Men's preview: No. 24 Chattanooga

Steven Fox is framed by the spectators as he tees of during the morning round of final of the 112th U. S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

Steven Fox is framed by the spectators as he tees of during the morning round of final of the 112th U. S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

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RankNameSchoolRating
1Joey GarberGeorgia  68.61 
2Robby SheltonAlabama  68.62 
3Patrick RodgersStanford  68.67 
4Ollie SchniederjansGA Tech  68.81 
5Cameron WilsonStanford  69.05 

Men's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Alabama 68.92 
2Georgia 69.62 
3Georgia Tech 69.62 
4Oklahoma State 69.72  10 
5California 69.81  11 

In preparation for the upcoming college season, Golfweek is breaking down the rosters of each of its preseason top 30 teams.

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24. Tennessee-Chattanooga

2011-2012 Golfweek rank: 32

Go-to-guy: Steven Fox

Season outlook: Chattanooga’s 2011-12 season was an impressive one. The Mocs never finished outside the top 9 in 10 regular-season tournaments, won a fourth Southern Conference title under head coach Mark Guhne and delivered the program’s first NCAA regional title before matching a school record with its 18th-place finish at the NCAA Championship. The challenge for Guhne and his players now is improving on that performance, especially considering the Mocs lost the most-decorated golfer in program history to graduation. Stephan Jaeger, a first-team All-American, ended his college career holding nearly every major school record, including career victories (four), career stroke average (72.1) and career rounds in the 60s (29).

Still, Chattanooga remains a good bet to get back to the NCAA Championship, thanks to a solid group of returnees led by Steven Fox, the newly crowned 2012 U.S. Amateur champion. The senior was second to Jaeger in stroke average last season (72.9) and posted top-4 finishes at the Southern Conference Championship and NCAA regionals. He also made the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links this summer, and his surprise run to victory at Cherry Hills has to give him confidence for the upcoming college campaign.

Other returnees include juniors Chris Robb (T-2 at Southern Conference Championship) and Benni Weilguni (runner-up at Carpet Capital), plus sophomore Liam Johnston (T-10 at Southern Conference). Kory Webb, a U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier, leads a freshman class that also includes Wes Gosselin and Michael Monroe.

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