Mocs Men's Golf Preview - 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional
Steven Fox shot 68 (-4) earning second alternate at U.S. Open local qualifier last week.
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CHATTANOOGA MOCS MEN'S GOLF
TOURNAMENT PREVIEW - NCAA BOWLING GREEN REGIONAL
MAY 17-19 - Club at Olde Stone - Bowling Green, Ky.

TOURNAMENT FIELD
UCLA, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Clemson, North Texas, CHATTANOOGA, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Iowa State, Colorado State, Jacksonville State, Penn, Alabama State. Individuals: Jace Long (Missouri), Justin Dorwood (Louisville), Adam Hofmann (Vanderbilt), Emilio Cuartero (Missouri), Anthony Bradley (Austin Peay)

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: May 17-19
Location: Bowling Green, Ky.
Format: 54 holes (18 per day)
Course: The Club at Olde Stone (Par 72/7,248 yards)
No. of Teams: 14 & 5 Individuals
Advancing: Top 5 teams & 1 Ind not on top 5 team
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com & WKUSports.com
Hashtag: #NCAAGOLFBG

LINEUP
Name (Stroke Avg./Spring Avg.): Stephan Jaeger (71.30/71.53), Steven Fox (73.07/72.67), Chris Robb (74.52/73.75), Liam Johnston (74.90/74.67), Davis Bunn (76.00/75.67), Team (292.07/292.07).

HEAD COACH
MARK GUHNE (Chattanooga '84) is in his seventh year as a head coach, all at Chattanooga.  The Mocs have won 15 team titles under his watch, including four SoCon titles, and he has been named SoCon Coach of the Year four times (2006, 2007, 2008 & 2012) and PING East Region Coach of the Year once (2009).  He has coached 11 medalists including two in 2011-12, Jaeger (Golfweek Conference Challenge & SoCon Championship).

LAST TIME OUT
UTC and three-time SoCon Golfer of the Year Stephan Jaeger (Munich, Germany) ran away with the 2012 SoCon Championship. The Mocs won by 19 shots with a three-under par total of 861. Jaeger captured his third career medalist honor at -9 winning by 11 strokes. He is the first UTC SoCon individual winner since 1978 (Donnie Green).

UP NEXT
The Mocs are looking to advance to the NCAA Championship May 29-June 3 at famed Riveria Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

