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Men's Golf Preview: Golfweek Conference Challenge
Chris Robb and the Chattanooga Mocs are off to Burlington, Iowa and Spirit Hollow Golf Club for the Golfweek Conference Challenge September 25-27.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com

TOURNAMENT FIELD
Arkansas, Ball State, Cal, UC Irvine, CHATTANOOGA, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, Iowa, New Mexico, New Mexico State, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Southeastern Louisiana, Tulsa, Xavier

TOURNAMENT INFO

Dates

Sept. 25-27

Location

Burlington, Iowa

Format

54 Holes - 18 per day

Course

Spirit Hollow Golf Club

Par

72

Yardage

7,360

No. of Teams

15

2010 Champion

Iowa

Scores

268-285-280=833, -31

Medalist

Chris Brant/Vince India, Iowa

Scores

64-75-67/70-66-70=206, -10

LINEUP

NAME

OVERALL AVG

SPRING

Benni Weilguni

70.00

N/A

Stephan Jaeger

71.67

N/A

Steven Fox

73.33

N/A

Chris Robb

74.67

N/A

Liam Johnston

N/A

N/A

TEAM

288.00

N/A

HEAD COACH
MARK GUHNE (Chattanooga '84) is in his seventh year as a head coach, all at Chattanooga.  The Mocs have won 14 team titles under his watch, including three SoCon titles, and he has been named SoCon Coach of the Year three times (2006, 2007, 2008) and PING East Region Coach of the Year once (2009).  He has coached eight medalists including two in 2010-11, Robb (SpringHill Suites Coll.) and Jaeger (LSU Nat'l Invite).

Years

Wins

Losses

Ties

Titles

2005-06

105

56

1

1

2006-07

149

50

2

4

2007-08

158

42

4

5

2008-09

101

77

1

3

2009-10

113

64

1

1

2010-11

107

41

3

0

2011-12

6

5

0

0

Totals

739

335

12

14

LAST TIME OUT
The Mocs finished sixth at the prestigious Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic at the Farm.  UTC shot 287, 287, 290 en route to an even-par total of 864. Benni Weilguni (Langelois, Austria) finished second at six-under 210 with three par or better cards of 72, 67 and 71.

UP NEXT
Chattanooga tees it up for the first time at the Rees Jones Invitational October 3-4.  The tourney is played at Haig Point Golf Club in Daufuskie Island, S.C., and hosted by the University of South Carolina.  The field includes: Chattanooga, South Carolina, Michigan State, Wake Forest, Iowa State, USF, UNC Wilmington, Winthrop, Charleston Southern, Georgia State, Kennesaw State, Liberty and Jacksonville University.

NOTES

  • UTC is in its first Golfweek Conference Challenge on the men's side. The women's team has played in all three such events on their calendar finishing 14th in Colorado (Sept. 19-21).
  • The first two events this season are a handful for the Mocs. The fields for the Carpet Capital Collegiate (12 teams) and Golfweek Conference Challenge (15) include 20 2011 NCAA Regional participants, 10 of which advanced to the NCAA Championship with three (Oklahoma State, Georgia, Georgia Tech) that advanced to match play.
  • Of the 14 opponents in the Golfweek Conference Challenge field, only two were at the Farm earlier this month, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State.
  • UTC has two par better rounds as a team. Individually, Weilguni leads with three.
  • Weilguni had his career-best finish of second at the Carpet Capital Collegiate earlier in September. He tied his career highs for 54-hole total (210) and single round (67). His five under 67 in the second round included an eagle, four birdies and 12 pars with a single blemish (bogey). For the weekend, he had three eagles, 12 birdies and 28 pars paying 43 of 54 holes at par or better. His three eagles are just two fewer than his total of five from 2010-11. It was his fourth career top 10. He enters this week with 14 par or better rounds in one-plus years, four in the 60s.
  • Jaeger was one-under par for the entire 2010-11 season. He played his first 54 holes at one under at the Carpet Capital. He is closing in on his 100th counting round with 95 in 102 total. He's posted 38 straight counters dating back to the opening round (77) of the 2010 SoCon Championship.
  • Jaeger has not had a score higher than bogey since the first round of the LSU National Invite last season. That's a span of 205 holes. He had just seven others in 540 holes last year.
  • Career record watch: Jaeger has 49 par or better rounds which is third all-time behind former teammates Jonathan Hodge (2006-09) with 64 and Derek Rende (2007-10) with 54.
  • Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) is making his first career start for the Mocs. Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) is the odd man out this week as Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) and Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) round out the squad. Fox beat Bunn by two, while Robb topped him by one with a 14-foot putt on the final hole. Johnston won qualifying powered by a 62 in the second round of qualifying.
  • Chattanooga shot an incredible 24-under par on its counting cards on the par fives at the Farm. That's an average of 4.50 on those four holes through three rounds. Weilguni (-8) and Jaeger (-7) combined to shoot 15 under. The high was nine in the final round.
  • UTC head coach Mark Guhne is looking to fine-tune some things for the second tourney of the year. Two things rank high. One is the high counting score. The Mocs counted a 75 in each of its first three rounds. The second is finishing. Chattanooga was 8-under with six holes to play at the Farm dropping eight shots in the final six holes, six in the last three.
  • The Mocs return all five starters from last year's NCAA Regional team along with two letterwinners, while bringing in a top Scottish Junior. Jaeger is a three-time PING All-East Region performer and two-time Southern Conference Golfer of the Year. Junior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) and sophomores Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.), Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) join Weilguni to provide a formidable lineup with plenty of tournament experience. Junior Alex Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) and sophomore McKeehanon Rue (Athens, Tenn.) return to battle for starting spots.
  • The five returning starters combined for two wins and 12 top 10 finishes in 2010-11.
  • Johnston is one of the more heralded newcomers in UTC history. He finished as runner-up at the 2011 Scottish Boys Match Play Championship, 2011 Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship and was No. 2 on the 2010 Scottish Boys Order of Merit.
  • The Mocs are an interesting of regional and international talent. There are four Tennesseans in Bunn (Knoxville), Fox, (Hendersonville), Ratliff (Johnson City) and Rue (Athens). There are two Scots (Robb & Johnston), an Austrian (Weilguni) and a German (Jaeger). Jaeger covers both sides of the pond as he prepped in Chattanooga at the Baylor School.
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