UTC has won three tournaments in a row and four of its last six. In its other two starts,
The regional field features 27 teams and six individuals with the top 10 teams moving on to the finals at Purdue, May 28-31. Out of the 27 teams in the East, 18 are ranked in the top 50 in the country.
WHO: Jonathan Hodge/Mark Guhne. Hodge repeated as Southern Conference Player of the Year. Guhne is in his third season at the helm of the Mocs program. All three years his peers have named him SoCon Coach of the Year.
WHAT: NCAA East Regional
WHEN: Thur-Sat., May 15-17 (18 holes per day Ė 54 holes total)
WHERE: Council Fire Golf Club;
HOW: The Mocs won a school record five tournaments in 2007-08 including the SoCon Championship earning the league’s automatic bid.
QUOTABLE: “What a great opportunity lies before us,” said Head Coach Mark Guhne. “This is a great field so it will be a huge test for our team. Last year I think we were kind of just happy to be there, now we have a better understanding of the task before us. One thing is certain, we need to come out ready to play because there is no coasting along to get to nationals.”
TOURNAMENT FIELD (Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index): No. 1
TOP 25 (GOLFSTAT) IN EAST REGIONAL FIELD: (1)
INDIVIDUALS: Keegan Bradley, St John’s; Jose Toledo, New Orleans; Johnny Caldwell, South Alabama; Michael McGrady, Troy; Jon Curran, Vandy; Grant Leaver, Austin Peay.