SOUTHERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: 1987 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2012
2012-13 MEN’S GOLF
MOCS LOOK TO CONTINUE CHAMPIONSHIP RUN
The 2012-13 Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team looks to maintain the momentum built at the end of the 2011-12 season. UTC swept team and individual titles at the Southern Conference Championship and NCAA Bowling Green Regional. The team ran away with the SoCon crown by 19 shots. It then came from behind to best Texas A&M and UCLA in Bowling Green. Back are five who started a minimum of six events. Gone is PING First Team All-American Stephan Jaeger who won medalist at both postseason Steven Fox enters his senior season after winning the United events. States Amateur title in August. “It’s always tough when you lose a player like Jaeger,” said head coach Mark Guhne of the young man who set virtually every school record during his career. “Of course we have a pretty good one coming back to build around.” Guhne is referring to the young man who built on the program’s momentum ending the 2012 season. That’s Steven Fox, 2012 United States Amateur Champion. Possibly the single greatest feat in UTC athletics history. “I could not be happier for, nor prouder of Steven,” Guhne added. “He had a magical week but it is something he built toward over his three years here.” Junior Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) and sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) each started both the SoCon, where Robb was runner-up, and NCAA events. Juniors Benni Weilguni (Lagenlois, Austria) and Davis Bunn also saw postseason action with Weilguni getting the nod at the SoCon Championship and Bunn stepping in for the NCAA run. Senior Alex Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) returns for his final season. Guhne also welcomes a trio of talented freshmen - Wes Gosselin (Knoxville, Tenn.), Michael Monroe (Franklin, Tenn.) and Kory Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.). g g slate ahead of them beginning in Dalton, Ga., That ggroupp of nine have a challenging w with one of the most prestigious eevents in golf, the Carpet Capital CCollegiate Championship. Known aas the “Masters of College Golf”, tthe Carpet Capital annually aattracts an elite field. This year iiss no different with Chattanooga bbeing joined by the likes of fellow NNCAA Championship participants AAlabama, Auburn, Georgia, UNF aand national champion Texas iinn the 15-team field. Clemson, GGeorgia Tech, LSU and Tennessee aare also in the mix. “Our 2008 win here is one of Chris Robb was runner-up to Stephan Jaeger at the SoCon the top moments in my coaching Championship.
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 30mile drive from downtown Chattanooga affording golf fans in the area an excellent opportunity to see this year’s team open the season. 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 Liam Johnston shot 62 this past summer to capture the Tennant us playing our best heading into Cup in Scotland. championship season,” Guhne added. The Mocs defend their SoCon Championship April 21-23 at the Ralston Creek Course in Daniel Island, S.C. NCAA Regionals, another title 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 play. “This year’s as good as any to do that.”