While the UTC Menís Golf Team is at the Furman Intercollegiate this weekend, senior Steven Fox is teeing it up on the PGA Tour at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
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Chattanooga Heads to Furman, Fox to Bay Hill This Week

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team is headed to Greenville, S.C., this weekend for the Furman Intercollegiate. The tournament, played at Furman Golf Club, begins Friday, March 22, and runs through Sunday, March 24.

UTC is without the services of senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) this weekend. Fox is playing in his second PGA Tour event, the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“We’ll miss Fox in our lineup, but this is a great opportunity for him and our program for that matter,” said Head Coach Mark Guhne. “When Mr. Palmer calls with an invitation to his PGA Tour event, how do you say no? It’s one of the best fields in a non-major on tour, I never blinked when he told me. I smiled, told him to play well and we went from there.

“That’s why we have a team,” Guhne added. “You never know with tour opportunities or heaven-forbid injuries…you have to be ready to play. We’ll slide Alex Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) in and give it our all. We have a strong group and the competition for the lineup has been fierce all season.”

Juniors Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland), Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) along with sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) round out the lineup. Freshman Kory Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.) will play as an individual.

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 FURMAN INTERCOLLEGIATE – MARCH 22-24
TOURNAMENT FIELD
Akron, Charleston Southern, CHATTANOOGA, Dartmouth, ETSU, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Iowa State, Marshall, UNF, Presbyterian, Purdue, Samford, Temple, Troy, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop, Wofford

TOURNAMENT FIELD - RANKING

Team (As of 3/20)

Golfstat

Golfweek

Akron

114

116

Charleston Southern

190

186

CHATTANOOGA

44

44

Dartmouth

179

200

ETSU

69

76

Francis Marion

168

161

Gardner-Webb

172

183

Georgia State

85

83

Iowa State

93

89

Marshall

187

166

UNF

17

14

Presbyterian

NA

203

Purdue

86

80

Samford

109

113

Temple

197

210

Troy

142

146

Virginia Tech

51

49

Western Carolina

127

137

Winthrop

77

81

Wofford

166

169

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: March 22-24
Location: Greenville, S.C.
Format: 54 Holes (18 per day)
Course: Furman Golf Course (Par 72/6,994 yards)
No. of Teams: 20
2012 Champ: Clemson (290-276-272=838, -26)
2012 Medalist: Sebastian Soderberg, Coastal Carolina (68-68-68=204, -12)

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG

SPRING

Chris Robb

72.48

74.33

Liam Johnston

74.05

75.50

Benni Weilguni

75.00

75.33

Davis Bunn

75.17

74.67

Alex Ratliff

76.50

N/A

Kory Webb (Ind.)

78.33

N/A

TEAM

293.24

296.00

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
UTC tied for fifth at the Tiger Invitational at the Grand National Lake Course in Opelika, Ala. Benni Weilguni led the Mocs charge with a season-best tie for third shooting two-over par 218 (73-72-73). 

UP NEXT
Chattanooga closes out the regular season with a trip to Jackson, Miss., for the Reunion Intercollegiate. Played April 1-2 at Reunion Golf & Country Club, the Mocs won the event in their lone appearance in 2009. 

NOTES
- UTC is without one of its top players this weekend - U.S. Amateur Champ Steven Fox. Fox is in Orlando, Fla., playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Country Club on the PGA Tour. Fellow senior Alex Ratliff takes his spot.

- Chattanooga returns to the Furman Intercollegiate for the first time since 2011. Previous finishes:

Year

Finish

Scores

Top Ind.

2008

1st

287-291-296=874

1, J. Hodge, 69-73-71=213

2010

2nd

289-291-299=879

T1, S. Fox, 70-68-72=210

2011

6th

303-286-289=878

T10, S. Jaeger, 74-69-72=215

- 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. 72 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and No. 76 on Golfstat.

- Fox is No. 28 in the R&A World Amateur Rankings.

- Robb (9) and Fox (7) lead the team in par or better rounds with nearly 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 21 total. The low was a 277 in the final round of the Brickyard Collegiate.

- Kory Webb is making the trip as well playing as an individual.

- Robb leads the Mocs in stroke average (72.48), birdies (60), fewest others (0.33), Par 4 Scoring (4.13) and Par 5 Scoring (4.65).

- Fox leads his squad in pars at 11.72 per round, fewest bogeys (3.00/rd) and par or better holes (79.3%).

- Benni Weilguni leads in eagles per round (0.22) with four total. Robb also has four averaging 0.19 per 18.

- As a team, UTC is -70 on the par fives (4.59). It was 20 under at the Carpet Capital and -19 at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. The Mocs dipped into double digits at the Brickyard (-13) and Tiger Invitational (-11) as well.

- Best tourney performance on the par threes came at the Brickyard shooting minus five.

- Top par four score is seven over at Bayou City Collegiate.

- Signee Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) is off to a phenomenal start to 2013.  Scott has risen to No. 315 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 five birdies shy of 350 and 15 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 32 career cards with four or more birdies (9) tallied, 32 with 12 or more pars (8), nine in the 60’s (4) and 26 par or better (9). He has four top 10’s with three in the top five including his two wins. He has 11 eagles, 240 birdies and 939 pars in his two-plus years.

- Johnston topped 500 career pars at the Tiger Invitational. He has six eagles, 108 birdies and 524 pars to date. He has eight career rounds of four or more birdies (4), 18 with 12 or more pars (9) and 10 par or better rounds (6). He has one top 10 (2011 SoCon Champ.).

- Weilguni eclipsed 200 birdies and 700 pars for his career at Auburn. He is at 13 eagles, 207 birdies and 724 pars.

- Davis Bunn currently has six eagles, 172 birdies and 778 pars needing 22 to top 800.

- 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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