Head Coach Mark Guhne and his Chattanooga Mocs head south to Auburn to face a tough field in the Tiger Invitational.
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Mocs Open Play Monday at Auburn

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men's golf team returns to action Monday at Auburn's Tiger Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole event is on the Lake Course at Grand National Golf Course in Opelika, Ala. The field plays 36 holes on Monday with a final 18 slated for Tuesday.

The tourney lineup includes senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.), juniors Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.), Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) and Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria), and sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland). This is the second straight event this five-some has competed in.

Chattanooga is one of six teams in the field ranked in Golfstat's top 50. Auburn (21) and Wake Forest (24) both rank in the top 25. All-in-all, 12 programs ranked among the top 75 will battle over 54 holes.

Click the live scoring link above to access the tournament site. Tee times are posted there based on availability. The link is also available at GoMocs.com on the men's golf schedule page. Follow @GoMocsMGLF for updates before and during the tournament.

2013 TIGER INVITATIONAL - MARCH 11-12
TOURNAMENT FIELD
Auburn, Charlotte, CHATTANOOGA, East Carolina, Houston, Kentucky, Kennesaw State, North Carolina, Memphis, Mississippi State, Samford, South Alabama, Troy, Wake Forest, Yale

TOURNAMENT FIELD - RANKING

Team (As of 3/6)

Golfstat

Golfweek

Auburn

21

21

Wake Forest

24

28

Houston

31

33

Mississippi State

41

42

CHATTANOOGA

42

44

North Carolina

45

41

South Alabama

51

54

Kentucky

54

52

Charlotte

66

65

East Carolina

68

71

Memphis

69

72

Kennesaw State

73

60

Yale

101

119

Samford

109

107

Troy

135

144

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: March 11-12
Location: Opelika, Ala.
Format: 54 Holes (36/18)
Course: Grand National Golf Club Lake Course (Par 72/7,149 Yards)
No. of Teams: 15

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG

SPRING

Chris Robb

72.17

74.33

Steven Fox

72.33

72.33

Liam Johnston

73.39

73.00

Davis Bunn

74.87

72.67

Benni Weilguni

75.47

78.00

TEAM

292.06

291.67

HEAD COACH
MARK GUHNE (Chattanooga '84) is in his eighth year as a head coach, all at Chattanooga.  The Mocs have won 16 team titles under his watch, including four SoCon titles and one NCAA Regional. He has been named SoCon Coach of the Year four times (2006, 2007, 2008 & 2012) and PING East Region Coach of the Year once (2009).  He has coached 13 medalists and one U.S. Amateur Champ (2012 - Steven Fox).

LAST TIME OUT
Chattanooga ended up tied for fifth with Baylor at the Bayou City Collegiate in Humble, Texas. The squad shot 290-290-295 for an 875 total led by Steven Fox's tie for 18th finish at plus one (72-73-72=217).

UP NEXT
The Mocs are back on the course March 22-24 at the Furman Intercollegiate at Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C.

NOTES
- Chris Robb is getting noticed for his play. The affable Scot is No. 19 in the current Palmer Cup standings for the European team. He is ranked in the top 100 at No. 76 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and No. 100 on Golfstat.

- Fox is also in the top 100 at No. 81 (Golfweek) and 97 (Golfstat). He is No. 24 in the R&A World Amateur Rankings.

- Robb (8) and Fox (7) lead the team in par or better rounds with half of Robb's including four cards in the 60's. Liam Johnston has six to rank third.

- The team has posted three par or better rounds in 18 total. The low was a 277 in the final round of the Brickyard Collegiate.

- Robb leads the Mocs in stroke average (72.17), birdies (3.00), fewest others (0.28), Par 4 Scoring (4.11) and Par 5 Scoring (4.63).

- Fox leads his squad in pars at 12.33 per round, fewest bogeys (2.60) and par or better holes (83.0%). He is the only Moc to count in every round he's played for the team this season (15).

- Michael Monroe is the team leader in Par 3 Scoring (2.97) at minus one.

- Benni Weilguni leads in eagles per round (0.20) with three total. Robb also has three averaging one every six rounds.

- As a team, UTC is -59 on the par fives (4.59). It was -20 at the Carpet Capital and -19 at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.

- Signee Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) is off to a phenomenal start to 2013.  Scott has risen to No. 316 in R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings (2/20/13) after finishing fifth at the South African Stroke Play Championship (-8, 71-67-71-71=280) following with a semifinal appearance the South African Match Play.

