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Mocs Leap into 5th-Place Finish at Palmetto

(Photo Credit: GoMocs.com): Chris Robb (pictured) and Ewan Scott turned in rounds of 68 and 69, respectively, to lead Chattanooga six spots up the leaderboard

NOTES

AIKEN, S.C.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team knew what it needed to do today. After a slow start to the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate on Monday, the team needed a special round.

They got it. The Mocs shot 284 (+4) at the always difficult Palmetto Golf Club to jump six spots up the leaderboard.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the guys,” Head Coach Mark Guhne said. “It wasn’t their best golf, but they fought and fought today. They knew their backs were against the wall and they got it done.

“This is the best I’ve felt after a round since we won regionals (2012).”

Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) and Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) keyed the charge shooting 68 and 69, respectively. Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) added a plus-three 73, while Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) rounded out the counting cards with a 74.

Robb’s two-under par 68 vaulted him into a tie for fifth at four-over 214. Bunn tied for 17th at 218.

Clemson (854) won the title by two shots over No. 7 Virginia (856). South Carolina was third at 867. Austin Langdale made it a clean sweep for the Tigers winning medalist honors at even-par 210. Derek Bard of Virginia was second, one stroke off the pace.

Chattanooga gave itself a little breathing room as it pertains to the .500 rule. The .500 rule in college golf stipulates that a team has to have a .500 record or better to earn an at large bid to the NCAA Regionals or earn its league’s automatic bid. The Mocs entered 42-50-1 and leave 57-54-1.

“That’s huge because not only did we get above .500, we beat a lot of good teams firming up our ranking as well,” Guhne added.

The fifth-place finish topped four top 100 programs including No. 36 Liberty and No. 51 N.C. State. The Mocs have played in eight straight regionals so taking one off is not something Guhne wants to think about.

“We’ve set a standard,” he concluded. “There is an expectation to win championships and compete in regionals for a chance at the NCAAs. That’s our goal every year.

“We took a big step forward today.”

The Mocs are off until March 22-23 when they tee off at the Linger Longer Invitational. The two-day event begins with 36 holes on Saturday and ends with a final 18 on Sunday the 23rd. Live scoring is available on GoMocs.com.

Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate
March 10-11 – Palmetto Golf Club – Aiken, S.C.

1) Clemson

281-290-283

854 (+14)

2) Virginia

290-287-279

856 (+16)

3) South Carolina

289-290-288

867 (+27)

4) Georgia State

294-291-289

874 (+34)

5) Chattanooga

295-296-284

875 (+35)

6) GRU Augusta

294-295-287

876 (+36)

tie) USC Aiken

295-293-288

876 (+36)

8) Liberty

290-299-288

877 (+37)

9) Maryland

299-294-294

887 (+47)

10) N.C. State

292-296-301

889 (+49)

11) Wofford

297-288-309

894 (+54)

tie) Furman

294-293-307

894 (+54)

13) Elon

298-302-298

898 (+58)

14) Presbyterian

303-296-303

902 (+62)

15) Francis Marion

294-306-307

907 (+67)

16) Akron

296-300-316

912 (+72)

17) Nebraska

296-308-311

915 (+75)

18) Penn

320-316-310

955 (+115)

Mocs

   

T5) Chris Robb

74-72-68

214 (+4)

T17) Davis Bunn

75-70-73

218 (+8)

T45) Liam Johnston

71-79-74

224 (+14)

T45) Ewan Scott

75-80-69

224 (+14)

T76) Stuart Thomas

80-75-80

235 (+25)

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