(Photo Credit: GoMocs.com) Rising sophomore dropped 2&1 match despite playing 5-under par through 17 holes
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---Rising sophomore Zac Stolz fell just short in his run at the Tennessee Match Play Championship. He lost in the championship match 2&1 to UT Martin senior Brendon Caballero. Stolz reached the final on Sunday morning with a 4&3 win over former Memphis standout Matt Cooper.
Caballero won the first hole. Stolz leveled it on five and took a 1up lead on seven with an eagle on top of a birdie by his opponent. It was squared again on 10 by Caballero. The duo split on holes 14 and 15 before heading to 16 all square.
Caballero dropped a 50’ for birdie just before Stolz’s seven-footer slid by to fall behind by a hole. Stolz reached the par five 17th in two, but he was victim of another long putt of 40’ for birdie. His 10’ caught the lip but stayed out to end the match.
“I feel really good,” Stolz said. “I played the best today that I did through the week. The putts on the back nine just didn’t go in, and he made everything. I did pretty much everything I could.
“I’ve played well all summer,” he continued. “Everything is coming together. In the other events, one little thing whether it was my putting or chipping or whatever was a little off. This week I played really well all the way around.
“It gives me a lot of confidence heading into our season…I’m really looking forward to it.”
He got to the final day in exciting fashion. He cruised through his morning match with a 4&2 win over Tennessee Tech’s Mitch Thomas. That was followed by a strong performance against mid-amateur Craig Smith. Stolz led 1up heading into the par 5 17th. He knocked his second shot to 15’ feet from the hole draining the eagle putt for the 2&1 triumph.
It was a good week from the start. He opened the 36 stroke play qualifying with a 4-under par 68. Then he shot the round of the day Friday with a 7-under 65. His 11-under total of 133 was second only to Brendon Caballero’s 131.
Eight Mocs are in action beginning Monday, July 28. Stolz is joined by Wes Gosselin, Brooks Thomas, Stuart Thomas, Andrew Weathers and Kory Webb at the Choo Choo Invitational in the Scenic City. The six tackle Council Fire Golf Club and a top amateur field for the three-day, 54-hole event.
All-American Chris Robb, Liam Johnston and Ewan Scott tee off at the Fairstone Scottish Amateur. The trio take on the 128-player match play tournament played Monday through Saturday, August 2 at Downfield Golf Club.GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page or on Twitter. Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.