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Davis Bunn is -3 over his last 108 holes and leads the Mocs in scoring average (73.08) this spring.
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UTC Title Defense Starts Sunday at SoCon Championship

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team begins defense of its Southern Conference Championship this week at the Ralston Creek Course on Daniel Island, S.C. The 54-hole, three-day affair starts on Sunday and concludes Tuesday with 18 holes played per day.

Four of the five Mocs return from last year’s runaway victors. Senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.), juniors Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) and Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) as well as sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) return to the difficult tract where they triumphed by 19 strokes a year ago. Add junior Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) to the mix and the top-ranked squad in the SoCon faces an 11-team field.

Fox and Bunn are coming off top 10 performances at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate April 1-2 in Mississippi. Fox was runner-up shooting a career-best 208 (-8), while Bunn tied for sixth. His five-under par 211 is also a career low.

Robb tied for runner-up last year on Daniel Island shooting two-over par 218. That was 11 shots behind teammate Stephan Jaeger (2009-12). Fox tied for fourth (219), while Johnston tied for 10th another shot back at 220.

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 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP  – APRIL 21-23
TOURNAMENT FIELD
Appalachian State, College of Charleston, CHATTANOOGA, Davidson, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern, UNCG, Samford, Western Carolina, Wofford

TOURNAMENT FIELD – RANKING

Team (As of 4/17)

Golfstat

Golfweek

CHATTANOOGA

47

50

Georgia Southern

53

57

Davidson

83

95

College of Charleston

91

93

Samford

103

106

Western Carolina

127

132

UNCG

152

150

Elon

157

178

Furman

167

167

Wofford

171

175

Appalachian State

191

194

TOURNAMENT INFO
Dates: April 21-23
Location: Daniel Island, S.C.
Format: 54 Holes (18 per day)
Course: Ralston Creek Course (Par 72/7,178 yards)
No. of Teams: 11
2012 Champ: Chattanooga (294-286-281=861, -3)
Medalist: Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga (66-72-69=207, -9)

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG

SPRING

Steven Fox

72.38

73.44

Chris Robb

73.19

75.00

Davis Bunn

74.25

73.08

Liam Johnston

74.37

75.50

Benni Weilguni

74.96

75.08

TEAM

292.74

293.50

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
The Mocs finished fourth with a season-low tying one-over par total of 865. Steven Fox shot -8 to end up second, while Davis Bunn tied for sixth at -5.

UP NEXT
UTC awaits postseason NCAA Regional possibilities. There are six regional sites with play May 16-18.

NOTES
- Chattanooga is a five-time winner of the SoCon Championship topping the leaderboard in 1987, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

- UTC has produced two medalists in the event. Stephan Jaeger last year on this tract and Donnie Green in 1978, the Mocs’ first appearance. Jaeger’s win tied PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon (Furman) for largest margin of victory (11).

- The Mocs are the defending champions winning last year by 19 strokes over Georgia Southern. UTC, GSU and College of Charleston are paired in the first round.

- Chattanooga has won four of the last six SoCon Championships. It results under Guhne:

Year

Finish

Scores

Top Individual

2006

3rd

287-302-294=883

B. Ledford, T10, 220 (+4)

2007

1st

293-280-291=864

J. Hodge, T2, 214 (-2)

2008

1st

290-281-294=865

B. Rickett, T2, 215 (-1)

2009

1st

279-287-286=852

F. Qvicker, T2, 211 (-5)

2010

7th

295-294-298=887

D. Rende, T24, 221 (+5)

2011

3rd

287-288-292=867

S. Fox, T4, 214 (-2)

2012

1st

294-286-281=861

S. Jaeger, 1, 207 (-9)

- It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Fox. The Mocs’ 2012 U.S. Amateur Champion finished second at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate to open the month. He then travelled to Atlanta for his Georgia Cup match with British Am champ Alan Dunbar before competing at the Masters on the fabled Augusta National tract.

- The hottest golfer on the team is actually Bunn. The junior from Knoxville is on his best stretch as a collegian. He’s coming off his second top 10 tying for sixth at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate (69-71-71=211, -5). He leads the squad in spring scoring average (73.08).

- 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. 28 in the R&A World Amateur Rankings.

- Fox (13) and Robb (11) and lead the team in par or better rounds with four cards in the 60’s each. Bunn is third with eight. All eight have come in 2013.

- Bunn is -3 over his last 108 holes. Five of his eight par or better rounds have come over this stretch with a 71.5 stroke average over the six rounds.

- The team has posted four par or better rounds in 27 total. The low was a 277 in the final round of the Brickyard Collegiate.

- UTC has 17 eagles this season which is third all-time in the school’s ledger.  The 2007-08 team posted 21 while last year’s group had 19.

- Fox leads his squad in stroke average (72.38), par 3 scoring (3.06), par 4 scoring (4.12), birdies (2.88/rd), pars (11.96/rd), fewest bogeys (2.58/rd), par or better rounds (13) and par or better holes (82.4%).

- His 13 par or better rounds ties season high (2010-11 & 2011-12).

- Fox career ranks in Mocs records: 4th in scoring average (73.12), fourth in par or better rounds (49), fifth in birdies (357) and fourth in rounds in the 60’s (17).

- Robb leads the Mocs in total birdies (77), fewest others (0.44/rd) and Par 5 Scoring (4.70).

- Bunn and Benni Weilguni are tied for the lead in eagles per round (0.17) with four total. Robb and Johnston also have four averaging 0.15 per 18.

- As a team, UTC is -87 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), Tiger Invitational (-11) and BancorpSouth Intercollegiate (-10) as well.

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

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

- Signee Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) is having a phenomenal 2013.  Scott recently finished as runner-up in the Scottish Boys Championship. He finished fifth at the South African Stroke Play Championship (-8, 71-67-71-71=280) following with a semifinal appearance the South African Match Play. He was third at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, fifth at the Australian Master of the Amateurs and seventh at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

- Fox has 368 birdies and 1361 pars in his career. He’s posted 41 rounds with four or more birdies (9 in 2012-13) and 60 with 12 or more pars (14). He has seven top fives (2) and 12 total top 10’s (3) with one win (2010 Furman Intercollegiate).

- Robb has 35 career cards with four or more birdies (12) tallied, 33 with 12 or more pars (9), nine in the 60’s (4) and 28 par or better (11). He has four top 10’s with three in the top five including his two wins. He has 11 eagles, 257 birdies and is four short of 1000 pars with 996 in his two-plus years.

- Johnston seven eagles, 118 birdies and 594 pars to date. He has nine career rounds of four or more birdies (5), 22 with 12 or more pars (13) 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, 221 birdies and 792 pars.

- Bunn currently has seven eagles, 193 birdies and 846 pars.

- Low 54-hole score for the Mocs is 865 (+1). It has been turned in twice. The first was in October at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate and then most recently to open the month of April at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate.

- Fox played par or better on 52 of his 54 holes at the BancorpSouth with his second runner-up finish of 2012-13. He fired a career-best eight-under par 208 (69-69-70) with 10 birdies and 42 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.

- 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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