Mocs Golf Heads to Colorado Regional to Shoot for Berth in NCAA Championship
Stephan Jaeger was a freshman when Chattanooga made its lone finals trip in 2009.
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CHATTANOOGA MEN'S GOLF
NCAA COLORADO REGIONAL
MAY 19-21, 2011
COLORADO NATIONAL GOLF CLUB, ERIE, COLO. 

TOURNAMENT FIELD
Arizona State, Auburn, CHATTANOOGA, Clemson, Colorado State, Denver, Georgia, UNF, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, San Jose State, TCU, Michael Whitehead (Rice), Gabe Maier (Wyoming), Steven Lecuyer (Central Arkansas), Derek Plucienski (Southern Miss), Michael McGowan (North Carolina), Geoff Gonzalez (Cal Poly), Jarred Bossio (Idaho), Andrew Wyatt (Nebraska), Cody Schweinefus (Drake), C.G. Mercatoris (Robert Morris)

 

Team Rankings (5/11)

Golfstat

Golfweek

Oklahoma State

1

1

Georgia

12

12

Auburn

13

9

Arizona State

24

31

Clemson

25

25

CHATTANOOGA

35

39

TCU

38

40

UNF

48

45

New Mexico State

49

52

Northwestern

57

56

Colorado State

63

65

San Jose State

68

70

Denver

118

129

Ind) Michael Whitehead, Rice
Ind) Gabe Maier, Wyoming
Ind) Steven Lecuyer, Central Arkansas
Ind) Derek Plucienski, Southern Miss
Ind) Michael McGowan, North Carolina
Ind) Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly
Ind) Jarred Bossio, Idaho
Ind) Andrew Wyatt, Nebraska
Ind) Cody Schweinefus, Drake
Ind) C.G. Mercatoris, Robert Morris

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: May 19-21
Location: Erie, Colo.
Format: 54 Holes (18 per day)
Course: Colorado National Golf Club (Par 72/7,753 yards)
No. of Teams: 13 + 10 Individuals
Advancing: Top 5 Teams + 1 Ind. (non-advancing team)

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG.

SPRING

Stephan Jaeger

71.67

71.33

Steven Fox

73.00

73.67

Davis Bunn

73.73

74.80

Benni Weilguni

73.74

72.73

Chris Robb

74.40

74.47

TEAM

290.07

290.80

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

103

33

3

0

Totals

729

322

12

14

UP NEXT
The NCAA National Championship at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. The stroke play qualifier is May 31-June 2 with the top eight teams advancing to match play. The three rounds of match play are June 3-5.

NOTES

  • The Mocs have won 14 titles in Guhne's five-plus seasons with a high of 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. 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. Stephan Jaeger (Munich, Germany) dominated the LSU National Invitational winning by seven strokes over runner-up Vince India of Iowa, the No. 7 player in the country at the time.
  • Chattanooga earned six mentions in league awards this season. Jaeger repeated as the conference Golfer of the Year, while posting his third straight All-SoCon team along with the first for sophomore Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) and freshman Benni Weilguni (Langelois, Austria). Weilguni and Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) were All-Freshman selections.
  • The Mocs dominated SoCon awards this spring. A UTC student-athlete has captured Golfer of the Week honors following all four events in which it competed. Weilguni won it March 9th, while Jaeger won it three consecutive weeks from March 23-April 6. Jaeger was also the March Golfer of the Month.
  • This is the fifth straight NCAA Regional appearance for Chattanooga. UTC advanced to the 2009 NCAA Championship at Inverness through the South Central Regional at the site of this year's finals, Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
  • Several Mocs tuned up for regionals playing individually at the Tennessee State Open (May 10-12) and the Signal Mountain Invitational (May 13-15). Jaeger finished tied for second at the State Open (Brentwood C.C.) at five-under par 205 before defending his title at Signal Mountain, the 75th edition, firing a record (which stood for 57 years) 196 (-17). Fox ended up second at 10 under, while Robb tied for third and Bunn tied for fifth. Fox (T8) also recorded a top 10 at the State Open.
  • Chattanooga is playing the first round with Clemson and Arizona State beginning on the 10th tee. The schools are the first off 10 at 8:20 a.m., with Fox leading off. Teams and individuals will be re-paired according to results over the final two rounds.
  • Scoring by hole type with national ranking:

