Men's preview: No. 24 Chattanooga
Monday, August 20, 2012
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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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.