CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men's golf team
closed out the fall campaign strong after a slow start. Chattanooga ended it
with two fourths and a second powered by Chris Robb's (Aberdeenshire, Scotland)
win at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.
Robb's win was his second as a collegian. He ended the
fall leading the squad in several categories including scoring average (71.73).
He tallied seven par or better rounds including four in the 60's.
He is ranked No. 49 on Golfstat and No. 53 in the
Golfweek/Sagarin Performance index. He is not alone in the top 100.
Senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) joins him. The
2012 United States Amateur Champion is No. 80 in Golfweek and No. 87 on
Golfstat. He is the 16th-ranked amateur in the world per the R&A's World
Fox is not packing his bag just yet. He is entered in the
Western Refining All-America Golf Classic November 18-20 in El Paso, Texas. Fox
is representing the U.S., along with Washington's Chris Williams at the 2013
Copa de las Americas at Doral Resort and Spa in Miami January 3-6.
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2012 FALL SEASON WRAP-UP
FALL TOURNEY RECAP
7th of 15 at Carpet Capital Collegiate
15th of 15 at PING/Golfweek Preview
4th of 15 at Brickyard Collegiate
4th of 16 at AutoTrader.com Collegiate
2nd of 13 at Bridgestone Golf Collegiate
Feb. 22-24 at Redstone Collegiate Championship
March 11-12 at Auburn Tiger Shootout
March 22-24 at Furman Intercollegiate
April 1-2 at Reunion Intercollegiate
April 6-7 at Irish Creek Intercollegiate
April 21-23 at SoCon Championship
May 16-18 at NCAA Regional
May 28-June 2 at NCAA Championship (Alpharetta, Ga.)
MARK GUHNE (Chattanooga '84) is in his eighth year as a head coach, all
at Chattanooga. The Mocs have won 16
team titles under his watch, including four SoCon titles and one NCAA Regional.
He has been named SoCon Coach of the Year four times (2006, 2007, 2008 &
2012) and PING East Region Coach of the Year once (2009). He has coached 13 medalists and one U.S.
Amateur Champ (2012 - Steven Fox).
LAST TIME OUT
Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) won his second collegiate title
leading the Mocs to a second-place finish at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.
Robb shot -9 (72-66-69) to win by one over Axel Boasson of Mississippi State.
MSU topped UTC by four for the team crown. Bridgestone Golf Collegiate
The Mocs return to the course February 22-24 at the Redstone Collegiate
Championship in Humble, Texas.
- The Mocs bounced back from a
slow start to the fall finishing fourth twice and closing as runner-up at the
Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.
- The team posted three par or
better rounds in 15 total. The final round 277 (-11) at the Brickyard is tied
for the sixth lowest competitive round in school history. It is also tied for
the second lowest score outside of Chattanooga behind the -15 273 at the 2009
Administaff ASU Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Robb,
Michael Monroe (Franklin, Tenn.) and Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria)
carded three-under par 69s, while Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) added a
- Steven Fox (Hendersonville,
Tenn.) is No. 16 in the world according to the R&A World Amateur Rankings
(11/4/12). He represents the United States at the 2013 Copa de las Americas
January 3-6 at Doral Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla.
- Fox is entered in the Western
Refining All-America Golf Classic November 18-20 at El Paso Country Club in El
Paso, Texas. The 54-hole event features a field of last year's Division I
All-Americans (limit to per team) along with Fox and DII Player of the Year Ben
Taylor (Nova Southeastern). There are 23 total players teeing off in this
year's tourney. Jonathan Hodge (2006-09) is the only other Mocs student-athlete
to play in the event.
- Chattanooga has two top 100
performers. Robb is No. 49 and Fox No. 87 on Golfstat. The Golfweek/Sagarin
Performance Index has Robb at No. 53 and Fox 80th.
- Robb was dominant in his win at
the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. It was his second collegiate iwn and
interestingly enough included the same three scores for the same winning total,
nine-under par 207 (72-66-69). He fired rounds of 66, 69 and 72 winning the
2010 Springhill Suites Collegiate, his second career start.
- Had a career-high three eagles
and 12 birdies at the Bridgestone. He tied his career-best round of 66 on his
- Robb leads the Mocs in stroke
average (71.73), birdies (3.20), fewest others (0.27), par or better rounds
(46.7%), Par 4 Scoring (4.11) and Par 5 Scoring (4.59).
