SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- Chattanooga Mocs All-American Stephan Jaeger (Munich, Germany) captured his final Southern Conference honor being named Golfer of the Month for May by the league office Thursday. It is the fourth monthly honor of his career, third of 2011-12.
The senior followed up a record-setting performance in winning the SoCon Championship in April with another in May. Jaeger set a new UTC standard with his 13-under par total of 203 with a four-shot win at the NCAA Bowling Green Regional leading the Mocs to their first NCAA postseason golf title over UCLA, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Clemson among the participants.
He opened with a 70 (-2) and followed with rounds of 67 (-5) and 66 (-6). He beat five top 20 golfers in the world at the time. He topped No. 1 (Patrick Cantlay by 17 shots), No. 7 (Corbin Mills by 19), No. 16 (Anton Arboleda by 18), No. 19 (Sebastian Cappelen by 13) and No. 20 (Pedro Figueiredo by 4).
Jaeger was named Golfer of the Month in March and April sweeping the honor this year. He also claimed Golfer of the Week on March 28 for his play at the Linger Longer Invitational.
His four Golfer of the Month awards ties for second-most in league history with former teammate Jonathan Hodge (2006-09). Western Carolina's Matt Cook won nine from 2005-08 but it was a year-around award for three of his four seasons.
He became the first SoCon student-athlete to win three Golfer of the Year awards this year. He is a four-time PING All-East Region selection and became the first All-American First Team selection since Rhys Davies (ETSU) and Aron Price (Georgia Southern) in 2005.
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The Chattanooga Mocs men's golf program is one of the elite programs in the nation. It has regularly ranked in the top 50 in the nation since Mark Guhne took over in 2005. In his seven campaigns, UTC has ranked No. 1 twice and finished as high No. 12 in 2008. The team has won 16 times in those seven seasons including the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional and four Southern Conference Championships (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012). There have been 12 medalists including 2012 NCAA Regional and SoCon Championship winner Stephan Jaeger. Jaeger was named first team PING All-American joining Jonathan Hodge who was second team in 2008.