Mocs Leap into 5th-Place Finish at Palmetto

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


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

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

1) Clemson


854 (+14)

2) Virginia


856 (+16)

3) South Carolina


867 (+27)

4) Georgia State


874 (+34)

5) Chattanooga


875 (+35)

6) GRU Augusta


876 (+36)

tie) USC Aiken


876 (+36)

8) Liberty


877 (+37)

9) Maryland


887 (+47)

10) N.C. State


889 (+49)

11) Wofford


894 (+54)

tie) Furman


894 (+54)

13) Elon


898 (+58)

14) Presbyterian


902 (+62)

15) Francis Marion


907 (+67)

16) Akron


912 (+72)

17) Nebraska


915 (+75)

18) Penn


955 (+115)



T5) Chris Robb


214 (+4)

T17) Davis Bunn


218 (+8)

T45) Liam Johnston


224 (+14)

T45) Ewan Scott


224 (+14)

T76) Stuart Thomas


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