CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Chattanooga Mocs head coach Mark Guhne announced his 2012-13 schedule Monday pending faculty athletics committee approval. This year's slate opens in Dalton, Ga., and features two other events in Atlanta offering UTC fans plenty of opportunity to see the nationally-competitive program.
The Mocs are coming off an incredible four-month stretch. It started with clean sweeps of team and individual (Stephan Jaeger) titles at the Southern Conference Championship and NCAA Bowling Green Regional. That led to an 18th-place finish at the NCAA Championship. Jaeger's first team All-American nod was the first in school history.
The run culminated with senior Steven Fox's (Hendersonville, Tenn.) win at the United States Amateur at fabled Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver, Colo. Fox's win brought huge exposure for himself, the program and the school.
But that is now in the past as 2012-13 comes to the forefront. UTC will look to continue the momentum heading into Guhne's eighth season at his alma mater.
It begins with one of the most prestigious events in golf, the Carpet Capital Collegiate Championship. Known as the "Masters of College Golf", the Carpet Capital annually attracts an elite field. This year is no different with Chattanooga being joined by the likes of fellow NCAA Championship participants Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, UNF and national champion Texas in the 15-team field. Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU and Tennessee are also in the mix.
"Our 2008 win here is one of the top moments in my coaching career," Guhne noted. "It is such a very special place. Short of NCAA titles, you can't really top winning the Carpet Capital. Plus our families, friends and fans can easily come out and join us over the weekend."
The Carpet Capital is played at the Farm in Rocky Face (Dalton), Ga. It is a 30-mile drive from downtown Chattanooga affording golf fans in the area an excellent opportunity to see this year's team open the season.
It doesn't get any easier for the Mocs. The PING/Golfweek Preview is the following week at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course outside Atlanta. That's the host site for the NCAA Championship in the spring. Another star-studded 15-team field awaits with Texas, Alabama, Cal, UCLA, Washington, Georgia and Georgia Tech among those awaiting Chattanooga. In fact, seven of the eight teams that earned match play in the 2012 championship are in the tourney.
Next are two familiar events for UTC. The team travels to the Brickyard Collegiate Oct. 5-7 in Macon, Ga., and the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic Oct. 15-16 in Duluth, Ga. It concludes the fall at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate Oct. 27-28 in Greensboro, N.C.
"It is a very aggressive fall schedule," Guhne continued. "We see the defending national champion (Texas) twice and keep coming across Alabama, the runner-up last year. But it shows how far along our program has come and where it is headed."
The spring opens in Texas for the Redstone Collegiate Championship in the Houston suburb of Humble, Texas. The event is Feb. 22-24 at Redstone Golf Club.
Chattanooga returns to action in March at the Auburn Tiger Shootout March 11-12 on the Grand National Lake Course in Auburn. The Mocs return to the Furman Intercollegiate March 22-24 in Greenville, S.C.
April opens at the Reunion Intercollegiate in Jackson, Miss., on the first and second. UTC won Ole Miss' tournament in its only other visit to Reunion Golf and Country Club in 2008. The regular season concludes April 6-7 in Concord, N.C., for Charlotte's Irish Creek Intercollegiate.
"Those 10 tournaments (fall & spring) are designed to have us playing our best heading into championship season," Guhne added.
The Mocs will defend their SoCon Championship April 21-23 at the Ralston Creek Course in Daniel Island, S.C. NCAA Regionals, another title to defense, are May 16-18 at the following sites: Baton Rouge, La. (University Club), Columbus, Ohio (Scarlet Course), Fayetteville, Ark. (The Blessings G.C.), Pullman, Wash. (Palouse Ridge G.C.), Tallahassee, Fla. (Golden Eagle C.C.) and Tempe, Ariz. (Karsten G.C.).
The NCAA Championship is May 28-June 2 at Capital City Club Crabapple Course. Alpharetta, Ga., will welcome 30 teams and six individuals for 54 holes of stroke play crowning an individual medalist. The top eight teams at that point move on the three days of match play to decide the 2013 Champion.
"Our eyes are always on winning the SoCon Championship and grabbing a coveted top five spot in regionals to make it to the finals," he concluded. "From there, we are trying to break down that wall and make match play.
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