- Fox is 12 birdies shy of 350 and 41 pars short of 1300 for his career. He's posted 37 rounds with four or more birdies (4 in 2012-13), 56 with 12 or more pars (10), 14 in the 60's (1) and 43 par or better (7). He has six top fives (1) and 11 total top 10's (2) with one win (2010 Furman Intercollegiate).

- Robb has 31 career cards with four or more birdies (8) tallied, 31 with 12 or more pars (7), nine in the 60's (4) and 25 par or better (8). He has three top 10's each time finishing in the top five including his two wins. He has 10 eagles, 234 birdies and 905 pars in his two-plus years.

- Johnston topped 100 career birdies now with 105 after the Bayou City Collegiate. He is eight pars from his 500th. He has eight career rounds of four or more birdies (4), 17 with 12 or more pars (8) and 10 par or better (6). He has one top 10 (2011 SoCon Champ.).

- Davis Bunn needs 30 pars for 750 in his career.

- Robb was dominant in his win at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. It was his second collegiate win and interestingly enough included the same three scores for the same winning total, nine-under par 207 (72-66-69). He fired rounds of 66, 69 and 72 winning the 2010 Springhill Suites Collegiate, his second career start.

- Had a career-high three eagles and 12 birdies at the Bridgestone. He tied his career-best round of 66 on his second 18.

- Four Mocs competed at the Savannah Quarters Individual Intercollegiate in Pooler, Ga. Davis Bunn finished fourth shooting three-under par 213 (71-69-73) followed by Kory Webb (T5, 218), Weilguni (T9, 223) and Alex Ratliff (T16, 227).

- Fox was near flawless in his runner-up finish at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate. He recorded a career-high 45 pars while also making five birdies playing 50 of 54 holes par or better with just four bogeys.

- Monroe saw his first action of his collegiate career, while Weilguni made his season debut at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate. They acquitted themselves well tying for 22nd shooting two-over par 218 over their 54 holes.

- The final round 277 (-11) at the Brickyard is tied for the sixth lowest competitive round in school history. It is also tied for the second lowest score outside of Chattanooga behind the -15 273 at the 2009 Administaff ASU Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Robb, Michael Monroe and Benni Weilguni carded three-under par 69s, while Liam Johnston added a 70.

-  U.S. Amateur Champion Steven Fox missed out on the Brickyard Collegiate. He spent that weekend representing the United States at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey. Fox is joined on the team by Chris Williams (Washington) and Justin Thomas (Alabama) with Jim Vernon serving as captain. The event was shortened to 54 holes due to weather but it did not slow down the American squad. The USA trio set a 54-hole record shooting 24-under par 404. Fox finished tied for 10th in a field of 214 firing 71, 68, 69 for a six-under par 208. He also represented the U.S. at the Copas de las Americas in January.

- The opening two events (Carpet Capital Collegiate & PING/Golfweek Preview) were two of the toughest fields in collegiate golf this season. Both featured last year's NCAA Championship Finalists, Texas and Alabama. The Preview had 14 of 15 teams ranked in Golfweek's preseason top 25 including UTC at No. 24.

- Wins at the Carpet Capital included three teams ranked in the top 12 at the end of the previous season. Auburn (by 15 strokes) was No. 8 in 2011-12, while North Florida (4) was No. 10 and Georgia Tech (9) 11th. The Mocs went 3-3 against the SEC, beating the Tigers, Tennessee and South Carolina, and 2-2 against the ACC topping Tech and North Carolina.

- Beat then-No. 7 Georgia at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate.

- The Mocs return four of five starters from last year's NCAA Bowling Green Regional Champion along with two letterwinners and three strong freshmen from the state of Tennessee. Fox headlines the group that includes senior Ratliff, juniors Bunn, Robb and Weilguni and sophomore Johnston. First team All-American and four-time PING All-East Region performer Stephan Jaeger (2009-12) graduated.

- Former Mocs All-American Stephan Jaeger (2009-12) qualified for his first PGA Tour event, the Puerto Rico Open (March 7-10). He missed the cut by two shots shooting one-under par 143 (70-73).

- Former Mocs All-American Jonathan Hodge (2006-09) earned his Web.Com Tour card for 2013.

- Fox had the big win of the 2012 summer circuit for the Mocs, but he was not alone. Johnston and Robb each won in their native Scotland. Johnston captured the Tennant Cup at Glasgow Gailes and Killermont in June. He shot 68-62 over the final 36 holes for a one-shot win. Robb won the North East Open at Newmachar Golf Club. He shot six-under to win by five over former Walker Cupper Graham Gordon.

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