(Photo Credit: GoMocs.com): Ewan Scott and the Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team start their second spring event Sunday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team heads back to the tee Sunday for the Querencia Cabo Collegiate at Querencia Golf Club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It is the second start of the spring for the Mocs at the three-day, 54-hole event.
“This is a great opportunity,” said Head Coach Mark Guhne. “This is a very good field. Really, this is a NCAA Regional-type group of teams.
“We get a chance to take a big step forward.”
The field includes four top 25 programs and eight overall ranked in the top 50. No. 1 Alabama is joined by No. 13 Houston, No. 17 Vanderbilt and No. 21 Arkansas. All but two of the 15 teams rank among the top 100 programs.
The lineup is very familiar with one exception. Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) have been in the lineup in each event and there is no surprise in seeing stalwarts Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) and Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) as well. Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) is playing as an individual.
The one change from the opener in Mobile is the insertion of freshman Zac Stolz (Sydney, Australia). Stolz, a mid-season enrollee, qualified for his first collegiate start after playing as an individual in Mobile.
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QUERENCIA CABO COLLEGIATE – MARCH 2-4
TOURNAMENT FIELD (Top 50 Rankings)
(1) Alabama, (13) Houston, (17) Vanderbilt, (21) Arkansas, (26) Baylor, (32) SMU, (34) LSU, (35) Kentucky, Chattanooga, Ole Miss, Coastal Carolina, Lamar, UT-Arlington, Abilene Christian
LAST TIME OUT
Chattanooga finished seventh at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate two shots ahead of Wake Forest. Davis Bunn led the way for the Mocs with his best 54 holes to date shooting one-under par 215 (72-72-71).
The Mocs travel to Aiken, S.C., for the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate March 10-11. The 54-hole event opens with 36 holes at Palmetto Golf Club before closing with a final 18.
• After seven rounds to open 2013-14, Chattanooga had a 299.14 strokes per round average. There is a significant turnaround since. In the following 10 cards, the Mocs are scoring 288.90 per 18.
• 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.
• Davis Bunn is mirroring his 2012-13 season. After a slow start in the fall, he posted his best tournament to date shooting -1 (215) finishing tied for 11th at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate with solid rounds of 72, 72 and 71. Bunn’s fall average over past two seasons: 75.52. His spring: 73.00.
• Johnston is No. 98 in Golfstat’s national rankings. He made the most of an odd opportunity after not making it out of qualifying for the first three events. Because of the government shutdown requiring Air Force to withdraw from the Brickyard, he played as an individual. He is -2 since with a 71.82 stroke average and three top 10’s in four events.
• Johnston leads the squad in virtually every statistical category. A full breakdown is on page 4.
• Ewan Scott also started slow but has been a stalwart since. In his first seven collegiate rounds, Scott averaged 77.57 strokes per round. It’s improved nearly five-a-half shots per 18 over the last 10 (72.10). He played his final 198 holes (4 tourneys) at two-over par.
• Only Scott and Bunn saw action in all six team tournaments thus far.
• Freshman Zac Stolz qualified for his first career start. The January enrollee from Australia is a highly-anticipated addition who played in the Australian Open before departing for the US. He and his father Andre, a former PGA Tour winner, became the first father-son to play in the event since Gary and Wayne Player in 1979.
• Chattanooga has four par or better rounds on the season after the second round 288 in Mobile.
• Johnston leads the team with eight par or better cards in just 11 rounds. Bunn is right behind him with seven followed by Scott with six.
• 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 six rounds are in its last nine 18’s.
• The Mocs are -64 on Par 5s, a 4.76 average on the counting cards. Johnston (4.68), Bunn (4.75), Scott (4.77) and Robb (4.77) lead the way. The team was a season-best -17 in the last start at Mobile.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.