Benni Weilguni leads the Mocs with a 74.00 scoring average in the spring.
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UTC Opens Monday in the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team closes out the regular season at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2. The tourney is at Reunion Golf and Country Club which ranges 7,305 yards with a par of 72.

Senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) returns to the lineup alongside juniors Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland), Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) as well as sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland). Senior Alex Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) will play as an individual.

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. 

2013 BANCORPSOUTH INTERCOLLEGIATE – APRIL 1-2
TOURNAMENT FIELD
Central Arkansas, CHATTANOOGA, Jackson State, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, UMKC, UNCG, Ole Miss, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss, Texas State, Troy, Western Kentucky

TOURNAMENT FIELD - RANKING

Team (As of 3/27)

Golfstat

Golfweek

Mississippi State

34

36

CHATTANOOGA

51

50

Ole Miss

63

66

Central Arkansas

91

95

Southeastern Louisiana

93

94

UMKC

101

110

Southern Miss

106

105

Texas State

115

115

Troy

123

131

Middle Tennessee

130

124

Western Kentucky

152

164

UNCG

157

153

Jackson State

283

284

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: April 1-2
Location: Madison, Miss.
Format: 54 Holes (36/18)
Course: Reunion Golf & Country Club (Par 72/7,305 yards)
No. of Teams: 13
2012 Champ: Wichita State (Scores: 276-289=565, -11)
2012 Medalist: Jonathan Fly, Memphis (68-68=136, -2) 

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG

SPRING

Steven Fox

72.81

75.50

Chris Robb

73.21

75.67

Liam Johnston

74.04

75.00

Benni Weilguni

74.76

74.67

Davis Bunn

74.81

74.00

Alex Ratliff (Ind.)

76.73

N/A

TEAM

293.29

295.22

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 13 medalists and one U.S. Amateur Champ (2012 - Steven Fox). 

LAST TIME OUT
Chattanooga ended up seventh at the Furman Intercollegiate shooting 881. Davis Bunn led the way tying for 18th at two-over par 218. 

UP NEXT
UTC opens postseason April 21-23 defending its Southern Conference Championship at Ralston Creek Course on Daniel Island, S.C. 

NOTES
- It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks for Steven Fox. The Mocs’ 2012 U.S. Amateur Champion is back in the lineup this week and then heads to Atlanta for his Georgia Cup match with British Am champ Alan Dunbar (Ireland) on Thursday, April 4. He then heads to the Masters for a full week of work on the fabled Augusta National tract. His Sunday practice round is with fellow U.S. Am winner at Cherry Hills Phil Mickelson.

- Chattanooga returns to the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate for the first time since 2008, the inaugural event. The Mocs won by four shots over LSU.

Year

Finish

Scores

Top Ind.

2008

1st

283-280-289=852

4, J. Hodge, 71-69-72=212

- Chris Robb is getting noticed for his play. The affable Scot is No. 16 in the current Palmer Cup standings for the European team.

- Fox is No. 33 in the R&A World Amateur Rankings.

- Fox (10) and Robb (9) and lead the team in par or better rounds with nearly half of Robb’s including four cards in the 60’s. Benni Weilguni and Liam Johnston rank third with six.

- The team has posted three par or better rounds in 24 total. The low was a 277 in the final round of the Brickyard Collegiate.

- Alex Ratliff is making the trip as well playing as an individual.

- Fox leads his squad in stroke average (72.81), par 3 scoring (3.11), par 4 scoring (4.14), birdies (2.81/rd), pars (11.67/rd), fewest bogeys (2.86/rd) and par or better holes (80.4%).

- Robb leads the Mocs in total birdies (66), fewest others (0.42/rd) and Par 5 Scoring (4.69).

- Weilguni is tied with Davis Bunn for the lead in eagles per round (0.19) with four total. Robb and Johnston also have four averaging 0.17 per 18.

- Weilguni leads the squad in spring scoring average at 74.00 followed by Bunn (74.67).

