“It was not the prettiest win, but I’ll take it,” said Head Coach Mark Guhne. “We got off to a good start and then held on. It was not easy, but golf seldom is. I’m proud of the effort.
“Anytime you are considered the best in your conference, it is a great statement about your program,” added Guhne.
UTC was five-under par on its round after nine holes with a 12-shot lead. Then the wind and rain settled in making scoring tougher, but the Mocs held on for the championship. The win is the Mocs fifth title on the season, a new school record.
“It was a goal of ours coming into the season,” added Guhne. “Now, it’s on to regionals to try to accomplish another goal.”
Ben Rickett entered the day with a one-shot lead for medalist honors. A final round 74 (+2) left him four shots shy of winning the tournament as he finished 215 (-1) behind repeat winner Matt Cook (-5/211) of
The Mocs place four players in the top 10, and a fifth in the top 15. Derek Rende (72 today), J.T. Clendenin (74) and Fredrik Qvicker (75) each finished at two-over par 218, tied for seventh. Jonathan Hodge carded a 74 to complete the championship tied for 14th with a total of 220 (+4).
The Mocs receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. UTC hosts the East Regional at Council Fire Golf Club May 15-17.
>There were just three sub-par rounds in the final round in the 50-player field. UTC had four in the second round alone.
>TOURNAMENT FIELD (Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index): (12)
>TOP RANKED PLAYERS IN THE FIELD (Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index): (27) JONATHAN HODGE,