Attached Photo (Credit: GoMocs.com): Wes Gosselin is coming off a tie for third as an individual at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---It’s back to the tee for the Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team. It’s a squad eager to get back on the course.
The last round played was a sterling 284 to close out the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate on March 11. That round was the third-best of the day and shot the Mocs up the leaderboard. The quintet started out the round in 11th and end up in fifth.
“It gives this team a lot of momentum to build on,” Head Coach Mark Guhne said. “We’ve been adequate throughout the spring and quite frankly, that’s not good enough. We needed to step up and meet the challenge.
“We certainly did just that.”
Senior Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) tied for fifth and led his team with a 68 (-2) to set the tone for the 284. He’s joined this weekend by Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland), Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.), Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) and Wes Gosselin (Knoxville, Tenn.). Gosselin qualified for the travel squad earlier in the week finishing third as an individual at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate shooting one-under par 215.
The Mocs tackle Great Waters Golf Course at Reynolds Plantation in Eaton, Ga. The tournament starts with 36 holes on Saturday and ends with a final 18 on Sunday. There are 15 teams in the field including No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia and No. 15 Oklahoma. All-in-all, 12 of the 15 programs are ranked among the top 75 in the nation.
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LINGER LONGER INVITATIONAL – MARCH 22-23
TOURNAMENT FIELD (Top 100 Rankings)
(1) Alabama, (73) Charlotte, (61) CHATTANOOGA, (26) Clemson, Furman, (5) Georgia, (37) Kennesaw State, (41) Liberty, (33) Mercer, Michigan State, (47) UNF, (15) Oklahoma, (63) South Alabama, Southern Miss, (68) Yale
LAST TIME OUT
The Mocs jumped six spots on the final day behind Chris Robb’s tie for fifth finish at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. The squad ended up fifth as well getting several key wins.
Chattanooga returns to the course April 7-8 at the Old Waverly Collegiate hosted by Mississippi State. The two-day, 54-hole event is played in West Point, Miss.
• This week’s field features two top 5 teams, three top 15 and seven top 50.
• Chattanooga in the Linger Longer Invite:
Year: Finish/Scores/Top Ind.
2012: 3rd/870 (+6)/S. Jaeger, 3rd, 210 (-6)
2011: 2nd/864 (E)/S. Jaeger, T4, 211 (-5)
2008: 3rd/868 (+4)/J.T. Clendenin, T6, 215 (-1)
2007: 4th/863 (-1)/J. Hodge, T8, 212 (-4)
2006: 3rd/876 (+12)/B. Ledford, T3, 213 (-3)
• The Mocs beat two top 15 teams in the 2007 (No. 3 Alabama & No. 15 Louisville) and 2011 (No. 13 Georgia & No. 15 Stanford) Linger Longer Invites.
• Linger Longer team records:
Team: 278 (-10), 2008/Individual: 66, J.T. Clendenin, 3/14/08
Team: 863 (-1), 2007/Individual: 210, Stephan Jaeger, 2012
• Chris Robb is playing in his third Linger Longer. His scoring average is 73.33 with a best finish of tied for 16th in 2012.
• Wes Gosselin returns to the lineup after winning qualifying. This week’s qualifying was Gosselin and three others playing as individuals at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate. Gosselin finished third for his second top 5 of the season. Freshman Zac Stolz tied for sixth at +1 217, which was two behind Gosselin at -1.
• 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: 73.17.
• Only Bunn and Ewan Scott have started all seven team tournaments thus far.
• Chattanooga has four par or better rounds on the season after the second round 288 in Mobile.
• Liam Johnston leads the team with eight par or better cards in 17 rounds. Bunn and Scott also have eight in 23 cards.
• Johnston also boasts the squad’s best scoring average (73.29) while also pacing it in par 3 scoring (3.18), birdies (3.06/rd) and is tied with Benni Weilguni with four eagles.
• Gosselin is the team leader in par 4 scoring (4.11), par or better holes (79.2%) and fewest bogeys (2.81).
• Robb’s 4.74 is the top mark in an impressive team effort on par 5’s. Chattanooga is -76 on Par 5s, a 4.79 average on the counting cards. The team season best is -17 opening the spring at Mobile. It has been -10 or better four times so far.
• Brooks Thomas averages the fewest others (scores of double bogey or higher) at 0.71 (10 total). Scott (0.83) is second but has eight (0.47) in last 17 cards after 11 in his first six.
• Best scores of 2013-14:
1: 291, Bridgestone/70, 4 times, Last: Wes Gosselin, Savannah Quarters Indiv.
2: 273, AutoTrader/67, 4 times, Last: Liam Johnston, Bridgestone
3: 284, Palmetto/68, Chris Robb, Palmetto
Total: 855, AutoTrader/208, L. Johnston, AutoTrader