Jonathan Hodge shot 71 (-1) to finish the 54-hole event at three-under par (213) to claim his third title of the season. The third win sets a new school record for wins in a season. It is also his third career victory which ties former teammate Bryce Ledford for the school record in that category.
Going into Sunday’s final round,
Through nine holes, nothing changed. All three programs shot one-over par as a team on the front side.
“We did not take advantage of an opportunity to build on our lead,” said Head Coach Mark Guhne. “It just made our task that much harder.”
The back side proved to be a bear, but the Mocs held off Clemson to claim their third title of the year. That is one win shy of the school record of four wins set last season.
The Mocs placed six players in the top 30 led by Hodge’s three-under par effort. Ben Rickett shot 220 (+4) to finish in the top 10 for the second straight tournament as he tied for 10th.
The other three team members placed in the top 20. Fredrik Qvicker was tied for 14th at five-over par (221), while Derek Rende ended up tied for 16th at 222 (+6). J.T. Clendenin tied for 20th at seven-over par (223).
Eric Forsman played as an individual player shooting eight-over par 224 finishing tied for 26th. Thirteen of the 24 teams did not have a finisher higher than Forsman. As a team, UTC shot 874 (+10).
“It was not a pretty win,” added Guhne. “It was a gutsy win. I couldn’t be prouder of the effort.”
>The Mocs played the Par 5 holes at 36-under par for the tourney led by Ben Rickett at nine-under par.
>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
>The Mocs are 14-0-0 this season against conference schools (Appalachian State, Davidson, Elon, Furman, UNC Greensboro, Western Carolina & Wofford), with a 597-stroke advantage in five different tournaments. Since a third-place finish in the 2006 SoCon Championships,
>TOURNAMENT FIELD (Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index): Appalachian State,