The year started off with back-to-back wins for the Mocs at the Aldila Scenic City Invitational and the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic. The win at the Carpet Capital was the most prestigious tournament victory in the Mocs history against a stellar field that included No. 2 Georgia, No. 6 Clemson, No. 7 Georgia Tech, No. 8 Florida and No. 10 Alabama, just to name a few. Other top 20 victims included No. 13 South Carolina, No. 15 UCF, No. 17 Tennessee and No. 20 Texas Tech.
Following the win at the Carpet Capital, the Mocs were ranked No. 1 in the country in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index. All-in-all,
The Mocs won three tournaments including their third straight Southern Conference Championship. It was won in exciting fashion as the Mocs final three players on the course, Stephan Jaeger, Fredrik Qvicker and Derek Rende, made up three shots in the final two holes to claim a two-shot win over Georgia Southern.
Rende, Jaeger and Ben Rickett were named to the All-Southern Conference team with Jaeger claiming Freshman of the Year honors. It is the third straight year three or more Mocs earned all-conference.
Rickett had perhaps the most impressive showing of the year with his eighth-place finish at the PING/Golfweek Preview at Inverness Club in September. Against a field only rivaled by the NCAA Finals itself, the senior from
Fellow senior Jonathan Hodge and Jaeger were not far behind in making lasting impressions on 2008-09. Hodge tied for second with
Rende had a spectacular Spring with two good top five finishes. His fourth-place at the SunTrust Gator Invitational was highlighted by three rounds in the 60s playing 54 holes at four-under par 206. At the Administaff Augusta State Invitational, Rende shot a 10-under par 206 to finish second. It was an impressive display as he played par or better on 51 of 54 holes.
Qvicker made his mark at this year’s SoCon Championship tying for second at five under, 211. Qvicker finished his final two holes birdie-par, while his opponent, SoCon Player of the Year Logan Blondell, ended par-bogey to help lead the Mocs to the title. Qvicker also posted the low round of the season, a minus-10 total of 62 at the
The lasting impression for 2008-09, however, came in
The third place finish was a total team effort as all five student-athletes counted to the team score in two of the three rounds. Rende and Rickett counted all three rounds.
A top eight stroke play finish eluded
All-in-all, it was a banner year for the Mocs...one that is just a sign of things to come.