Chris Robb (pictured) and Liam Johnston leads UTC in its fifth appearance in the event.
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Mocs Head to Macon for 2012 Brickyard Collegiate

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men's golf team is back on the tee Friday for the Brickyard Collegiate Classic. It is a 54-hole event played October 5-7 at the Brickyard at Riverside in Macon, Ga.

The tourney lineup includes juniors Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.), Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) and Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria), sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) and freshman Michael Monroe (Franklin, Tenn.). Weilguni and Monroe are making their season debuts.

Robb and Johnston are tied for the team lead averaging 72.67 strokes per round. They have each led the Mocs in the opening two tournaments. Johnston tied for 11th at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in the opener, while Robb tied for 30th at the PING/Golfweek Preview.

A familiar face is out of the lineup for the first time in his collegiate career. Senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.), the 2012 U.S. Amateur Champion, is in Turkey representing the USA at the World Team Amateur Championship.

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
Air Force, Augusta State, College of Charleston, CHATTANOOGA, Colorado State, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Mercer, North Florida, Oklahoma, Princeton, USF & Virginia Tech

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: Oct. 5-7
Location: Macon, Ga.
Format: 54 Holes - 18 per day
Course: Brickyard at Riverside (Par 72/Yardage 7,128)
No. of Teams: 15
2011 Champion: Georgia Tech (280-285-283=848, -16)
Medalist: Brooks Koepka, Florida State (66-70-69=205, -11)

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG

SPRING

Liam Johnston

72.67

N/A

Chris Robb

72.67

N/A

Davis Bunn

77.67

N/A

Michael Monroe

N/A

N/A

Benni Weilguni

N/A

N/A

TEAM

294.83

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
UTC squared off against possibly the toughest field in college golf in 2012-13 finishing 15th at the PING/Golfweek Preview. Fourteen of the 15 teams (including Chattanooga at No. 24) ranked in Golfweek's preseason top 25. Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) led the team tying for 30th shooting 68, 74 and 74 (216, +6) at the Capital City Club, the 2013 NCAA Championship venue.

UP NEXT
The Mocs return to the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic Oct. 15-16 at Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, Ga. This is the team's second straight entry in the event finishing second in 2011.

NOTES
 -  Chattanooga is without the services of U.S. Amateur Champion Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) this weekend. He is in Antalya, Turkey for the 2012 World Team Amateur. Fox is joined on the team by Chris Williams (Washington) and Justin Thomas (Alabama). The event is October 4-7 at Antalya (PGA Sultan Course) and Cornelia Golf Clubs.

 - UTC is making its fifth appearance in the Brickyard Collegiate Classic. The best finish was tied for second with Clemson in 2009 ending up ahead of Georgia, LSU, Florida State and Georgia Tech among others.

 - Brickyard Collegiate history for Mocs:

 

Place

Team Scores

Low Ind.

2008

11

294-296-296=886 +46

T13, Hodge/Rickett, 217 (+7)

2009

T2

291-285=576 E

T10, Fredrik Qvicker, 142 (-2)

2010

6

292-291-289=872 +8

T8, Steven Fox, 213 (-3)

2011

6

296-298-291=885 +21

4, Stephan Jaeger, 210 (-6)

 - Third straight event with Georgia and Georgia Tech in the field.

 - Opening two events at Carpet Capital Collegiate and PING/Golfweek Preview were two of the toughest fields in collegiate golf this season. Both featured last year's NCAA Championship Finalists, Texas and Alabama. The Preview had 14 of 15 teams ranked in Golfweek's preseason top 25 including UTC at No. 24.

 - Doesn't get much easier at the Brickyard. Including the Mocs, six teams in this year's field reached the 2012 NCAA Championship (Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Florida, Oklahoma & Virginia Tech). Two-time National Champion Augusta State leads a group of four more (Colorado State, Mercer Ind., USF Ind.) that competed in regionals.

 - Junior Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) and freshman Michael Monroe (Franklin, Tenn.) are making their 2012-13 debuts at the Brickyard.

 - Monroe and Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) are getting their first look at the Brickyard at Riverside. It is the second Brickyard Collegiate for Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) and third each for Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) and Weilguni.

 - Bunn tied for 21st at two-over par 218 in his 2010 appearance. His career high of 13 birdies came in that event including five in round two which ties his high for a round. The 218 is tied for his low 54-hole total.

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

 - Set new career high with six birdies in opening round besting 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).

- Robb posted his sixth career round in the 60's with his 68 (-2) at the PING/Golfweek Preview. His next par or better round will be No. 20.

 - Robb is three shy (197) of 200 career birdies. He has posted 772 pars in his two-plus seasons.

 - 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.

 - 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 (Langenlois, 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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