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15th Annual UTC Porky's Open
Mocs End Up Ninth at NCAA Colorado Regional
Sophomore Steven Fox’s five-under par 67 is a new school best in NCAA postseason play.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

ERIE, Colo.---The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team ended its season Saturday finishing ninth at the NCAA Colorado Regional at Colorado National Golf Club.  Chattanooga shot a three-day total of 863, one-under par.

Starting out the day in a tie for eighth and needing to get into the top five to advance to the NCAA Championship, the Mocs did not go down without a fight.  They recorded 12 birdies on their first nine holes turning at seven under.

Chattanooga got to eight-under par for the day, minus five for the tourney, on Benni Weilguni's (Langelois, Austria) back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18, his eighth and ninth holes of the day.  The Mocs got within two shots of the coveted fifth-place spot held by Clemson at the time.

But it was not meant to be for Chattanooga.  UTC dropped four shots on their second nine as the birdie putts stopped falling.  Despite the disappointing finish, there were a lot of positives to the final round.

Sophomore Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) led the Chattanooga charge with a season-best 67 (-5).  He had six birdies and 11 pars with a single bogey on his card.  He tied for 44th at three over, 219.

"I'm really happy for Fox," said head coach Mark Guhne.  "He was good tee-to-green and rode a hot putter.  It was great to see him bounce back from a tough start to the tournament."

Junior Stephan Jaeger (Munich, Germany) was low for the Mocs for the tournament.  He navigated the 7,753-yard tract - the longest in NCAA Regional history - at minus one, 215.  He shot rounds of 73, 71 and 71 to end up his season at one-under par for his 30 rounds.

Redshirt freshman Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) made the most of his first regional experience.  He was second to Jaeger ending up one shot back at level par 216, tying for 24th overall.  He was the Mocs low scorer in each of the first two days with a 70 and 69 before recording the drop score today with a 77 (+5).

"Jaeger is Jaeger," Guhne added.  "He is just solid every time out.  I wish he would have been rewarded a little better for the way he played, but that's golf.  I couldn't be happier for him after a great, great junior year.

"I'm very proud of Chris this week," he continued.  "He carried us the first two days and really showed what he is capable of.  The improvements he has made over the last few events show the potential he has for the next three years."

Weilguni, another redshirt freshman, shot even par today and tied Fox for 44th at three over, 219.  True freshman Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) ended with a 74 (+2) this afternoon, and tied for 64th at 225.

"Regionals are a great experience," Guhne concluded.  "Benni had good moments as did Davis.  We learned a lot about ourselves and what we need to work on to get to the level we want to be.  We were very close to advancing...it's kind of a sick feeling thinking about it to be honest. 

"But I know our best golf is ahead of us."

No. 1 Oklahoma State lapped the field shooting 833, 31-under par.  That was 18 shots clear of second-place Colorado State.  Northwestern (855), No. 12 Georgia (857) and No. 24 Arizona State (857) rounded out the top five to advance to the NCAA Championship.

The Cowboys' Kevin Tway claimed his third regional medalist honor at 206, 10-under par.  He shot rounds of 72, 65 and 69 to win by one over Arizona State's Scott Pinckney at minus nine, 207.  OSU's Talor Gooch was third at seven under.

LEADERBOARD

1) No. 1 Oklahoma State

276-275-282

833 (-31)

2) Colorado State

283-289-279

851 (-13)

3) Northwestern

293-286-276

855 (-9)

T4) No. 12 Georgia

294-276-287

857 (-7)

T4) No. 24 Arizona State

282-290-285

857 (-7)

6) TCU

289-282-287

858 (-6)

7) No. 25 Clemson

289-281-289

859 (-5)

8) No. 13 Auburn

280-287-294

861 (-3)

9) Chattanooga

291-288-284

863 (-1)

10) Denver

294-289-290

873 (+9)

11) San Jose State

295-287-292

874 (+10)

12) New Mexico State

296-287-295

878 (+14)

13) North Florida

307-291-295

893 (+29)

Mocs:

   

T16) Stephan Jaeger

73-71-71

215 (-1)

T24) Chris Robb

70-69-77

216 (E)

T44) Steven Fox

75-77-67

219 (+3)

T44) Benni Weilguni

73-74-72

219 (+3)

T64) Davis Bunn

77-74-74

225 (+9)

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