CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The Chattanooga Mocs men's golf team has remained busy even in the winter months. Here are a few notes on the happenings with the program in recent weeks:
Fox Tees It Up on PGA Tour Thursday
Senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) is making his PGA Tour debut on Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, Calif. The event is played at the famed Torrey Pines Golf Club. It adds to an impressive list of courses tied to historic moments for Fox.
He won his U.S. Amateur title on the fabled Cherry Hills Country Club tract. He is entered in the Masters on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National where he takes full advantage of practice round availability.
Fox also get to play two historic major venues. His U.S. Open experience is at Merion Golf Club. The British Open is at Muirfield.
The Farmers Insurance Open begins Thursday and runs through Sunday. He is paired with Billy Horschel and Donald Constable. Horschel is a former All-American from Florida, while Constable was All-Big 10 at Minnesota in 2011. Follow live scoring here.
Signee Ewan Scott Shines in Australia Events
Signee Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) excelled in Australia for his native Scotland and Great Britain in recent events. It started at the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship at Royal Melbourne. Scott finished fifth in the event with a three-under par total of 285.
It was a fantastic field and he was the top finisher not from Australia. That included the likes of collegians Garrick Porteous (Tennessee) and Patrick Rodgers (Stanford) who finished a shot behind him. Rodgers is a returning All-American currently ranked No. 5 in the Golfstat collegiate rankings, while Porteous completed his eligibility at UT last spring as a two-time PING All-Southeast Region performer. Scott also topped Cal's Brandon Hagy, an honorable mention All-American in 2012 who lost to Steven Fox in the U.S. Amateur semis, by 10. Hagy is No. 24 in the country according to Golfstat.
Hagy is the No. 14 player on the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings, while Rodgers checks in at No. 15. Scott is currently No. 401. That would rank third on the current Mocs squad: Fox (18), Chris Robb (256)
He followed that performance teaming with three others to win the Gold Medal at the Aussie Youth Olympic Festival for Great Britain in Sydney. Scott shot eight-under par 280 to finish eighth overall.
Johnston, Fox Entered in the Jones Cup
Sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) qualified to play in the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational this past week. Johnston shot 72 and is one of three to advance out of a five-person playoff for the coveted berth. He joins Fox who was exempt. The Jones Cup is January 31-February 3 at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.
Four to Play in Savannah Quarters Intercollegiate
Four Mocs student-athletes will tee up at the Savannah Quarters Intercollegiate February 11-12. Juniors Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) will be joined by freshmen Michael Monroe (Franklin, Tenn.) and Kory Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.) in the two-day event. The Mocs will use the event as a qualifier with the four playing for two spots in the lineup alongside Fox, Johnston and Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland).
Hodge to Open 2013 Web.com Tour Schedule
Former UTC All-American Jonathan Hodge (2006-09) opens his 2013 Web.com Tour schedule February 21-24. His first three events are in Panama, Colombia and Chile. It starts with the Panama Claro Championship at Panama Golf Club in Panama City, Panama. Former All-American teammate Stephan Jaeger (2009-12) is going to try his hand with a PGA Tour Monday qualifier at the Phoenix Open in Arizona on January 28. Derek Rende (2007-10) is back on the NGA Tour keeping open the option of qualifying for PGA Tour Canada in April. Keep an eye out for Bryce Ledford (2004-07) and Tripp Harris (2007-10) as well.
Rickett Gets First Head Coaching Position
Former UTC PING All-Region performer Ben Rickett (2006-09) left his post as assistant coach to Mark Guhne for his first head coaching position. He is building the golf programs at nearby Dalton State College in Dalton, Ga., from scratch with the inaugural season starting this fall, 2013-14. Rickett and his wife Shelley, a former standout runner for the UTC track programs, reside in Rocky Face since the couple's nuptials over the summer.