(Photo Credit: GoMocs.com): and his Chattanooga Mocs make their eight straight NCAA Regional appearance with a trip west to Eugene Country Club
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The streak is eight. That’s the consecutive number of years the Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf program has played its way into NCAA Regionals.
“It’s been nerve-wracking week-and-a-half waiting to find out,” Head Coach Mark Guhne stated. “I’m glad we made it in. If we play the way we are capable of playing, it can be a good trip. We’ll go to work right away to prepare to make that happen.”
Chattanooga is one of 13 teams invading Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Eugene Regional. It’s joined by Stanford, Houston, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Baylor, Liberty, Oregon, Tennessee, UNF, East Tennessee State, Wichita State and Northern Colorado along with 10 individuals from around the country.
The three-day, 54-hole event is May 15-17. The top five teams and one individual on a non-advancing team move on to the NCAA Championship. In total, there are 81 teams and 45 singles at six sites vying for the 30 squad and six solo spots in the finals May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Eugene Country Club is ranked in Golf Digest’s top 100 courses in the United States and as one of the top 100 modern courses by Golfweek. It was organized in 1899 and is the second oldest country club in the nation. Robert Trent Jones remodeled the layout in 1990 which plays par 70 at 6,990 yards. It hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship (1959, 1978), U.S. Women’s Amateur (2008), U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur (1993) and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (2002).
Three Southern Conference teams played their way into the field with Georgia Southern (San Antonio) and UNCG (Auburn) joining the Mocs along with individuals J.T. Poston of Western Carolina and Richard Fountain (Davidson) at the Raleigh site. Mercer (Raleigh) and ETSU (Eugene) join the league in 2014-15 and also made regionals this season.
Chattanooga is one of six Tennessee schools in the field of 81 joined by Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, ETSU and Memphis. A link to live scoring is available on GoMocs.com. Follow live updates from the course by @GoMocsMGLF on twitter.
EUGENE REGIONAL | Eugene Country Club | Eugene, Ore.
East Tennessee State
Individuals: Cody Blick, San Jose State, Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force, David Fink, Oregon State, Owen Taylor, Sacramento State, Byron Meth, Pacific, Tyler Torano, Loyola Marymount, Cory McElyea, San Francisco, Pete Fernandez, UC Irvine, Alex Franklin, Oregon State, Frederick Wedel, Pepperdine
AUBURN REGIONAL | Auburn University Club | Auburn, Ala.
Sam Houston State
COLUMBIA REGIONAL | The Club at Old Hawthorne | Columbia, Mo.
San Diego State
RALEIGH REGIONAL | Lonnie Poole Golf Course | Raleigh, N.C.
SUGAR GROVE REGIONAL | Rich Harvest Farms | Sugar Grove, Ill.
Cal State Fullerton
New Mexico State
SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL | Briggs Ranch Golf Club | San Antonio, Texas
College of Charleston
CHATTANOOGA MEN’S GOLF NCAA POSTSEASON HISTORY
1992 East Regional (Individual): Neil Connolly, T60, 77-73-79=229
1993 East Regional (Individual): Neil Connolly, T5, 70-74-69=213
1993 NCAA Championship (Individual): Neil Connolly, Cut
2007 East Regional (Team): 19th, 299-306-305=910 (Miss by 26 shots)
2008 East Regional (Team): 12th, 282-281-290=853 (Miss by 4)
2009 South Central Regional (Team): 3rd, 298-300-309=907 (Clear by 10)
2009 NCAA Championship: 18th, 292-297-299=888
2010 Southwest Regional (Team): 12th, 304-299-309=912 (Miss by 26)
2011 Colorado Regional (Team): 9th, 291-288-284=863 (Miss by 6)
2012 Bowling Green Regional (Team): 1st, 294-281-284=859 (Clear by 20)
2012 NCAA Championship: 18th, 299-295-290=884
2013 Columbus Regional (Team), 9th, 304-294-291=889 (Miss by 10)
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