Scoring

Team

Rank

Individual

Par 5

4.79

17

Stephan Jaeger, 4.64 (32nd)

Par 4

4.16

33

Steven Fox, 4.12

Par 3

3.21

42

Stephan Jaeger, 3.03 (12th)

  • As a team, UTC has 11 par or better rounds this season. The low is the opening round 280 (E) at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. The low against par came in the final round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate (-6 - 282).
  • Chattanooga is 6-5 (+4 strokes) against six of the 12 opponents in the Colorado Regional. UTC is 1-2 against Georgia (-17), 0-1 vs. Auburn (-13), 2-2 against Clemson (-45), 1-0 vs. UNF (+10), 1-0 against Colorado State (+20) and 1-0 vs. Denver (+49). It will mark the first meetings with Oklahoma State, Arizona State, TCU, New Mexico State, Northwestern and San Jose State.
  • The Mocs are 31-27-2 against teams competing in regional play this season.
  • Scoring Averages by Round:

Round

Team

Individual

First

290.6

Stephan Jaeger, 71.56

Second

288.3

Stephan Jaeger, 70.44

Third

291.3

Stephan Jaeger, 73.00

SEASON IN REVIEW

  • Chattanooga opened the season tying for eighth at the prestigious Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic. Through 36 holes, UTC was one-under par (575) before a final round 305 tumbled it down the leaderboard. Fox ended up tied for seventh shooting 213 (-3) shooting 69, 69 and 75. Jaeger tied for 15th at 217 (+1).
  • The Mocs finished second at the Springhill Suites Collegiate at the Country Club of South Carolina. UTC shot 866 (284-287-295) led by medalist Chris Robb's nine-under par 207. Robb carded rounds of 66, 69 and 72 to capture a win in just his second collegiate event.
  • Chattanooga finished tied for seventh at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. The Mocs shot 858 (290-282-286) and the five finished within four shots of each led by Bunn at +2 (80-67-68=215). Fox shot 216 (+3) followed by Chris Robb at 217 (+4), Stephan Jaeger at 218 (+5) and Simon Forsslund at 219 (+6).
  • The Mocs finished sixth at the Brickyard Collegiate Championship at the Brickyard at Riverside. UTC shot eight-over par 872 with rounds of 292, 291 and 289. Steven Fox led the way tying for eighth with a three-under par total of 213.
  • Chattanooga ended the fall on a high note with a third-place finish at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. UTC shot level par 864 which was its best in five events. Jaeger notched a top five tying for fourth with a five-under par 211. Weilguni was one shot back tying for eighth at 212 (-4). Chattanooga beat the likes of Wake Forest (3 shots), Tennessee (9), Michigan (9), North Carolina (12), host ETSU (14) and Virginia Tech (15) among others. Thirteen of the 14 teams in the field played in 2010 NCAA Regional action.
  • Chattanooga tied for fourth at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate shooting 866 at Palmetto Golf Club. UTC opened with an even-par total of 280 following with 294 and 292. Weilguni ended up fourth shooting 210 (E). He started out with his season-best round of 67 (-3) and ended with a 70 (E). His fourth-place finish beat six top 100 golfers including No. 5 Bobby Wyatt of Alabama (15 shots).
  • The Mocs ended in sixth at the Furman Intercollegiate shooting 878 at Furman Golf Club. UTC shot the low round of the second round with a 286 (-2) but was hampered by its opening round 303. Jaeger tied for 10th at one-under par 215 shooting rounds of 74, 69 and 72. He scored par or better on 33 of his last 36 holes.
  • Chattanooga claimed second place 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. Jaeger tied for fourth shooting 211, minus five. He beat five top 100 collegiate golfers including Georgia's Russell Henley by eight shots. Henley is the No. 11 player in the world according to the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings.
  • 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. Jaeger 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.
  • Chattanooga finished third at the SoCon Championship after leading at the end of the first two rounds. UTC shot three-over par 867 (287-288-292). Fox tied for fourth at two-under 214 including a final round 68 (-4). Jaeger tied for eighth at 216 (E).
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