CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Chattanooga Mocs head coach Mark
Guhne announced his 2012-13 schedule Monday pending faculty athletics committee
approval. This year's slate opens in Dalton, Ga., and features two other events
in Atlanta offering UTC fans plenty of opportunity to see the
The Mocs are coming off an incredible four-month stretch.
It started with clean sweeps of team and individual (Stephan Jaeger) titles at
the Southern Conference Championship and NCAA Bowling Green Regional. That led
to an 18th-place finish at the NCAA Championship. Jaeger's first team All-American
nod was the first in school history.
The run culminated with senior Steven Fox's
(Hendersonville, Tenn.) win at the United States Amateur at fabled Cherry Hills
Country Club near Denver, Colo. Fox's win brought huge exposure for himself, the program and the school.
But that is now in the past as 2012-13 comes to the
forefront. UTC will look to continue the momentum heading into Guhne's eighth
season at his alma mater.
It begins with one of the most prestigious events in
golf, the Carpet Capital Collegiate Championship. Known as the "Masters of
College Golf", the Carpet Capital annually attracts an elite field. This year
is no different with Chattanooga being joined by the likes of fellow NCAA
Championship participants Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, UNF and national champion Texas
in the 15-team field. Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU and Tennessee are also in the mix.
"Our 2008 win here is one of the top moments in my
coaching career," Guhne noted. "It is such a very special place. Short of NCAA
titles, you can't really top winning the Carpet Capital. Plus our families,
friends and fans can easily come out and join us over the weekend."
The Carpet Capital is played at the Farm in Rocky Face
(Dalton), Ga. It is a 30-mile drive from downtown Chattanooga affording golf
fans in the area an excellent opportunity to see this year's team open the
It doesn't get any easier for the Mocs. The PING/Golfweek
Preview is the following week at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course outside
Atlanta. That's the host site for the NCAA Championship in the spring. Another
star-studded 15-team field awaits with Texas, Alabama, Cal, UCLA, Washington,
Georgia and Georgia Tech among those awaiting Chattanooga. In fact, seven of
the eight teams that earned match play in the 2012 championship are in the tourney.
Next are two familiar events for UTC. The team travels to
the Brickyard Collegiate Oct. 5-7 in Macon, Ga., and the AutoTrader.com
Collegiate Classic Oct. 15-16 in Duluth, Ga. It concludes the fall at the
Bridgestone Golf Collegiate Oct. 27-28 in Greensboro, N.C.
"It is a very aggressive fall schedule," Guhne continued.
"We see the defending national champion (Texas) twice and keep coming across
Alabama, the runner-up last year. But it shows how far along our program has
come and where it is headed."
The spring opens in Texas for the Redstone Collegiate
Championship in the Houston suburb of Humble, Texas. The event is Feb. 22-24 at
Redstone Golf Club.
Chattanooga returns to action in March at the Auburn
Tiger Shootout March 11-12 on the Grand National Lake Course in Auburn. The
Mocs return to the Furman Intercollegiate March 22-24 in Greenville, S.C.
April opens at the Reunion Intercollegiate in Jackson,
Miss., on the first and second. UTC won Ole Miss' tournament in its only other
visit to Reunion Golf and Country Club in 2008. The regular season concludes
April 6-7 in Concord, N.C., for Charlotte's Irish Creek Intercollegiate.
"Those 10 tournaments (fall & spring) are designed to
have us playing our best heading into championship season," Guhne added.
The Mocs will defend their SoCon Championship April 21-23
at the Ralston Creek Course in Daniel Island, S.C. NCAA Regionals, another
title to defense, are May 16-18 at the following sites: Baton Rouge, La. (University
Club), Columbus, Ohio (Scarlet Course), Fayetteville, Ark. (The Blessings G.C.),
Pullman, Wash. (Palouse Ridge G.C.), Tallahassee, Fla. (Golden Eagle C.C.) and
Tempe, Ariz. (Karsten G.C.).
The NCAA Championship is May 28-June 2 at Capital City
Club Crabapple Course. Alpharetta, Ga., will welcome 30 teams and six
individuals for 54 holes of stroke play crowning an individual medalist. The
top eight teams at that point move on the three days of match play to decide
the 2013 Champion.
"Our eyes are always on winning the SoCon Championship
and grabbing a coveted top five spot in regionals to make it to the finals," he
concluded. "From there, we are trying to break down that wall and make match
"This year's as good as any to do that."
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