Chattanooga, TN–Chattanooga’s golf team brought home its fifth Southern Conference title in convincing fashion Tuesday in Daniel Island S.C., taking the crown by 19 strokes to advance to the NCAA regionals.
Senior Stephan Jaeger, from Munich, Germany, continued his dominance this season by earning the Southern Conference individual title by shooting a (-9) 207 on the weekend and taking an 11-stroke win over second place finisher and teammate Chris Robb of Banchory, Scotland.
With the win, Jaeger tied the mark for the largest margin of victory with former PGA Tour and current Champions Tour player Brad Faxon of Furman, who set his mark in 1983.
He is the second Moc to earn medalist honors in the conference championship. Donnie Green was the first, earning medalist honors in 1978.
Jaeger also received SoCon Player of the Year honors for the third-straight year becoming the only player in the history of the SoCon to do so.
He is also ranked as the 24th best collegiate golfer in the country, according to golfweek.com and is a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award given to the top collegiate golfer in the country. The Mocs are also in the team rankings, sitting in the 36th position this week.
Joining Jaeger on the All-SoCon roster was teammate Stephen Fox, a junior from Hendersonville, Tenn., who earned the second all-conference nomination of his UTC career.
Fox finished his SoCon tournament run with a fourth place finish at (+3). Joining Jaeger, Robb and Fox in the top 10 was Liam Johnston.
The freshman from Dumfries, Scotland, shot a (+4) 220 to finish in a tie for 10th place in his first ever SoCon championship.
Johnston used an eagle on the par 5 third hole to help push him into the top 10.
He followed his eagle with back to back birdies by landing approach shots within a three feet of the pin.
Rounding out the tournament for the Mocs was sophomore Benni Weilguni, from Langelois, Angola, finished in a tie for 27th with a (+10) 226.
UTC shot a (-3) 861 collectively to take the conference title and land 19 shots ahead of second place Georgia Southern.
The Mocs used 141 pars, 38 birdies and one eagle on the weekend to propel them to a convincing victory.
Also receiving Southern Confernce honors was head coach Mark Guhne, who was named Southern Conference coach of the year.
The honor is the fourth of his career and his first since 2008 and his team’s championship victory is also the fourth of his career.
Chattanooga earned the fifth conference title in school history and the first since 2009.
With the win, the Chattanooga Mocs will be advancing to the NCAA Regional for the sixth straight year dating back to 2007.
Before that year, Chattanooga had never advanced to an NCAA Regional in the history of the program.
Chattanooga will have to wait to see where they will head for the NCAA tournament, as NCAA Regional sites will be announced May 7.
The Mocs will look to improve from a ninth place finish out of thirteenth teams in last year’s NCAA Regional match in Erie, Colo, where they shot a (-1) 863.
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