Liam Johnston finishes tied for 11th with a career-best two-under par 214.
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Mocs End Up 7th at Carpet Capital

ROCKY FACE, Ga. --- Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) led the Chattanooga Mocs men's golf team to a seventh-place finish at the Carpet Capital Collegiate. Johnston shot a career-best two-under par 214 to finish tied for 11th.

UTC shot nine-under par 297 over the final 18. That put the 54-hole total at 875 which was three shots behind Wake Forest in sixth and one ahead of Tennessee in eighth.

"Course played harder today," head coach Mark Guhne noted "A lot harder. All-in-all we held in there pretty good after a tough start."

The Mocs were 10-over par through eight holes before finding a few birdies. To that point, only Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) had registered a birdie (on No. 1). UTC played the par five ninth at three under on its counting cards to right the ship.

That started a four-hole swing with six birdies playing five under for the stretch. After a couple of bogeys and a double on 13 and 14, the Mocs posted three more birdies on the par five 15th. The team played the par fives at minus 20 (-8 today) for the week.

Johnston was joined in the top 20 by Fox who tied for 19th at three over (219). Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) tied for 23rd at 220 (+4), while Alex Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) was two shots behind him at 222 (+6) tying for 31st. Davis Bunn ended up at 233 (+17).

"Our tournament really came down to the last two holes the first day," Guhne continued. "We dropped nine shots, take half of those off and we get a top four or five.

"I saw a lot of positives this week," he concluded. "Liam really played well. Only one bad hole and that was a bad break. Really proud of his effort and Fox's considering it was his first time out after an eventful summer."

Defending national champion Texas won the event at 13-under par 851. Georgia was second at 856, while Alabama was third at 865. The Longhorns' Brandon Stone won medalist honors at 12-under 204. T.J. Mitchell (Georgia) and Jordan Spieth (Texas) shared a runner-up finish at 206 (-10).

Chattanooga is off until the PING Golfweek Preview September 23-25. The preview is an event played at the site of the NCAA Championship in the spring. This year's event is in Alpharetta, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta.

The Capital City Club Crabapple Course is the site with Georgia Tech the host institution. The field includes Texas and Alabama, the final two teams in last's championship along with five other teams that made match play at the finals at Riviera Country Club. In fact, all 15 teams in the Preview finished in the top 32 of the 2012 rankings.

Access live scoring, if available, on GoMocs.com on the men's golf schedule page. Follow @GoMocsMGLF for updates during the round as well as pictures and team activities surrounding the event.

Carpet Capital Collegiate
Sept. 7-9 - The Farm - Rocky Face, Ga.

1) Texas

293-266-292

851 (-13)

2) Georgia

278-284-294

856 (-8)

3) Alabama

284-289-292

865 (+1)

4) LSU

286-287-298

871 (+7)

tie) Clemson

292-281-298

871 (+7)

6) Wake Forest

288-286-298

872 (+8)

7) Chattanooga

292-286-297

875 (+11)

8) Tennessee

299-290-287

876 (+12)

9) UNF

291-288-300

879 (+15)

10) Kennesaw State

293-296-294

883 (+19)

11) South Carolina

296-296-294

886 (+22)

tie) Georgia Tech

301-291-294

886 (+22)

tie) North Carolina

291-293-302

886 (+22)

14) Auburn

289-290-311

890 (+26)

15) Middle Tennessee

292-315-296

903 (+39)

Mocs:

   

T11) Liam Johnston

70-70-74

214 (-2)

T19) Steven Fox

71-74-74

219 (+3)

T23) Chris Robb

76-70-74

220 (+4)

T31) Alex Ratliff

75-72-75

222 (+6)

73) Davis Bunn

77-76-80

233 (+17)

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