Hannah Orem, Chattanooga, Tenn., — The men’s golf team finished with a disappointing 10th overall this weekend after a promising start at the Carpet Capital Collegiate tournament in Dalton, Tenn.
“For the last two weeks, we’ve been qualifying to determine the starting line up,” head Coach Mark Guhne said. “We finished this past week so we only had a couple days to practice.”
Among the starting line up was senior Liam Johnston, Dumfries, Scotland, sophomores Ewan Scott, St. Andrews, Scotland, Zac Stolz, Sydney, Australia, Wes Gosselin, Knoxville, and freshmen Andrew Weathers, Chattanooga.
Guhne is expecting Weathers to have a great start to his college career and Johnston to lead the team as the only senior.
“I know he’s a little nervous, but he’s a solid player and has played against some of these guys over the summer,” Guhne said about Weathers. “We need Liam to step up and lead us. He’s our captain and our only senior. We are looking at him to lead us. As far as tournament golf, they are ready.”
Dalton, Ga. received bad weather that caused flooding in the area before the team practiced on Thursday.
“The golf course is really wet and we will make adjustments,” Guhne said. “Other than that, the team is in great shape and the greens are perfect.”
Friday, Sept.5 freshman Andrew Weathers led the tournament with 5-under par 67 which placed the Mocs tied for 7th with South Carolina.
Johnston’s performance on Saturday, Sept. 6, of 6-under par 66 boosted the Mocs to a team 282(-6) best and tied Stephan Jaeger’s 2009 school record from the same event.
At the finish on Sunday, Sept. 7, Johnston tied for 10th at 4 under, while Weathers finished tied for 21st at minus one. Sophomore Ewan Scott had tournament-high 41 pars over his 54 holes. He ended up tied for 41st at 3 over (219) after a 2-over 74 today.
Wes Gosselin completed the event in 66th (229), while Zac Stolz finished 68th (231). The Mocs finished 10th overall.
“Am I disappointed in the finish,” Guhne said to gomocs.com. “Yeah, definitely. We were four shots out of the lead and were never a factor today. That was tough to watch. We need to post five solid scores every round, so our drop score average (80.0) is a concern.”
The team plays again Sept. 12 at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate at the University of North Carolina Finley Golf Course.