Liam Johnston leads the Mocs against perhaps the strongest field of the 2012-13 golf season at the PING/Golfweek Preview.
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UTC Menís Golf Back in Action Sunday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men's golf team is back in action Sunday at the PING/Golfweek Preview at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Alpharetta, Ga. The Preview event is one of the toughest fields in collegiate golf.

The tourney is just what its name states. It is a preview of the 2013 NCAA Championship which will start on this same tract in May 2013.

All 15 teams entered ranked among the top 27 in the final Golfstat rankings of the 2011-12 season. Seven of the eight teams in this year's event qualified for match play at the 2012 NCAA Championship.

UTC is sending four from its Carpet Capital Collegiate lineup and a newcomer. Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland), Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) and Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) earned their spots based on their performance at the Carpet Capital.

Alex Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Kory Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.) won the final two qualifying spots. Ratliff is making his fourth career start, while Webb, a freshman who won the four-round qualifier, is making his first.

Click the live scoring link above to access the tournament site. Tee times are posted there based on availability. The link is also available at GoMocs.com on the men's golf schedule page.

Follow @GoMocsMGLF for updates before and during the tournament.

2012 PING/Golfweek Preview - Sept. 23-25
Tournament Field
Alabama, Arkansas, CHATTANOOGA, Cal, UCLA, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kent State, UNLV, New Mexico, San Diego State, Texas, Texas A&M & Washington

Tournament Info
Dates: Sept. 23-25
Location: Alpharetta, Ga.
Format: 54 Holes - 18 per day
Course: Capital City Club - Crabapple Course (Par 70/7,182)
No. of Teams: 15
2011 Champion: Not held
Medalist: N/A

Lineup

NAME

OVERALL AVG

SPRING

Liam Johnston

71.33

N/A

Steven Fox

73.00

N/A

Chris Robb

73.33

N/A

Alex Ratliff

74.00

N/A

Kory Webb

N/A

N/A

TEAM

291.67

N/A

Head Coach
MARK GUHNE (Chattanooga '84) is in his eighth year as a head coach, all at Chattanooga. The Mocs have won 16 team titles under his watch, including four SoCon titles and one NCAA Regional. 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 12 medalists and one U.S. Amateur Champ (2012 -
Steven Fox).

Last Time Out
Chattanooga opened the season with a seventh-place finish against a stacked field at the Carpet Capital Collegiate. The team shot 292-286-297 for an 11-over par total of 875 beating the likes of Auburn (No. 8 in 2011-12), UNF (No. 10) and Georgia Tech (No. 11).
Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) tied for 11th at -2 (214).

Up Next
The Mocs return to the Brickyard Collegiate Oct. 5-7 played on the Brickyard at Riverside. This is the team's fifth straight entry in the event.

Notes
- UTC is making its second appearance in the PING/Golfweek Preview. The last time was in 2008 at Inverness with the Mocs claiming an 11th-place finish. It was a good omen as the team made its way back to Inverness for the NCAA Championship in the spring.

- Johnston got the season off to a good start with back-to-back rounds of two-under par 70. That tied his career best in the final round of the 2012 Seahawk Intercollegiate.

- The two par or better rounds are already two behind his total of four in Johnston's freshman campaign last year.

- Set new career high with six birdies in opening round best five at the Seahawk and again in the opening round of NCAA Championship at Riviera. His total of 12 for the tourney is a new high as well (9 - 2011 AutoTrader.com Collegiate).

- PING/Golfweek Preview history for Mocs: 11th-place in 2008 (Scores: 299-300-294=893, +41). Top Mocs finisher: Ben Rickett, T8, 212, -1.

- The PING/Golfweek Preview is one of the toughest fields in college golf this season. All 15 teams finished ranked in the top 27 of the Golfstat rankings last year. Seven of the eight teams that made match play at the NCAA Championship are in the field including three of the four semifinalists (Alabama, Cal, Texas). There are six that ended up in the top 10 and 10 total top 15.

- Wins at the Carpet Capital included three teams ranked in the top 12 at the end of the previous season. Auburn (by 15 strokes) was No. 8 in 2011-12, while North Florida (4) was No. 10 and Georgia Tech (9) 11th. The Mocs went 3-3 against the SEC, beating the Tigers, Tennessee and South Carolina, and 2-2 against the ACC topping Tech and North Carolina.

- U.S. Amateur Champion Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) got his season off to a good start with a one-under par 71 to open the Carpet Capital. It was the 37th par or better round of his career. He recorded his 300th career birdie and 1100th par during the event.

- Fox will miss the Mocs next tournament, the Brickyard Collegiate, to represent the USA at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship. The event is Oct. 4-7 at Antalya and Cornelia Golf Clubs in Antalya, Turkey. He is joined on the team by Chris Williams (Washington) and Justin Thomas (Alabama).

- Chris Robb's (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) second round 70 (-2) is his 18th par or better round. He navigated 52 of his 54 Carpet Capital holes at one-under par. He entered the tee at No. 17 at minus one in the first round but played the finishing holes at five over.

- Alex Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) played solidly in his first Carpet Capital. He shot 75, 72 and 75 to finish tied for 31st. Ratliff led the team with 37 pars.

- Kory Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.) is making his collegiate debut at the Capital City Club.

- The Mocs return four of five starters from last year's NCAA Bowling Green Regional Champion along with two letterwinners and three strong freshmen from the state of Tennessee. Fox headlines the group that includes senior Ratliff, juniors Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.), Robb and Benni Weilguni (Langelois, Austria) and sophomore Johnston. First team All-American and four-time PING All-East Region performer Stephan Jaeger (Munich, Germany) graduated.

- Fox had the big win of the 2012 summer circuit for the Mocs, but he was not alone. Johnston and Robb each won in their native Scotland. Johnston captured the Tennant Cup at Glasgow Gailes and Killermont in June. He shot 68-62 over the final 36 holes for a one-shot win. Robb won the North East Open at Newmachar Golf Club. He shot six-under to win by five over former Walker Cupper Graham Gordon.

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