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The Chattanooga Mocs won their sixth Southern Conference Championship and fifth in the last seven years in 2012-13.
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SoCon Champion Menís Golf Season Wrap-up

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---Another season, another championship campaign for the Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team. In what is becoming a bit of a broken record - although no one in the Scenic City is complaining - UTC won the Southern Conference Championship as part of another solid season ranked among the nation’s top 50 programs.

That’s seven straight years the Mocs have been among the nation’s elite programs. During that span, UTC has won five SoCon titles including the last two and competed in NCAA Regional play with two trips to the NCAA Championship (2009, 2012).

The team had one win and an individual captured one as well. Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) fired nine-under par 207 to capture his second collegiate title at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. Notes and highlights from 2012-13 are below:

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG

SPRING

Steven Fox

72.37

73.27

Chris Robb

73.33

75.00

Davis Bunn

74.15

73.56

Liam Johnston

74.53

75.44

Benni Weilguni

75.48

76.00

Alex Ratliff

77.44

79.33

Kory Webb

78.71

81.00

TEAM

293.24

294.17

HEAD COACH
MARK GUHNE (Chattanooga ‘84) completed 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).

Years

Wins

Losses

Ties

Titles

2005-06

105

56

1

1

2006-07

149

50

2

4

2007-08

158

42

4

5

2008-09

101

77

1

3

2009-10

113

64

1

1

2010-11

107

41

3

0

2011-12

112

56

0

2

2012-13

95

52

5

1

Totals

940

438

17

17

LAST TIME OUT
The Mocs ended their season tying for ninth at the NCAA Columbus Regional. The 54-hole total of 889 was matched by Charlotte. Steven Fox was low tying for 22nd shooting 73, 77 and 71 for an eight-over par total of 221.

UP NEXT
The 2013-14 schedule will be released when approved by the faculty athletics committee. Look for the normal starting point at the Carpet Capital Collegiate September 6-8 at The Farm just south of Chattanooga.

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

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

- UTC finished ranked in the top 50 for the seventh consecutive year. It ended in the top 25 twice - No. 12 in 2008 and No. 25 in 2009.

- Chattanooga returns four starters in 2013-14. They include rising seniors Davis Bunn, Chris Robb and Benni Weilguni along with junior Liam Johnston. Sophomore-to-be Kory Webb and classmate Wes Gosselin are back as well. Gosselin did not see action due to an elbow injury.

- The Mocs bid farewell to two seniors - Steven Fox and Alex Ratliff.

- UTC welcomes four freshmen in August. Scottish star Ewan Scott, top Knoxville junior Stuart Thomas and Chattanooga-area standouts Brooks Thomas and Andrew Weathers round out the 2013-14 roster.

- Two Mocs earned PING All-East Region honors: Fox and Robb. It was the second nod for Fox and first for Robb who were also All-SoCon members.

- Fox ended his collegiate career near top of every statistical category in school history. His ranks include: 4th in scoring average (73.11), rounds in the 60’s (17), par or better rounds (52) and counting scores (115) as well as 5th in birdies (369) and rounds played (133). He posted 13 top 10’s.

- Fox ranked No. 84 in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index of 2012-13. His R&A World Amateur Golf ranking was No. 31 after the NCAA Championship.

- Fox led the 2012-13 squad in scoring (72.50), par 3 scoring (3.07), par 4 scoring (4.14), par 5 scoring (4.78), par or better rounds (16), birdies (2.80/round), pars (11.90) and fewest bogeys (2.67).

- Fox had a career-high 45 pars recording five birdies and just four bogeys at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate in the fall.

- Fox tallied seven eagles, 383 birdies and 1,431 pars in his four seasons. He teed it up in every event over his four years save two. He missed the 2012 Brickyard Collegiate, representing the United States at the World Team Amateur, and the 2013 Furman Intercollegiate to compete in the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.

- 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.

- Ratliff graduated in May after four years in the program. He made six career starts.

- Bunn was one of the squad’s steadiest performers during the spring semester. His 73.56 stroke average after the turn of the calendar was second only to Fox (73.27). He ended up third overall to Robb posting 74.30 strokes per round.

- Bunn tied his personal best with 10 par or better rounds on the year while posting his first three top 10’s. He had a new high of four eagles with three-year career totals of seven eagles, 206 birdies and 914 pars.

- Robb was second to Fox in scoring (73.52). He led the Mocs in fewest others (0.48).

- Robb recorded the lone win in 2012-13 at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. He 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.

- Career-best stroke average for Robb in 2012-13 with highs in pars (370), par or better rounds (11) and cards in the 60’s (4). He’ll enter his senior season with 11 eagles, 264 birdies and 1,073 pars on his ledger.

- Johnston led UTC with five eagles. He set new career highs with six birdies to open the season at the Carpet Capital Collegiate and 15 pars in the first round of the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. New season highs in scoring average (74.55), eagles, birdies (72) and pars (370).

- Johnston is a member of the 2012-13 Scottish Men’s Transitional Squad. He’ll start next season with these career numbers: eight eagles, 127 birdies and 663 pars.

- Weilguni has two top 10 finishes in 2012-13 ending up tied for third at the Tiger Invitational and tied for ninth at the Savannah Quarters Individual. Shot his low round of 69 in two big events in the final round of the Brickyard Collegiate and second 18 at the NCAA Columbus Regional. He tied his career high of six birdies in posting 69 in Columbus.

- Webb saw action in five tournaments with one start (PING/Golfweek Preview). Best finish was tied for fifth at two-over par 218 at Savannah Quarters Individual.

- Scott is having a phenomenal 2013.  Scott 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, tied for fourth in the Irish Amateur (one shot out of the lead), fifth at the Australian Master of the Amateurs and seventh at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

- Thomas won the 2012 TSSAA Class AAA State Championship and the PrepXtra Masters. He reached the round of 32 at the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur.

- UTC has matched 2011-12’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 had four par or better rounds in 33 total. The low was a 277 in the final round of the Brickyard Collegiate.

- As a team, the Mocs were -107 on the par fives (4.78). They were 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 was seven over at Bayou City Collegiate.

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

- Four Mocs competed at the Savannah Quarters Individual Intercollegiate in Pooler, Ga. Bunn finished fourth shooting three-under par 213 (71-69-73) followed by Webb (T5, 218), Weilguni (T9, 223) and 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.

- 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). He has also “Monday qualified” for several Web.com Tour events. His best finish is tied for 11th at the BMW Charity Pro-Am Presented by Synnex Corporation.

- Former Mocs All-American Jonathan Hodge (2006-09) earned his Web.Com Tour card for 2013.

- Jaeger and Fox have represented Chattanooga on the PGA Tour. Jaeger at the Puerto Rico Open, while Fox has or is teeing it up at the Farmers Insurance Open (Torrey Pines), Arnold Palmer Invitational, Masters, Memorial, FedEx St. Jude Classic and the U.S. Open.

- 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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