Mocs golf teams preparing for SoCon showdown

Mocs sophomore Monica San Juan practices at Chattanooga Golf and Country Club on Thursday afternoon. The SoCon Tourney starts Sunday.

Furman's women's team has turned some heads in the collegiate golf world.

That's just one challenge the Mocs will face later this weekend.

Winning the conference championship equals an automatic bid to the NCAA's.

Sophomore Monica San Juan was fine tuning her game leading up to the SoCon tournament Thursday at Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. "We want to win this tournament as a team. We don't want to come in second place, we want to win it," San Juan said.

She leads the team in scoring. The Spaniard has posted the best numbers by a sophomore and the seventh best in school history.

But she believes in a team effort. "I don't think I need to carry all five, well all six players we have. We're all pretty much in the same level so we don't really have a number one player that has to carry the team so I don't really feel like I have that pressure."

For the men, the pressure is on. Wes Gosselin paces the team as top scorer. The men must win the tourney to make it to the NCAA.

Meanwhile, the women face a stacked field in the SoCon led by #9 Furman. San Juan said it's quite simple. "I mean we have to play our best golf."

The putts have to drop and the women need to master the Lexington, South Carolina course.

Coach Colette Murray described the spring season as disappointing. Murray hopes the team can recapture some of the momentum of the fall. "I think we're trying to keep things in perspective. The two words we're using are appreciation for what we have and perspective of what's really going on," Murray said.

Both player and coach know it takes one shot at a time. Murray noted, "If we turn it on for three days, we absolutely can win this. It's never been harder than it is this year."

The men play at Pinehurst #9 in North Carolina.

Both tournaments run Sunday through Tuesday.

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