Mocs Win SoCon Golf Crown
Final Standings
FLORENCE, S.C.--The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga claimed its first Southern Conference men’s golf championship in 20 years with a nine stroke victory over defending champion Georgia Southern.

The Mocs entered Tuesday’s final round with a seven stroke lead over the defending champion Eagles, but managed to increase its lead while battling swirling winds over the 7,062 yard layout at The Country Club of South Carolina.

The Mocs’ 54-hole total of 854 left them at even par for the championship.

Jonathan Hodge posted a round of even par 72 to finish the championship tied for second at 2-under par. Hodge finished one stroke behind UNC Greensboro’s J.D. Bass for medalist honors. Hodge became the fourth Chattanooga golfer to finish runner-up in the Southern Conference Championship and the first since James Van De Griff turned the trick in 1997.

Freshman Derek Rende closed with a 73 and finished in a quartet of players in fourth place at 1-over par. Senior Mitch Brock tied for 13th at 4-over par, while Fredrik Qvicker carded his second consecutive 71 to move up eight places to 17th.

Georgia Southern started the final round on a birdie binge and cut the Mocs lead to a single stroke in the first four holes before the Mocs rallied to push the lead to 10 strokes at the turn. In the end, the Mocs simply refused to open the door for the Eagles to make a run.

“I can’t even begin to say how proud I am our team” said head coach Mark Guhne. “This was a total team effort. Every member of this team was under par in at least one round. Freddy (Qvicker) played the two best rounds of his college career Monday and Tuesday. His 71 today took the pressure off of the other guys.”

The win, Chattanooga’s fourth of the season, advances the Mocs to the NCAA Regional for the first time in school history. In 1987 when the Mocs won the Southern Conference Championship, the league did not have an automatic bid to NCAA postseason.

The Mocs also cleaned up in the post-season awards. Mark Guhne was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Guhne led the Mocs to four a school record four team titles, as well as the highest rankings in the history of the program (#37 Golfweek, #38 Golfstat).

Jonathan Hodge was named Southern Conference Player of the Year. Hodge has recorded six top-5 finishes and nine top-20 finishes this season Hodge’s 72.50 stroke average leads the team.

Derek Rende was named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year. Rende won the South Alabama Spring Classic after shooting 63 in the second round.

Senior Bryce Ledford joined Hodge and Rende on the Southern Conference All-Conference team.

1. Chattanooga 293-280-291=864 (E)

2. Georgia Southern 296-284-295=873 (+9)
3. Elon 297-291-294=882 (+18)
4. Wofford 295-293-297=885 (+21)
5. UNC Greensboro 300-298-289=887 (+23)
6. Western Carolina 296-299-299=8947 (+30)
7. College of Charleston 298-297-301=896 (+32)
8. Davidson 307-300-295=902 (+38)
9. Appalachian State 309-294-304=907 (+43)
10. Furman 307-299-303=909 (+45)

T2. Jonathan Hodge 73-69-72=213 (-3)
T4. Derek Rende 74-70-73=217 (+1)
T13. Mitch Brock 71-74-75=217 (+4)
T17. Fredrik Qvicker 79-71-71=221 (+6)
22. Bryce Ledford 75-70-78=223 (+7)

1. J. D. Bass (UNC Greensboro) 72-73-68=213 (-3)
T2. Jonathan Hodge (Chattanooga) 73-69-72=214 (-2)
T2. Alex Knoll (Davidson) 72-70-72=214 (-2)
T4. Derek Rende (Chattanooga) 74-70-73=217 (+1)
T4. Jayson Judy (Elon) 75-69-73=217 (+1)
T4. Drew Lethem (Georgia Southern) 75-69-73=217 (+1)
T4. Matt Cook (Western Carolina) 71-76-70=217 (+1)
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