CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team looks to build on the momentum from its last 18 starting Monday at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate in Duluth, Ga. The 54-hole event is played over two days at Berkeley Hills Country Club.
Head Coach Mark Guhne likes what he saw last weekend in Macon.
“We started coming together a bit,” Guhne said. “This team has a chance to be really good, we just have to relax and play golf. I think we put a little too much pressure on ourselves, but I think last Sunday was a good indication of what we are capable of.”
The Mocs shot three-under par 285, its low round of the fall, in the final round of the Brickyard Collegiate. The squad received par or better rounds from three as Wes Gosselin (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the way with a bogey-free 69. Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) added 70 and 72, respectively.
This week’s lineup includes the addition of junior Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland). Johnston is making his first appearance in the starting five a week after his best performance as a Moc playing as an individual.
Johnston tied for sixth at the Brickyard shooting minus six (210). He tied his career-low score with his own 69 in the final round. He played par or better on 50 of 54 holes with 11 birdies, 39 pars and a mere four bogeys.
“Liam just missed qualifying for the first three events,” Guhne added. “I was really happy when there was an opening for him to play as an individual. He is swinging it better than he ever has. His work ethic has been off the charts. It’s great to see hard work pay off.”
The 14-team field traverses the Berkeley Hills tract for 36 holes on Monday and a final 18 on Tuesday. The lineup includes: seniors Johnston, Gosselin, Scott, Robb and Davis Bunn (Knoxville) with freshman Stuart Thomas (Knoxville) playing as an individual.
AUTOTRADER.COM COLLEGIATE – OCT. 14-15
Chattanooga, Furman, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kentucky, Mercer, Michigan, Ole Miss, UNCG, South Alabama, USC-Aiken, USF, Troy, VCU
Dates: Oct. 14-15
Location: Duluth, Ga.
Format: 54 Holes - 36/18
Course: Berkeley Hills C.C. (Par 72/6,694 yards)
No. of Teams: 14
2012 Champion: Georgia Southern, -5, 283-86-290=859
Medalist: Dykes Harbin, S. Carolina, -6, 66-72-72=210
LAST TIME OUT
Chattanooga ended up 10th at the Brickyard Collegiate. It did fire a season-low 285 (-3) in the final round. Ewan Scott was low on the team shooting two-over par 218, while Liam Johnston tied for sixth at -6 (210) playing as an individual.
The Mocs close out the fall in two weeks returning to the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C. Chris Robb (-9, 207) is the defending medalist.
• UTC’s lineup is the fourth different one in four tournaments. The team’s depth makes qualifying difficult week-in, week-out.
• The Mocs have shown marked improvement as the year has moved on. After a sluggish start, the squad posted two of its best three rounds at the Brickyard Collegiate including a three-under par 285 to complete the event.
• Chattanooga’s average over its first five rounds was 300.20. Over the last four rounds, it drops to 293.00.
• This is the third visit to the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic. The event began in 2011 and Chattanooga placed second and fourth in the previous two.
• UTC has won five of the last seven SoCon titles including 2012 and 2013.
• Johnston was fantastic in recording his second career top 10 playing as an individual last week at the Brickyard Collegiate. He record par or better scores on 50 of the 54 holes with 11 birdies, 39 pars and four bogeys.
• Johnston leads the squad in virtually every category after his impressive display at the Brickyard.
• The Mocs average playing Par 5’s at -9 every event with a best of -10 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in September. Johnston (4.33), Bunn (4.72) and Robb (4.79) lead the way in Par 5 scoring.
• Robb is a two-time collegiate winner (2010 Springhill Suites Collegiate & 2012 Bridgestone Golf Collegiate).GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page or on Twitter. Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.