Benni Weilguni and the Chattanooga menís golf team looks to advance to the NCAA Championship with a top 5 finish in Columbus.
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Mocs Open Regional Play on Thursday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---It’s a pretty simple equation for the Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team. Finish in the top five this weekend at the NCAA Columbus Regional and the quintet advances to the NCAA Championship. Of course, that’s always easier said than done.

At this time last year, UTC entered the NCAA Bowling Green Regional with that exact expectation. Fifty-four holes later, the squad departed not only with its ticket punched to the finals, but also as regional champions.

Twice in its history, Chattanooga has advanced out of a regional. The first time was 2009 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla., and the second was a year ago.

Four of the five Mocs return from last year’s victors. Senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.), juniors Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) and Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) as well as sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) return and add junior Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) to the mix. The five have a combined 702 holes of NCAA postseason experience to draw from.

They take to the tee Thursday on the difficult Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. History is on the Mocs’ side as the women’s team made its NCAA Championship appearance in 2009 advancing from this very site in just the second year of the program.

The Scarlet Course is a par 71, 7,286 beast. World-renowned architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie designed it and the course opened in 1938. It was updated and enhanced in 2005 and 2006 by another well-known golf figure, Jack Nicklaus. It last held a regional in 2008, the Central Regional, with Wake Forest winning with a 27-over par score of 879.

The Mocs are one of 13 teams and 10 individuals to square off on the difficult tract. Five teams and one individual on a non-advancing team travel on to Atlanta and the Capital City Club Crabapple Course for the NCAA Championship May 28-June 2.

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 NCAA COLUMBUS REGIONAL – MAY 16-18
TOURNAMENT FIELD
Auburn, Charlotte, CHATTANOOGA, Georgia Southern, Missouri, UNLV, New Mexico, San Francisco, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas Tech, Valparaiso, Virginia

TOURNAMENT FIELD – RANKING

Team (As of 5/5)

Golfstat

Golfweek

New Mexico

6

5

Stanford

8

10

Auburn

18

19

South Carolina

20

23

Missouri

29

32

UNLV

35

30

Texas Tech

41

39

CHATTANOOGA

44

48

Georgia Southern

55

60

San Francisco

57

59

Virginia

65

70


TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: May 16-18

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Format: 54 Holes (18 per day)
Course: Scarlet Course (Par 71/7,286 yards)
No. of Teams    13 + 10 Individuals
2012 Champ (Bowling Green): Chattanooga (294-281-284=859, -5)
Medalist: Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga ( 70-67-66=203, -13)

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG

SPRING

Steven Fox

72.37

73.17

Chris Robb

73.33

74.93

Davis Bunn

74.15

73.13

Liam Johnston

74.53

75.60

Benni Weilguni

75.48

76.00

TEAM

292.93

293.73


HEAD COACH
MARK GUHNE (Chattanooga ‘84) is in his eighth year as a head coach, all at Chattanooga.  The Mocs have won 17 team titles under his watch, including five SoCon titles  (2007-09, 2012-13) and one NCAA Regional (2012 Bowling Green). 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 won its second straight Southern Conference Championship by two over Davidson. The Mocs shot 884 with three - Steven Fox (T2), Davis Bunn (6) & Chris Robb (T10) - finishing in the top 10.

UP NEXT
The top five teams and best individual from non-advancing team move on to the NCAA Championship May 28-June 2. This year’s title tourney is being held at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, Ga.

NOTES
- Chattanooga is making its seventh straight regional appearance. It has advanced to the NCAA Championship twice (2009, 2012).

- The Mocs won their sixth SoCon Championship last month. They also topped the leaderboard in 1987, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012 winning five of the last seven.

- UTC swept team and individual titles at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional last year.

- Chattanooga’s NCAA postseason history:

Year

Finish

Scores

Top Individual

1992

n/a

n/a

T60, N. Connolly, 229

1993

n/a

n/a

T5, N. Connolly, 213

1993

n/a

n/a

Cut, N. Connolly

2007

19

299-306-305=910 

T50, J. Hodge, 224

2008

12

282-281-290=853

T23, J. Hodge, 210

2009

3

298-300-309=907

T13, B. Rickett, 226/S. Jaeger, 226 

2009

18

292-297-299=888

T60, S. Jaeger, 222/F. Qvicker, 222

2010

12

304-299-309=912

T21, S. Fox, 223

2011

9

291-288-284=863

T16, S. Jaeger, 215

2012

1

294-281-284=859

1, S. Jaeger, 203

2012

18

299-295-290=884

T45, S. Jaeger, 219

- All five Mocs in Columbus have NCAA postseason experience. Fox has played 12 rounds followed by Robb and Bunn with nine each, Liam Johnston six and Benni Weilguni three.

