Men’s Golf Recruiting Questionnaire
Head Coach Mark Guhne
Mark Guhne (pronounced JUNE) took the reins of the Chattanooga Mocs men's golf team in 2005 and has led his alma mater to unprecedented heights in men's golf. He has spearheaded a consistent presence in the national rankings.
Under his guidance the program has thrived on and off the course. His teams have set records in competition as well as in the classroom. They’ve also been active in the community with clinics and service activities.
Guhne has directed the Mocs to 17 team and 14 individual wins in his nine seasons. That includes five Southern Conference Championships (2007-09, 2012-13) and one NCAA Regional (2012 Bowling Green) along with the coveted 2008 Carpet Capital Collegiate crown. Prize pupil Stephan Jaeger posted individual wins at conference and regional in leading Chattanooga to those titles in 2012.
He’s had three All-Americans – Jaeger (2012), Jonathan Hodge (2008) and Chris Robb (2014) – during his tenure and between Hodge (2007-08) and Jaeger (2010-12), Guhne’s program boasts five SoCon Golfer of the Year awards. His charges have been awarded PING All-East Region honors 12 times. The jewel of the individual accolades is Steven Fox’s 2012 United States Amateur Championship.
Guhne has piloted the Mocs to the No. 1 ranking in college golf, twice. In back-to-back seasons, 2008-09 and 2009-10, UTC reached the top spot in the Golfstat rankings. His teams have been ranked in the top 25 twice in the end of year rankings with a high of No. 12 in 2008. That 2007-08 team had a remarkable year winning a program-record five times with three medalist honors by Hodge.
Eight of his nine teams qualified for NCAA Regional play. The Mocs twice moved on to compete in the NCAA Championship finishing 18th both times at Inverness in 2009 and Riviera Country Club in 2012. In 2014, Robb became the first Chattanooga competitor since Neil Connolly in 1993 to advance as an individual.
That paved the way to Robb’s All-America honor. He tied for third at the NCAA Eugene Regional shooting 2-over par 212 and captured the berth on the first playoff hole over Niklas Lindstrom of Liberty. He was tied for 75th through 36 holes. A 6-under (64) final round included birdies on the last three holes and five of the last six to rocket up the leaderboard to a tie for 15th.
Guhne's had several individuals ranked among the nation's leaders year-in and year-out. Jaeger posted the highest individual ranking of any Guhne protégée ending up at No. 12 in 2012 finishing his season at 22-under par.
Hodge's No. 26 in 2008 is second to Jaeger, but that season is also the only time the Mocs have had three top 100 performers in the same campaign. Rende (74) and Fredrik Qvicker (88) joined Hodge as the squad boasted four All-Southern Conference performers with that trio and Ben Rickett.
Guhne has four SoCon Coach of the Year awards – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 – with the top-ranked team in the league in seven of the last eight years. He was also named 2009 Eaton/Golf Pride East Region Coach of the Year. In 2014, he was inducted into the Chattanooga Area Sports Hall of Fame.
As part of the growth of the student-athlete, Guhne encourages aggressive summer tournament schedules. During his tenure, five players have qualified for the U.S. Amateur, three in 2007 in Hodge, Rende and Bryce Ledford. Jaeger qualified in 2011 and Fox won it in 2012.
Qvicker finished as low amateur at the 2007 Scandanavian Masters, while Rickett qualified for the 2007 English Amateur, finishing in the final 16, and the 2008 British and English Ams. Rickett, Qvicker and Jaeger all advanced to match play at the Amateur together in 2009.
Rende won the 2007 Tennessee State Open and then followed in 2008 with a win at the Tennessee State Amateur. Hodge qualified for the Western Refining All-American in 2008 and played a phenomenal summer schedule which included a third-round finish at the North/South Amateur. Jaeger was a wild-card entry in the 2011 BMW International Open on the European Tour.
Fox won the 2011 Tennessee Match Play Championship. He made a run at the 2009 Tennessee Open title finishing tied for second to Ledford and was a semi-finalist at the 2010 Match Play Championship. He and Kory Webb won their qualifiers for the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. Fox later claimed the 2013 Tennessee Amateur and the 2014 Tennessee Open to join Rende in winning the tourneys in back-to-back years.
While the athletic accolades are numerous, Guhne is just as proud of the academic prowess his student-athletes consistently display. The team yearly posts one of the athletic department's top team GPA's and in 2012 received national notice. The program achieved a perfect multi-year APR score of 1,000 for the period 2008-11. It became the first in UTC history to attain the mark.
During the 2008-11 stretch, the Mocs had two Cleveland/Srixon All-America Scholars in Jaeger and Rende along with multiple Academic All-SoCon, Dean's List and Athletic Director's Honor Roll mentions. The team's commitment to the classroom mirrors its play on the course. Jaeger took UTC's top academic honor in 2012 winning the Dayle May Award. It goes to the senior male and female student-athletes with the best cumulative grade point average.
His teams are active in the community as well with several projects, but one has become a major involvement. The Mocs have been very active the last few years with the City of Chattanooga Parks & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services C.H.I.P.S. program.
C.H.I.P.S. Golf is one of the many programs Therapeutic Recreation Services facilitates for individuals who have disabilities. C.H.I.P.S. makes it possible for anyone regardless of his or her disability to be able to play the game of golf.
UTC student-athletes have been active playing rounds on regular basis with the C.H.I.P.S. golfers. The team also hosted a golf skills open house for the group prior to the 2011 NCAA Colorado Regional at the Player Development Complex.
Guhne was elevated to the head coaching position on March 1, 2005, after three seasons serving as assistant coach to Reed Sanderlin. A former PGA professional, Guhne earned Class A status and was the 2007 Horton Smith Award winner. He was elected president of the Chattanooga chapter of the PGA in 2008.
Among his playing accomplishments, Guhne was selected to the 2007 Tennessee Challenge Cup team. In 2003 and 2004, he represented Tennessee in the Tennessee vs. Georgia PGA Cup Matches.
Mark and his wife Kelly are both Chattanooga graduates with each earning degrees in 1984. The couple resides in Hixson, Tenn. He is an avid fisherman in his spare time.
GUHNE AT A GLANCE
CLEVELAND GOLF/SRIXON ALL-AMERICA SCHOLARS
SOCON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SOCON FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
2006: Jonathan Hodge, Bryce Ledford
2007: Jonathan Hodge, Bryce Ledford, Derek Rende
2008: Jonathan Hodge, Fredrik Qvicker, Derek Rende, Ben Rickett
2009: Stephan Jaeger, Derek Rende, Ben Rickett
2010: Stephan Jaeger, Derek Rende
2011: Steven Fox, Stephan Jaeger, Benni Weilguni
2012: Steven Fox, Stephan Jaeger
2013: Steven Fox, Chris Robb
2014: Liam Johnston, Chris Robb