CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team hits the road for the final time this fall. It competes at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate on Saturday and Sunday at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.
For one Moc, it is a special place.
“Chris Robb had an outstanding tournament there last year,” Head Coach Mark Guhne said. “He got his second collegiate win which is special. Getting one is difficult enough, but getting multiple ones kind of puts a distinctive mark on your career.”
How special an accomplishment is it? Robb is one of five UTC golfer to win two or more times. He joined a list that includes former teammate Stephan Jaeger (4, 2009-12), Jonathan Hodge (3, 2006-09), Bryce Ledford (3, 2004-07) and Wayne Woolfall (2, 1986-88, ’90).
Chattanooga is coming off its best performance of 2013-14 finishing fourth at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate. The squad shot nine-under par 855 powered by a 15-under second round tally of 273. The 273 is the team’s best single 18 score since posting the same mark on April 4, 2009 in the first round of the Administaff ASU Invite in Augusta, Ga.
The under-par score of minus nine (855) is the first time the team has ended a tournament below par since winning the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional with a -5 total (859). It’s the lowest team total since turning in 855 (+15) winning the 2010 Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate.
“I want to continue the momentum we’ve built over the last five rounds,” Guhne added. “Liam (Johnston) is the star of the last two events. But Ewan (Scott) and Wes (Gosselin) are playing well. I think Chris and Davis (Bunn) are due for a strong finish.”
Junior Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) leads the Mocs into the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. He is averaging 69.67 strokes per round with six straight par or better cards. He’s joined in the lineup by Robb, Davis Bunn (Knoxville), Wes Gosselin (Knoxville) and Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) with freshman Stuart Thomas (Knoxville) playing as an individual. Johnston (T2) and Scott (T8) are both coming off top 10 performances at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate.
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BRIDGESTONE GOLF COLLEGIATE – OCT. 26-27
Chattanooga, Georgia State, High Point, Iowa State, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Carolina, UNCG, N.C. State, Purdue, VCU, Virginia Tech, Washington State, William & Mary
Dates: Oct. 26-27
Location: Greensboro, N.C.
Format: 54 Holes - 36/18
Course: Grandover Resort (Par 72/7,245 yards)
No. of Teams: 14
2012 Champion: Mississippi St., -3, 286-286-289=861
Medalist: Chris Robb, Chatt., -9, 72-66-69=207
LAST TIME OUT
The Mocs posted their best score since 2010 shooting nine-under par 855 finishing fourth at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate. The team shot 293, 273 and 289 for its total led by Liam Johnston who ended up tied for second at -8 (208).
Chattanooga is off until February. The first event is individual only. The Savannah Quarters Individual is February 10-11. A week later, February 17-18, the team tees it up at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.
• This is just the second visit to the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate with last year’s trip to Greensboro. This is the 9th edition. It has been shortened by rain twice.
• Bridgestone Golf Collegiate History:
Year: Team Finish & Scores/Top Individual
2012: 2/289-282-294=865 (+1)/Chris Robb, 1, 72-66-69=207 (-9)
• Chris Robb is the defending medalist. The senior is a two-time collegiate winner (2010 Springhill Suites Collegiate & 2012 Bridgestone Golf Collegiate).
• For the first time this season, UTC’s lineup is the same as the tourney before. There have been four different fives in the first four tournaments.
• The Mocs scoring average after five rounds was 300.20, but it has dropped to 294.00 since. That’s because the team tally is 289.57 strokes per round over the last seven, a total of +11.
• Chattanooga posted its top four rounds over the last four 18’s.
• UTC’s 273 (-15) in the second round of the AutoTrader.com Collegiate is the best score since an identical mark at Forest Hills Golf Club in April 2009 opening the Administaff ASU Invitational.
• UTC has won five of the last seven SoCon titles including 2012 and 2013.
• Liam Johnston made the most of an odd opportunity. The junior failed to qualify for the first three events, but because of the government shutdown requiring Air Force to withdraw from the Brickyard Collegiate, he made the field as an individual. He is -14 since with a 69.67 stroke average. He tied for sixth at the Brickyard and followed with a runner-up at the AutoTrader event.
• All six Johnston rounds played par or better this season.
• Johnston leads the squad in virtually every category (pg. 4) other than pars where he is tied at 11.33 per round with Robb and Wes Gosselin.
• The Mocs are -39 on Par 5s, a 4.80 average on the counting cards. Johnston (4.46), Bunn (4.73) and Robb (4.78) lead the way.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.