Chattanooga Heads to South Carolina for SoCon Menís Golf Championship
Freshman Chris Robb shot -9 in winning the Springhill Suites Collegiate at the Country Club of South Carolina in September.
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CHATTANOOGA MEN'S GOLF
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

APRIL 17-19, 2011
COUNTRY CLUB OF SOUTH CAROLINA, FLORENCE, S.C. 

TOURNAMENT FIELD
Appalachian State, College of Charleston, CHATTANOOGA, Davidson, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern, UNC Greensboro, Samford, Western Carolina, Wofford

Team Rankings (4/13)

Golfstat

Golfweek

Appalachian State

225

233

College of Charleston

113

103

CHATTANOOGA

33

36

Davidson

125

128

Elon

142

149

Furman

115

117

Georgia Southern

120

115

UNC Greensboro

87

86

Samford

167

165

Western Carolina

204

200

Wofford

106

113

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: April 17-19
Location: Florence, S.C.
Format: 54 Holes (18 per day)
Course: Country Club of South Carolina (Par 72/7,062 yards)
No. of Teams: 11
Defending Champ: Furman (280-279-290=849, -15)
Medalist:  Austin Reeves, Furman (71-66-70=207, -9)

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG.

SPRING

Stephan Jaeger

71.63

71.17

Steven Fox

73.19

74.25

Benni Weilguni

73.71

72.42

Davis Bunn

73.74

75.08

Chris Robb

74.63

75.00

TEAM

290.19

291.25

HEAD COACH
MARK GUHNE (Chattanooga '84) is in his sixth year as a head coach, all at Chattanooga.  The Mocs have won 14 team titles under his watch, including three SoCon titles, and he has been named SoCon Coach of the Year three times (2006, 2007, 2008) and PING East Region Coach of the Year once (2009).

Years

Wins

Losses

Ties

Titles

2005-06

105

56

1

1

2006-07

149

50

2

4

2007-08

158

42

4

5

2008-09

101

77

1

3

2009-10

113

64

1

1

2010-11

95

31

3

0

Totals

721

320

12

14

LAST TIME OUT
The Mocs made it back-to-back second-place finishes this time at the LSU National Invitational.  UTC was runner-up by a single stroke to No. 9 LSU on its home course, while topping its third top 15 program in a week in beating No. 12 Iowa by six.  Stephan Jaeger (Munich, Germany) won his first collegiate event shooting seven-under par 209 to beat a field that included 10 nationally-ranked players including one in the top 10.  He was the lone player under par beating No. 7 Vince India (Iowa) who was runner up by seven shots.

UP NEXT
Chattanooga should make its fifth straight regional appearance May 19-21.  The six sites are located in Ocala, Fla., Blacksburg, Va., Zionsville, Ind., Erie, Colo., Tucson, Ariz., and Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

NOTES

  • The Mocs have won 14 titles in Guhne's previous five seasons including at least one in each campaign. The high was five in 2007-08. The last team win was the 2010 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. There have been eight medalists under his watch with two this season. Along with Jaeger at LSU, freshman Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) won the season's second event shooting nine under at the Springhill Suites Collegiate (9/13-14) at the Country Club of S.C.
  • Chattanooga is on an impressive run for SoCon awards this spring. All four weeks the team has competed, a Mocs student-athlete has captured Golfer of the Week honors. Benni Weilguni (Langelois, Austria) won it March 9th, while Jaeger won it three consecutive weeks from March 23-April 6.
  • This is the fifth straight SoCon Championship to be played at the Country Club of South Carolina. In the previous four, UTC has won three times and is 12-over par over 12 rounds. That leads Georgia Southern at plus 29, followed by Western Carolina (+54), Furman (+63) and Elon (+75). Scoring averages at C.C. of South Carolina: UTC (289.0), GSU (290.42), WCU (292.5), FU (293.25) and EU (294.25).
  • Scoring by hole type with national ranking:

Scoring

Team

Rank

Individual (National Rank)

Par 5

4.80

25

Stephan Jaeger, 4.62 (27th)

Par 4

4.16

47

Stephan Jaeger, 4.13

Par 3

3.22

73

Stephan Jaeger, 3.03 (18th)

  • As a team, UTC has nine par or better rounds this season. The low is the opening round 280 (E) at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. The low vs. par came in the final round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate (-6 - 282).
  • The Mocs claimed second at the Linger Longer Invitational with an even-par 864. No. 3 Alabama (-18) won the event on the backs of Cory Whitsett (-13) and Bud Cauley (-12) combining to shoot 25 under. UTC beat No. 13 Georgia and No. 15 Stanford by two shots and 2010 NCAA Semi-Finalist Florida State by eight. Stephan Jaeger tied for fourth shooting 211, minus five. He beat five top 100 collegiate golfers including Georgia's Russell Henley by eight shots. Henley was the No. 11 player in the world according to the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings.
  • Five of the nine Mocs are from outside the state of Tennessee, while four are natives of the Volunteer State. Steven Fox (Hendersonville), Davis Bunn (Knoxville), Alex Ratliff (Kingsport) and McKeehanon Rue (Athens) are from Tennessee, but the only other state represented is Alabama (Jackson Lockhart - Brownsboro). The other four are from Europe (Simon Forsslund - Sweden, Stephan Jaeger - Germany, Chris Robb - Scotland, Benni Weilguni - Austria).