NOTES

  • UTC is ranked No. 34 on Golfstat and No. 37 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
  • This is Chattanooga's sixth straight regional appearance, the only ones in school history. The team has advanced to the championship once (2009).
  • NCAA Regional finishes under Guhne:
    Year/Site/Finish/Score
    2007/Atlanta, Ga./19th/910
    2008/Chattanooga, Tenn./T12th/853
    2009/Stillwater, Okla./3rd/907
    2010/Santee, Calif./12th/912
    2011/Erie, Colo./9th/863
    Complete NCAA postseason scoring history for UTC is listed on pages 10-13 of this notes package linked above.
  • The Mocs won their fifth Southern Conference Championship this year, fourth in six years. The five titles and years won: 1987 (Charlotte, N.C.), 2007 (Florence, S.C.), 2008 (Florence), 2009 (Florence) and 2012 (Daniel Island, S.C.).
  • Jaeger is the third UTC men's golfer and fifth overall to play in regionals in each of his four seasons. He joins former teammates Derek Rende (2007-10) and Fredrik Qvicker (2007-10) along with women's standouts Emma de Groot (2008-11) and Maria Juliana Loza (2009-current). Jaeger was a freshman when the Mocs advanced to the championship in 2009 tying for team-low honors in 13th with Ben Rickett (2006-09) .
  • This is the second regional held at the Club at Olde Stone. UCLA (-1), Washington (+6), Georgia Tech (+16), Ohio State (+16) and Duke (+17) advanced along with medalist Matt Hill (-4) of N.C. State. The low round of 67 (-5) was turned in by Nick Taylor (Washington) in round one which led the Huskies to the team low mark of six-under par 282. There were just four par or better team rounds in 2009 with UCLA and Washington each recording two.
  • Chattanooga student-athletes have won five of the last six Southern Conference Golfer of the Year honors. Jaeger won an unprecedented three in a row. Jonathan Hodge (2006-09) won in 2007 and 2008.
  • Jaeger's 11-stroke win at the SoCon Championship tied Brad Faxon's (Furman) tourney record in 1983.
  • Guhne won his fourth SoCon Coach of the Year honor. His previous three were in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
  • In addition to his three-peat as player of the year, Jaeger is a four-time all-conference performer and the last Mocs golfer to win Freshman of the Year (2009). He joins Rende as the only UTC student-athletes to make the all-league team all four years. He is also in line to become the first four-time PING All-Region selection and could be just the second All-American (Hodge, 2008) as well.
  • Jaeger set a new school record with 27 rounds in the 60's. His two at the Linger Longer Invite pushed him past former teammate Derek Rende's (2007-10) 23.
  • Jaeger's 18 par or better rounds gives him 65 breaking Hodge's school mark of 64.
  • Stat leaders:
    - Eagles: Benni Weilguni, 4 (0.17/rd)
    - Birdies: Stephan Jaeger, 103 (3.43)
    - Pars: Steven Fox, 349 (11.63)
    - Par/Better Holes: Jaeger, 83.5%
    - Par 3 Scoring: Fox, 3.09 (+11)
    - Par 4 Scoring: Jaeger, 4.07 (+20)
    - Par 5 Scoring: Jaeger, 4.56 (-50)
    Complete statistics are on pages five and six of the notes package linked above.
  • UTC is -124 (4.73) on par 5s as a team this season on its counting cards with a low of -26 at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic. That's just ahead of the 24-under par effort at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic.
  • Jaeger made the watch list for the 2012 Ben Hogan Award. He is the first Mocs student-athlete to be so named.
  • Jaeger is No. 14 on Golfstat and No. 20 in Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
  • Fox has 12 scores in the 60s for his career and 33 par or better cards. Fox posted 67 birdies over his last 21 rounds (3.2 per) after 17 in the first nine (1.9).
  • Fox has 12 or pars in six consecutive rounds.
  • Jaeger has seven top 10s in 10 events with five top 5's (2 wins). He has 18 career top 10s, 14 top 5's. He's finished first three times, third thrice, fourth six times and fifth twice, but never second.
  • Jaeger is -15 for the season after shooting -1 for 2010-11. Since the 2011 Cleveland Palmetto Intercollegiate, he has shot -29 (15 tournaments - 810 holes - 71.22).
  • UTC has nine par or better rounds as a team. Individually, Jaeger leads with 18.
  • Mocs student-athletes have nine top fives and a total of 13 top 10s thus far. This includes two wins and four runner-ups.
  • 19 rounds in the 60's led by Jaeger with 11. Fox has four, while Robb and Weilguni each have two.
  • Jaeger's career scoring average of 72.18 is the lowest in school history. Hodge is second at 73.07. Jaeger is +0.59 against par.
  • Jaeger's current stroke average of 71.30 is just ahead of Hodge's school record of 71.41. Jaeger's 2011 mark of 71.67 is third. Those are the only three under-par totals for the Mocs.
  • Fox was named SoCon Golfer of the Week following his performance at the LSU National Invitational. It was his second such honor in his career.
  • Jaeger was named league Golfer of the Month for March. His best finish was tied for third against a strong field at the Linger Longer Invitational. He followed with the April award as well following his dominating SoCon win.
  • For his efforts at the Linger Longer Invite, Jaeger earned his first SoCon Golfer of the Week mention of 2012 and fourth overall. That's the most won by a UTC men's golfer.
  • All seven Mocs have qualified for at least two events this season. Only Jaeger and Fox have played in all 11 events. This week's is the seventh different lineup used.
  • Chattanooga carded 43 birdies among the counters over 54 holes at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic to end the fall slate. That's a season-best as is the 19 recorded in the final round.
  • Jaeger posted his second career collegiate win at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. His seven-under par total of 209 is an exact match to his winning total at the 2011 LSU National Invite. Now with three wins, he is tied for the school record with Hodge and Bryce Ledford (2004-07).
  • The first two events this season were a handful for the Mocs. The fields for the Carpet Capital Collegiate (12 teams) and Golfweek Conference Challenge (15) included 20 2011 NCAA Regional participants, 10 of which advanced to the NCAA Championship with three (Oklahoma State, Georgia, Georgia Tech) that advanced to match play. UTC went 19-6 finishing sixth at the Farm and second at the conference challenge with wins over Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Cal, Georgia, LSU and Wake Forest.
  • Weilguni carded a career-best finish of second at the Carpet Capital Collegiate where he tied his career highs for 54-hole total (210) and single round (67) at the Carpet Capital. His five-under 67 in the second round included an eagle, four birdies and 12 pars with a single blemish (bogey).
  • Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) is one of the more heralded newcomers in UTC history. He finished as runner-up at the 2011 Scottish Boys Match Play Championship, 2011 Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship and was No. 2 on the 2010 Scottish Boys Order of Merit.
  • The Mocs are an interesting mix of regional and international talent. There are three Tennesseans in Bunn (Knoxville), Fox, (Hendersonville) and Ratliff (Kingsport), two Scots (Robb & Johnston), an Austrian (Weilguni) and a German (Jaeger). Jaeger covers both sides of the pond prepping in Chattanooga at the Baylor School.

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