CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---Chattanooga Mocs Head Men’s Golf Coach Mark Guhne announced the 2013-14 schedule today pending approval from the Faculty Athletics Committee. The slate includes five fall and five spring events before championship season. There is also an individual tourney between the two portions of the schedule.
“Every year we try to piece together a schedule that gives us the best chance to be successful in April and May,” Guhne stated. “We are returning to several places and have a few new ones. This is an experienced team and we want to take advantage of that. We are playing seven familiar venues out of the 10 tournaments this year. I’m excited to get started.”
It opens with one of the most prestigious events on the collegiate schedule, the Carpet Capital Collegiate. The Carpet Capital is played September 6-8 at The Farm in nearby Rocky Face, Ga. The Mocs won the event in 2008.
“The Carpet Capital is one of the premier events in the nation,” Guhne continued. “Our win in 2008 will always rank as one of the top wins in school history with the 2012 NCAA Regional. Short of a national championship, it doesn’t get much better than winning at The Farm.”
The Mocs head to Iowa September 15-17 for the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Former All-American Stephan Jaeger (2009-12) got the first of his three wins in the 2011-12 season at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in the 2011 event.
From there, Chattanooga plays its next three in very familiar locations. There’s the Brickyard Collegiate (Macon, Ga.), another special event which the Mocs have played in since 2008, October 4-6. It’s followed by the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic October 14-15 and the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate October 26-27.
UTC is making its third straight appearance at the AutoTrader in Atlanta (Berkeley Hills C.C.) and second at the Bridgestone (Grandover Resort) in Greensboro. Rising senior Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) is the defending medalist at Grandover.
In between the fall and spring slates, several Mocs will compete at the Savannah Quarters Individual. Played at Savannah Quarters Golf Club in Savannah, the event is a good tune-up for the push to championship season.
The spring starts in Mobile, Ala., for the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate (Feb. 17-18). Derek Rende (2007-10) shot 63 in the second round en route to medalist honors to lead Chattanooga to a tourney win in 2007. It’s on to Mexico March 2-4 for the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Cabo San Lucas before a familiar run of events.
After a year away, UTC heads back to two tourneys it has a lot of history with in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate and Linger Longer Invitational. The Palmetto, site of Mocs wins in 2008 and 2010, is March 10-11 at Palmetto Golf Club, while the Linger Longer is March 22-23 at Great Waters Course in Eatonton, Ga.
The final regular-season tournament is a new locale. Mississippi State’s Old Waverly Collegiate is April 7-8. The tourney is played at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. It leads into the championship portion of the year which is where the Mocs have excelled of late.
The Southern Conference Championship is moving to a new venue, one that can’t help but excite the traditional golf fan, Pinehurst, N.C. Chattanooga has back-to-back titles and five of the last seven.
The NCAA Regionals are May 15-17 at six possible locations – Auburn University Club; Auburn, Ala., The Club at Old Hawthorne; Columbia, Mo.; Lonnie Poole Golf Course; Raleigh, N.C.; Rich Harvest Farms; Sugar Grove, Ill.; Eugene Country Club; Eugene, Ore., and Briggs Ranch Golf Club; San Antonio, Texas – with a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championship. The finals are May 27-June 1 at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kan. UTC has played in seven consecutive regionals winning in 2012 in Bowling Green, Ky. It has advanced to two NCAA Championships (2009 & 2012) as a team and one individual (1993 - Neil Connolly).
“It’s going to be a challenge,” Guhne concluded. “But it’s one we are up for…I believe in the group we have coming back and am very excited about our four new arrivals. We are looking forward to another special year.”
Guhne returns four starters from last year’s SoCon Champions. Seniors Robb, David Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) along with junior Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) have made 107 combined starts and played 327 collegiate rounds. Kory Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Wes Gosselin (Knoxville, Tenn.) return as well, while Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland), Stuart Thomas (Knoxville, Tenn.), Brooks Thomas (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Andrew Weathers (Chattanooga, Tenn.) add to a very competitive mix for the five starting positions.
2013-14 CHATTANOOGA MOCS GOLF SCHEDULE
Sept. 6-8: Carpet Capital Classic - Dalton, Ga. (The Farm - Hosted by Georgia Tech)
Sept. 15-17: Golfweek Conference Challenge - Burlington, Iowa ( Spirit Hollow G.C. - Hosted by Golfweek)
Oct. 4-6: Brickyard Collegiate - Macon, Ga. (The Brickyard at Riverside - Hosted by Mercer)
Oct. 14-15: AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic - Duluth, Ga. (Berkeley Hills C.C. - Hosted by Georgia St.)
Oct. 26-27: Bridgestone Golf Collegiate - Greensboro, N.C. (Grandover Resort - Hosted by UNCG)
Feb. 10-11: Savannah Quarters Individual - Savannah, Ga. (Savannah Quarters G.C.)
Feb. 17-18: Mobile Bay Intercollegiate - Mobile, Ala. (Magnolia Grove Crossings Course - Hosted by South Ala.)
March 2-4: Querencia Cabo Collegiate - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Querencia G.C. - Hosted by SMU)
March 10-11: Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate - Aiken, S.C. (Palmetto G.C. - Hosted by USC-Aiken)
March 22-23: Linger Longer Invitational - Eatonton, Ga. (Great Waters G.C. - Hosted by Mercer/Kennesaw St.)
April 7-8: Old Waverly Collegiate Championship - West Point, Miss. (Old Waverly G.C. - Hosted by Miss. State)
April 20-22: Southern Conference Championship - Pinehurst, N.C. (TBA - Hosted by SoCon)
May 15-17: NCAA Regionals - TBA (Sites: Auburn University Club; Auburn, Ala., The Club at Old Hawthorne; Columbia, Mo., Lonnie Poole Golf Course; Raleigh, N.C., Rich Harvest Farms; Sugar Grove, Ill., Eugene Country Club; Eugene, Ore., Briggs Ranch Golf Club; San Antonio, Texas)
May 27-June 1: NCAA Championship - Hutchinson, Kan. (Prairie Dunes C.C. - Hosted by Wichita State)