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15th Annual UTC Porky's Open
Mocs in the Lead with Play Suspended at the Furman Intercollegiate
Fredrick Qvicker led the Mocs with a one-under par 71 in the second round at Furman.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

GREENVILLE, S.C. --- No. 13 Chattanooga men’s golf team continues to lead at the Furman Intercollegiate as play was suspended during the second round at the Furman University Golf Club.  The Mocs hold a one-shot lead with nine teams still on the course.

 

UTC opened its day at the 10th hole, something Head Coach Mark Guhne saw as a challenge.

 

 “The back nine is the harder side,” said Guhne.  “I felt if we got off to a good start through the 18th, we could distance ourselves playing the final nine on the front side.”

 

The Mocs did as requested making the turn at two-over par.  South Carolina, after a quick start, fell off before shooting four-over par on its first nine.

 

“We did not finish well,” added Guhne.  “We were in position to put the tournament away and we kept the field in it.  Our hands are full going into tomorrow.”

 

The Mocs shot even par for their final nine holes.  The Gamecocks still have several holes to play.

 

Chattanooga leads No. 16 South Carolina by one and No. 23 Clemson by eight shot.  East Carolina is tied for fourth with No. 33 Virginia Tech, 10 shots back, with the Hokies done for the day. 

 

Jonathan Hodge continues to pace the Mocs after a second round 73 (+1) has him tied for second overall at 142 (-2).  Fredrick Qvicker had the round of the day for UTC shooting 71 (-1) to finish his day tied for at ninth at 145 (+1).

 

Derek Rende and Ben Rickett matched opening-round totals of 73 and are tied for 14th at two-over par 146.  J.T. Clendenin had the day’s drop score of 74 (+2), and is tied with Rickett and Rende at 146 in 14th. 

 

The Mocs brought Eric Forsman on the trip to play as an individual.  At 149 (+5), he is tied for 37th following his 74 today.

 

The tournament concludes tomorrow with 18 holes.  Completion of round two will start at 7:45 a.m.

 

NOTES

 

>The last time the Mocs led going into the final round was the win March 10-11 at the Cleveland Palmetto Intercollegiate.

 

>This is the fourth tournament Chattanooga has led following the first round (Scenic City Invitational, VCU Shootout and Cleveland Palmetto Intercollegiate).  In the first three events, the Mocs have one win (Palmetto), one second (Scenic City) and a third-place finish (VCU).

 

>The Mocs are 8-0-0 this season against conference schools (Davidson, Elon, Furman, UNC Greensboro & Western Carolina), with a 366-stroke advantage in four different tournaments.  Since a third-place finish in the 2006 SoCon Championships, Chattanooga is 34-0-0 (982 shots) against conference opponents (26-0-0/616 shots in 2006-07 season).

 

>TOURNAMENT FIELD (Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index):  Appalachian State, Charleston Southern, (13) CHATTANOOGA, (23) Clemson, Davidson, East Carolina, Elon, Francis Marion, Furman, Marshall, (45) North Florida, (50) Ohio State, Old Dominion, Presbyterian, Rhode Island, Samford, (16) South Carolina, UNC Wilmington, USC Aiken, (43) Vanderbilt, (33) Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop, Wofford
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