- Fox leads his squad in pars
with 149, 12.42 per round, fewest bogeys (2.83) and par or better holes
- Fox was near flawless in his
runner-up finish at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate. He recorded a career-high 45
pars while also making five birdies playing 50 of 54 holes par or better with
just four bogeys.
- Monroe is the team leader in
Par 3 Scoring (2.97) at minus one for the fall.
- Weilguni leads in eagles per
round (0.33) with three total.
- As a team, UTC is -54 on the
par fives (4.59).
- Fox recorded his 1200th career par at the Bridgestone. He now has 1223
to go with 328 birdies. He's posted 36 rounds with four or more birdies (3 in
2012-13), 54 with 12 or more pars (8), 14 in the 60's (1) and 41 par or better
(5). He has six top fives (1) and 11 total top 10's (2).
- Robb has 31 career cards with
four or more birdies (8) tallied, 29 with 12 or more pars (7), nine in the 60's
(4) and 24 par or better (7). He has three top 10's each time finishing in the
top five including his two wins. He has 10 eagles, 228 birdies and 868 pars in
his two-plus years.
- Johnston is six birdies short
of 100 and 40 birdies shy of 500 for his career. He has seven career rounds of
four or more birdies (3), 16 with 12 or more pars (7) and eight par or better
(4). He has one top 10 (2011 SoCon Champ.).
- Monroe saw his first action of
his collegiate career, while Weilguni made his season debut at the
AutoTrader.com Collegiate. They acquitted themselves well tying for 22nd
shooting two-over par 218 over their 54 holes.
U.S. Amateur Champion Steven Fox missed out on the Brickyard Collegiate.
He spent that weekend representing the United States at the 2012 World Amateur
Team Championship in Antalya, Turkey. Fox is joined on the team by Chris
Williams (Washington) and Justin Thomas (Alabama) with Jim Vernon serving as
captain. The event was shortened to 54 holes due to weather but it did not slow
down the American squad. The USA trio set a 54-hole record shooting 24-under
par 404. Fox finished tied for 10th in a field of 214 firing 71, 68, 69 for a
six-under par 208.
- The opening two events (Carpet Capital Collegiate & PING/Golfweek
Preview) were two of the toughest fields in collegiate golf this season. Both
featured last year's NCAA Championship Finalists, Texas and Alabama. The
Preview had 14 of 15 teams ranked in Golfweek's preseason top 25 including UTC
at No. 24.
- Wins at the Carpet Capital
included three teams ranked in the top 12 at the end of the previous season.
Auburn (by 15 strokes) was No. 8 in 2011-12, while North Florida (4) was No. 10
and Georgia Tech (9) 11th. The Mocs went 3-3 against the SEC, beating the
Tigers, Tennessee and South Carolina, and 2-2 against the ACC topping Tech and
- Beat then-No. 7 Georgia at the
- The Mocs return four of five
starters from last year's NCAA Bowling Green Regional Champion along with two
letterwinners and three strong freshmen from the state of Tennessee. Fox
headlines the group that includes senior Ratliff, juniors Davis Bunn
(Knoxville, Tenn.), Robb and Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) and sophomore
Johnston. First team All-American and four-time PING All-East Region performer
Stephan Jaeger (Munich, Germany) graduated.
- Jaeger, Hodge and Bryce Ledford
(Ooltewah, Tenn.) all advanced to PGA Tour Q School 2nd Stage recently. Jaeger
and Ledford will vie to reach the final stage from Plantation Preserve Golf
Course and Club (Plantation, Fla.), while Hodge is on Redstone Golf Club
Members Course (Humble, Texas). Both sites are 72 holes and played November
- Fox had the big win of the 2012
summer circuit for the Mocs, but he was not alone. Johnston and Robb each won
in their native Scotland. Johnston captured the Tennant Cup at Glasgow Gailes
and Killermont in June. He shot 68-62 over the final 36 holes for a one-shot
win. Robb won the North East Open at Newmachar Golf Club. He shot six-under to
win by five over former Walker Cupper Graham Gordon.
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