- Fox and Robb earned All-SoCon honors for 2012-13.

- Fox is -7 over his last 108 holes with two runner-up finishes (BancorpSouth Int. & SoCon Champ.).

- It’s been a phenomenal spring so far for Bunn. He leads the squad in scoring average (73.13) in the six 2013 team events. He’s averaged 72.78 strokes per round in 2013 overall with three top 10’s and 10 par or better rounds.

- Fox is ranked No. 82 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index for the 2012-13 collegiate campaign. He is the No. 28 ranked amateur in the world (R&A WAGR).

- Fox (15) and Robb (11) lead the team in par or better rounds with four cards in the 60’s each. Bunn is third with his 10.

- Fox’s 15 is a career best. He has 51 total including 17 rounds in the 60’s. His 51 is fourth-best in school history behind Stephan Jaeger (69), Jonathan Hodge (64) and Derek Rende (54).

- Fox’s 72.83 NCAA postseason scoring average is the best for a UTC student-athlete just ahead of Jaeger’s 72.89. His second round 64 (-8) last year in Bowling Green is the record 18.

- Bunn is +1 over his last 162 holes. Five of his eight par or better rounds have come over this stretch with a 72.1 stroke average over the nine rounds.

- Fox leads his squad in stroke average (72.37), par 3 scoring (3.05), par 4 scoring (4.14), birdies (3.00/rd), pars (11.67/rd), fewest bogeys (2.70/rd), par or better rounds (15) and par or better holes (81.7%).

- Robb paces the Mocs in par 5 scoring (4.73) and fewest others (0.43/rd). He is second to Fox in scoring average for the year (73.33).

- Johnston is the leader in eagles with five.

- UTC has already matched last year’s total of 19 eagles this season which is second all-time on the school’s ledger.  The 2007-08 team posted the record of 21.

- The team has four par or better rounds in 30 total. The low was a 277 in the final round of the Brickyard Collegiate.

- Fox career ranks in Mocs record book: 4th in scoring average (73.10), fourth in par or better rounds (51), fifth in birdies (369) and fourth in rounds in the 60’s (17).

- Weilguni’s scoring average of 73.00 in NCAA postseason play is third among the Mocs all-time.

- As a team, UTC is -105 on the par fives (4.76). It was 20 under at the Carpet Capital and -19 at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. The Mocs dipped into double digits at the SoCon Championship (-18), Brickyard (-13), Tiger Invitational (-11) and BancorpSouth Intercollegiate (-10) as well.

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

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

- Fox has 380 birdies and 1389 pars in his career with 42 rounds with four or more birdies (10 in 2012-13) and 60 with 12 or more pars (14). He has eight top fives (3) and 13 total top 10’s (4) with one win (2010 Furman Intercollegiate).

- Robb has 35 career cards with four or more birdies (12) tallied, 36 with 12 or more pars (12), nine in the 60’s (4) and 28 par or better (11). He has five top 10’s with three in the top five including his two wins. He has 11 eagles, 261 birdies and 1,035 pars with 996 in his two-plus years.

- Johnston eight eagles, 122 birdies and 629 pars to date. He has nine career rounds of four or more birdies (5), 23 with 12 or more pars (14) and 11 par or better rounds (7). 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, 261 birdies and 820 pars with 23 par or better rounds (6) and six top 10’s (2).

- Bunn currently has seven eagles, 201 birdies and 882 pars. He has 22 par or better rounds (10) and three top 10’s.

- Signee Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) is having a phenomenal 2013.  Scott recently finished as runner-up in the Scottish Boys Championship. He finished fifth at the South African Stroke Play Championship (-8, 71-67-71-71=280) following with a semifinal appearance the South African Match Play. He was third at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, fifth at the Australian Master of the Amateurs and seventh at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

- Low 54-hole score for the Mocs is 865 (+1). It has been turned in twice. The first was in October at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate and then most recently to open the month of April at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate.

- Fox played par or better on 52 of his 54 holes at the BancorpSouth with his second runner-up finish of 2012-13. He fired a career-best eight-under par 208 (69-69-70) with 10 birdies and 42 pars.

- 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 nearly 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.

- 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, Monroe and Weilguni carded three-under par 69s, while 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 was 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.

- 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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