PLAYER NOTES

Junior Stephan Jaeger

  • 2010 SoCon Player of the Year.
  • 2-time PING All-Region & All-SoCon performer.
  • 3-time SoCon co-Golfer of the Week (Mar. 24-Apr. 6).
  • 1 win...4 top 10s in 2010-11, 10 career (32 starts).
  • Nationally Ranked: No. 54 (Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index) & No. 56 (Golfstat).
  • Leads team in virtually every category: Scoring avg (71.63), Birdies (81), Pars/rd (11.5), Par/Better Pct (82.9%), Bogeys/rd (2.79) and Others/rd (0.29).
  • Scoring avg/rd: 71.75 (1st), 70.25 (2nd), 72.88 (3rd). Spring avg is 71.17.
  • Level par on the season, -4 for the spring. He is -15 over last eight rounds.
  • Counted in all 24 rounds played - 86 of 93 career.
  • 14 par or better rounds this season, 43 career. 4th all-time at UTC, four behind former teammate Fredrik Qvicker (47).
  • 6 rounds in the 60s this year, 16 career.
  • Won the LSU National Invitational by seven shots shooting seven-under par 209 at the University Club. Beat two top 20 golfer and nine nationally ranked. Fired his low round of the season with a 67 (-5) with a spotless card of five birdies and 13 pars.
  • Season-high six birdies in shooting 68 (-4) in final round of Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.
  • 14 birdies is his tourney high set at Linger Longer and LSU Invites.
  • 12 rounds with four or more birdies with a high of six (Bank of Tennessee Int./Linger Longer Inv.).
  • 15 rounds with 15 or more par or better holes including his perfect round at LSU (2nd). 16 pars in the final round at Furman is tied for the team's season high.
  • 38 total pars is season high (Brickyard Collegiate).
  • 48 of 54 holes par or better at LSU, 47 in two tournaments (Bank of Tenn. & Furman).

Sophomore Steven Fox

  • 2nd on team in scoring average (73.22).
  • Leads squad in total pars (302) with 2nd fewest bogeys (92) and par/better hole pct (78.2%).
  • 25 of 27 counting rounds, 51 of 61 career.
  • One career win (co-medalist 2010 Furman Intercollegiate).
  • 2 top 10s this season, four career. Two top 10s tie last year's total.
  • 11 par or better rounds for season, 21 in his career. Already exceed total from last year (10).
  • 3 rounds in the 60s ties last year's total.
  • 7 birdies in 2nd round of the Carpet Capital is a team season high as is his 16 pars in round two of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Owns team high with 39 total pars at Springhill Suites Collegiate.
  • 9 rounds with four or more birdies. 13 rounds with 15 or more par or better holes with a high of 17 (Springhill Rd 1/Bank of Tenn. Rd 2/Linger Longer 3).

Freshman Davis Bunn

  • 4th on the team in scoring average (73.74).
  • 2nd on team in birdies (80).
  • Played 75.1% of his holes at par or better.
  • Despite his fine play, top finish is tied for 21st in final two Fall events (Brickyard/Bank of Tenn. Int.).
  • Best 54-hole total is 215 (+2) tying for 26th at Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate.
  • Counted in 25 of 27 rounds tying Fox for team best.
  • 4 or more birdies in a round 12 times with a high of five twice. Had a tournament-high 13 birdies at Brickyard Collegiate.
  • Perfect round of 4 birdies and 14 pars firing a season-best 67 (-4) at Mason Rudolph Int (2nd). 14 pars is season high, done three times. Recorded 15 or more par or better holes 10 times.
  • 36 total pars at Furman and Linger Longer rank as tournament high.
  • 9 par or better rounds including two in the 60s thus far.

Freshman Chris Robb

  • Robb earned his 1st collegiate win in just his 2nd tournament at the Springhill Suites Collegiate (Sept. 13-14) title at the Country Club of South Carolina. Robb shot 66, 69 and 72 for a nine-under total of 207. He had an eagle and 13 birdies playing 48 of his 54 holes at par or better.
  • The win for Robb is more impressive considering the Mocs played five straight days starting at the Carpet Capital right through the Springhill Suites. It was 108 holes, 54 each tourney, or six rounds in five days.
  • Stroke average of 74.63.
  • Tied for team lead in eagles (4).
  • Team-low round of 66 (-6) in opening round of Springhill Suites Collegiate. Best 54-hole total as well with his -9 at Springhill Suites (207).
  • 8 rounds with four or more birdies with a high of six in 1st round of Mason Rudolph. That capped four straight par or better rounds.
  • Tournament-high 36 pars at Carpet Capital with single round high of 15 in the first.
  • 2 rounds in the 60s, five par or better overall.

Freshman Benni Weilguni

  • Stroke average: 73.71, Spring avg: 72.42.
  • Best finish: 4th at Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. Shot his career-best round of 67 (-3) in the opening round leading UTC to its top score thus far (280).
  • Shot par or better in nine of last 15 rounds.
  • 10 par or better rounds with three in the 60s.
  • Tied for team lead in eagles (4), two behind Jaeger in birdies with 79.
  • Tied for 8th at Bank of Tennessee Int. Shot par or better all three rounds (-4, 212).
  • Tied for 9th at Linger Longer at -1, 215. Had a season-high 36 pars there including his high in a round (13).
  • 9 rounds with four or more birdies.
  • His 15 total birdies at Bank of Tennessee and Furman is team high. Six birdies in final round at Furman is his high for 18 holes.

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