(Photo Credit: GoMocs.com) Mark Guhne and his Chattanooga Mocs men's golf team begin the 2014-15 campaign at the Carpet Capital Collegiate at the Farm near Dalton, Ga.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---New beginnings. That’s a decent theme for the 2014-15 men’s golf season for the Chattanooga Mocs. It all starts Friday, September 5, at the prestigious Carpet Capital Collegiate at the Farm in Rocky Face, Ga. Known as “the Masters of College Golf”, the Carpet Capital is one of the premier events in collegiate golf.
“It is a special event,” coach Mark Guhne smiled and stated. “The Farm is an amazing venue, and this truly is one of the elite events in college golf. We have our work cut out for us, but I believe in the potential this team has for this season.
“The key is turning potential into performance.”
Three starters return from a year ago in senior Liam Johnston and sophomores Ewan Scott and Wes Gosselin. Sophomore Zac Stolz and redshirt freshman Andrew Weathers join the trio as a young squad makes the short trip south to the Farm.
“I’m really proud of Andrew winning our qualifying event,” Guhne added. “Zac had a great summer, and I think you’ll see Ewan and Wes take big steps forward after solid first seasons. Liam played at an elite level last fall. I know he has the ability to carry that on for the full season. It will be good to get this first test under our belts and see where we stand.”
The three-day, 54-hole event begins on Friday and ends Sunday. Admission is free all three days with the Farm located about 30 minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Click the live scoring link above to access tee times and scores when they are available.
2014 Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic
Tournament Field: Alabama, Auburn, CHATTANOOGA, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech (host), Kennesaw State, LSU, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina, UNF, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest
Where: The Farm, Rocky Face, Ga. | Par 72 | 7,012 yards
When: September 5-7
Format: 54 holes over three days (Fri.-Sun.)
How to Get There (from McKenzie Arena): Get on US-27 South to I-24 East. Take I-75 South to Exit 336. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto GA-3/US 41 N/US 76 W. In 1.75 miles, turn left onto Old Lafayette Rd. After about a half-mile, take a left onto Mill Creek Road. Go approximately two miles to the entrance to the Farm on the left. Follow the road to the clubhouse. Physical Address: 187 South Goose Hill Road, Rocky Face, Ga.
2013 Results: Georgia Tech won last year’s event by six over Georgia shooting 14-under par 850 (280-289-281). The Mocs ended up 14th at 899 handcuffed by opening with a 306. Bailey Patrick (UNC) and Ollie Schniederjans (Ga. Tech) tied for first at 9-under (207).
Best Team Finish: 1st, 2008 (2nd in 2009)
Team Records: 18 holes: 283, 2008 (2) | 36: 574, 2008 & 2011 | Total: 863, 2009
Best Individual Finish: Jonathan Hodge, T2, 2008 (213)/Benni Weilguni, 2, 2011 (210)
A Look Back & a Look Ahead
Last Time Out: The last tournament for the Mocs was a lonely affair. Departed graduate Chris Robb qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championships after Chattanooga’s T6 finish at the NCAA Eugene Regional. Robb closed strong with a NCAA postseason school record-tying 64 to tie for 15th at 2-under par 208 in the rain-shortened tourney. It earned him PING/GCAA All-America honorable mention honors.
Next Up: In exactly one week, Chattanooga treks east to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Tar Heel Intercollegiate. The event is played at UNC’s Finley Golf Course which is one of the six sites selected for 2015 NCAA Regional play.
- The Chattanooga Mocs return three starters from last season and six letter winners. Add in two redshirts and the entire current squad of eight resided in Chattanooga a season ago.
- Carpet Capital Collegiate History: Year: Team Finish & Scores | Top Individual
2007: T9th/299-294-293=886 (+22) | Derek Rende, T10, 75-72-69=216 (E)
2008: 1st/291-283-290=864 (E) | Jonathan Hodge, T2, 71-72-70=213 (-3)
2009: 2nd/291-284-288=863 (-1) | Stephan Jaeger, T3, 74-66-71=211 (-5)
2010: 8th/290-285-305=880 (+16) | Steven Fox, T7, 69-69-75=213 (-3)
2011: 6th/287-287-290 (E) | Benni Weilguni, 2, 72-67-71=210 (-6)
2012: 7th/292-286-297=875 (+11) | Liam Johnston, T11, 70-70-74=214 (-2)
2013: 14th/306-296-297=899 (+35) | Davis Bunn, T27, 71-74-75=220 (+4)
- Johnston’s only other appearance at the Carpet Capital was as a sophomore in 2012. He shot 2-under par 214 to tie for 11th with rounds of 70, 70 and 74. He was an All-SoCon performer in 2013-14.
- Scott got off to a slow start to his freshman campaign. His average over his last 29 cards was a strong 73.45 to make the SoCon All-Freshman team.
- Gosselin earned 2014 SoCon All-Freshman honors as well. He made nine starts last season.
- Stolz was runner-up at the Tennessee Match Play over the summer. He nearly became the second Chattanooga golfer to claim the title during collegiate career (Steven Fox, 2011).
- Weathers is making his first collegiate start after redshirting in 2013-14. The Chattanooga native was the first to qualify for the squad after leading the Mocs’ “Q School” through 54 holes.
- Recent first appearances at the Farm include: Stephan Jaeger (2008, T4, 214, 2nd start), Steven Fox (2009, T24, 220, 1st), Davis Bunn (2010, T23, 220, 1st), Chris Robb (2010, T49, 230, 1st), Benni Weilguni (2010, 57th, 236, 1st), Wes Gosselin (2013, T53, 227, 1st), Stuart Thomas (2013, T53, 227, 1st), Scott (2013, T59, 228, 1st) and Brooks Thomas (2013, T68, 234, 1st).
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The Chattanooga Mocs golf program has won six Southern Conference Championships (1987, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013) since joining the league in 1977-78. The Mocs have twice been ranked No. 1 in the nation during the falls of 2008 and 2009. It boasts:
- 3 NCAA Championships Appearances: 2009, 2012, 2014 (Individual).
- 3 All-Americans: Jonathan Hodge (2008), Stephan Jaeger (2012) and Chris Robb (2014).
- 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional Championship with Jaeger earning medalist honors.
- Two top 25 season-ending rankings: 2008 (12) and 2009 (25).
- 1 United States Amateur Champion: Steven Fox (2012).
- 1 Scottish Amateur Champion: Chris Robb (2014).
- 4 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars: Derek Rende (2009, 2010) and Jaeger (2011, 2012).
- 2 SoCon Champions: Donnie Green (1978) and Jaeger (2012).
- 5 SoCon Golfers of the Year: Hodge (2007, 2008) and Jaeger (2010, 2011, 2012).
- 2 SoCon Freshman of the Years – Rende (2007) and Jaeger (2009).