CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team got off to a rough start in 2013, but its final three events has Head Coach Mark Guhne eyeing the spring season.
“How could I not be ready to get back out there,” Guhne said. “We finished strong after a shaky start. We started to show the potential I knew we had.
“This is a talented group, and it really came together as the fall unfolded.”
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• The Mocs got better as the fall progressed. In their first seven rounds, the team averaged 299.14 strokes per start. That dropped to 287.29 over the final seven, nearly a 12-shot per round difference.
• Junior Liam Johnston is the top-ranked European in the Palmer Cup standings. The Palmer Cup is an annual international collegiate competition pitting players from the U.S., against Europe in a Ryder Cup-style format.
• Johnston is No. 10 in Golfstat’s national rankings, No. 33 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
• Johnston made the most of an odd opportunity. He has not made it out of qualifying, but because of the government shutdown requiring Air Force to withdraw from the Brickyard, he played as an individual. He is -14 since with a 70.25 stroke average with a tie for sixth (Brickyard), second (AutoTrader) and tie for ninth (Bridgestone).
• Johnston leads the squad in virtually every statistical category. A full breakdown is on page 4.
• Wes Gosselin sat out his freshman year (2012-13) due to an elbow injury. It did not take long to shake the tournament rust off. He was a key contributor throughout the fall and is second to Johnston in scoring average (74.09).
• Ewan Scott had a brilliant finish after shaky start to his collegiate career. The talented Scot had two top 10’s including a tie for third in his final two fall events.
• In his first seven collegiate rounds, Scott averaged 77.57 strokes per round. Over the final seven, it was a mere 71.14 average. He played his final 144 holes (3 tourneys) at five-under par.
• Only Scott and Davis Bunn saw action in all five team tournaments thus far.
• Guhne is adding one name to the roster for the spring, Australian Zac Stolz. He enters as a freshman and the plan is to redshirt him to have four full years starting in the fall. Plans were made to be broken, however, as Stolz is fresh off missing the cut at the Australian Open (won by Rory McIlroy) and winning the Bonville Champions Trophy.
• The squad’s best performance of the fall came at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate. It finished fourth shooting nine-under par 855 powered by a 15-under second round tally of 273.
• It’s the first time the team has ended a tournament below par since winning the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional with a -5 total (859). It’s the lowest team total since turning in 855 (+15) winning the 2010 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.
• The Mocs’ 273 (-15) in the second round was the best score since an identical mark at Forest Hills Golf Club in April 2009 opening the Administaff ASU Invitational.
• Chattanooga’s top five rounds came over its last six 18’s.
• The Mocs are -47 on Par 5s, a 4.79 average on the counting cards. Johnston (4.59), Scott (4.75) and Bunn (4.79) lead the way.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.