- As a team, UTC is -77 on the par fives (4.78). It was 20 under at the Carpet Capital and -19 at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. The Mocs dipped into double digits at the Brickyard (-13) and Tiger Invitational (-11) as well.

- Best tourney performance on the par threes came at the Brickyard shooting minus five.

- Top par four score is seven over at Bayou City Collegiate.

- Signee Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) is off to a phenomenal start to 2013.  Scott has risen to No. 315 in R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings (2/20/13) after finishing fifth at the South African Stroke Play Championship (-8, 71-67-71-71=280) following with a semifinal appearance the South African Match Play.

- Fox has 358 birdies and 1319 pars in his career. He’s posted 40 rounds with four or more birdies (8 in 2012-13), 57 with 12 or more pars (11), 15 in the 60’s (2) and 46 par or better (10). He has six top fives (1) and 11 total top 10’s (2) with one win (2010 Furman Intercollegiate).

- Robb has 33 career cards with four or more birdies (10) tallied, 32 with 12 or more pars (8), nine in the 60’s (4) and 26 par or better (9). He has four top 10’s with three in the top five including his two wins. He has 11 eagles, 246 birdies and is 35 short of 1000 pars with 965 in his two-plus years.

- Johnston seven eagles, 114 birdies and 558 pars to date. He has nine career rounds of four or more birdies (5), 20 with 12 or more pars (11) and 10 par or better rounds (6). He has one top 10 (2011 SoCon Champ.).

- Weilguni eclipsed 200 birdies and 700 pars for his career at Auburn. He is at 13 eagles, 214 birdies and 762 pars.

- Bunn currently has seven eagles, 181 birdies and 810 pars.

- Robb was dominant in his win at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. It was his second collegiate win and interestingly enough included the same three scores for the same winning total, nine-under par 207 (72-66-69). He fired rounds of 66, 69 and 72 winning the 2010 Springhill Suites Collegiate, his second career start.

- Had a career-high three eagles and 12 birdies at the Bridgestone. He tied his career-best round of 66 on his second 18.

- Four Mocs competed at the Savannah Quarters Individual Intercollegiate in Pooler, Ga. Davis Bunn finished fourth shooting three-under par 213 (71-69-73) followed by Kory Webb (T5, 218), Weilguni (T9, 223) and Alex Ratliff (T16, 227).

- Fox was near flawless in his runner-up finish at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate. He recorded a career-high 45 pars while also making five birdies playing 50 of 54 holes par or better with just four bogeys.

- Michael Monroe saw his first action of his collegiate career, while Weilguni made his season debut at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate. They acquitted themselves well tying for 22nd shooting two-over par 218 over their 54 holes.

- The final round 277 (-11) at the Brickyard is tied for the sixth lowest competitive round in school history. It is also tied for the second lowest score outside of Chattanooga behind the -15 273 at the 2009 Administaff ASU Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Robb, Monroe and Weilguni carded three-under par 69s, while Johnston added a 70.

-  U.S. Amateur Champion Steven Fox missed out on the Brickyard Collegiate. He spent that weekend representing the United States at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey. Fox is joined on the team by Chris Williams (Washington) and Justin Thomas (Alabama) with Jim Vernon serving as captain. The event was shortened to 54 holes due to weather but it did not slow down the American squad. The USA trio set a 54-hole record shooting 24-under par 404. Fox finished tied for 10th in a field of 214 firing 71, 68, 69 for a six-under par 208. He also represented the U.S. at the Copas de las Americas in January.

- The opening two events (Carpet Capital Collegiate & 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.

- 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.

- Beat then-No. 7 Georgia at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate.

- 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 Bunn, Robb and Weilguni and sophomore Johnston. First team All-American and four-time PING All-East Region performer Stephan Jaeger (2009-12) graduated.

- Former Mocs All-American Stephan Jaeger (2009-12) qualified for his first PGA Tour event, the Puerto Rico Open (March 7-10). He missed the cut by two shots shooting one-under par 143 (70-73).

- Former Mocs All-American Jonathan Hodge (2006-09) earned his Web.Com Tour card for 2013.

- 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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