Mocs Menís Golf at Southern Conference Championship
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Coming off its school record-tying fourth title this season, No. 12 Chattanooga sets its sights on defending its championship at the 2008 Southern Conference Championship.  The tournament is a 54-hole event, Sunday-Tuesday April 20-22, at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence.

 

The Mocs win at Bank of America Intercollegiate was the third of the spring semester.  In its last five tournaments, UTC has three wins, one second and a third-place finish.  The three teams to finish ahead of the Mocs in that span are No. 1 Georgia, No. 21 Louisville and No. 30 Ole Miss.

 

As of April 16, Chattanooga leads the nation in par five scoring (4.69), is second in birdies (520) and third in scoring average (72.56) and first round scoring average (72.42).  It is fourth in score in comparison to par (0.88) and fifth in subpar strokes per round (3.51).

 

WHO:  Jonathan Hodge.  Hodge is ranked No. 18 in the Golfstat Cup and No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index.  He leads the conference in stroke average (71.35) and rank No. 26 nationally.  Hodge has three tournament titles this year, a school record for a season and ties him with former teammate Bryce Ledford for the career mark.

 

WHAT:  Southern Conference Championship

 

WHEN:  Sun.-Tues., April 20-22 (18 holes per day Ė 54 holes total)

 

WHERE:  Country Club of South Carolina; Florence, S.C.  (Par 72/7,150 yards)

 

HOW:  The Mocs are 15-0-0 this season against conference schools (Appalachian State, Davidson, Elon, Furman, UNC Greensboro, Western Carolina & Wofford), with a 621-stroke advantage in five different tournaments.  Since a third-place finish in the 2006 SoCon Championships, Chattanooga is 41-0-0 (1,237 shots) against conference opponents (26-0-0/616 shots in 2006-07 season).

 

CHATTANOOGA PRE-TOURNAMENT NOTES

 

CHATTANOOGA STATISTICS

 

QUOTABLE:  “This is a big tournament for us,” said Head Coach Mark Guhne.  “We have positioned ourselves for a special year and a SoCon Championship would be a great springboard into the postseason.”

 

TOURNAMENT FIELD (Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index):  (12) CHATTANOOGA, (71) Western Carolina, (90) Furman, (96) Georgia Southern, (97) College of Charleston, (124) Elon, (136) UNC Greensboro, (177) Wofford, (193) Appalachian State, (220) Davidson (Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings - 4/13).

 

TOP RANKED PLAYERS IN THE FIELD (Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index):  (27) JONATHAN HODGE, CHATTANOOGA, (68) DEREK RENDE, CHATTANOOGA, (85) FREDRIK QVICKER, CHATTANOOGA

 

TENNESSEE SCHOOLS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS (Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index):  (9) Tennessee, (12) CHATTANOOGA, (22) East Tennessee State, (43) Vanderbilt, (47) Middle Tennessee, (61) Memphis

 

TENNESSEE SCHOOLS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS (Golfstat):  (12) Tennessee, (17) CHATTANOOGA, (20) East Tennessee State, (52) Vanderbilt, (54) Middle Tennessee, (63) Memphis 

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