th-16th place with back-to-back birdies on the final two holes to secure the team title for UTSA. The San Antonio senior landed fourth with 2 under 214 as she posted a career-best 67 on Monday, which was pinched by a 72 and a 75 en route to her second top 10 of the season and ninth of her career .

Polivchak put the UTSA on pace Tuesday with their 2-under-par scorecard based on five birdies, the last of which helped the roadrunners start their rally for the win. The super senior finished 13th with 3-over-219 after opening the 54-hole event with a 76-73-149.

Carreon registered the other final round count for the Roadrunners with a 76 that included three birdies, all in the last five holes. The San Antonio native finished with 8-over 224 in a tie for 36th after opening 79-69-148.

Hunter Nugent finished the UTSA order in a tie for 92nd place with 240 (80-82-78).

Duke’s Anne Chen won the singles crown with a 9-under 207 (72-69-66).

The Roadrunners return home to the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational next Tuesday-Wednesday, May 5-6. April, at the San Antonio Country Club. Admission is free for spectators.


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