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CHATTANOOGA—The Chattanooga Mocs open the 2019-20 men’s golf season in a familiar place. They’d like to end it in one as well with a return to NCAA postseason. But first things first, the Mocs get underway in just 25 days.
The squad opens at the prestigious Carpet Capital Collegiate. The “Masters of College Golf” is the annual opener in nearby Rocky Face, Ga. The Mocs take on a fantastic field on the Farm Sept. 6-8. The weekend is a free look at some of the top college teams in the country with Chattanooga winning in 2008 and claiming second in 2009.
That’s followed by nine regular season events leading into the Southern Conference Championships April 19-21. The league moves to Reynolds Lake Oconee Resort’s Oconee Course after a long run at Pinehurst No. 9 (2014-19).
The squad is going nationwide with tourneys from sea to shining sea. From Kiawah Island off the South Carolina coast to northern California. There are 10 tests preparing for exam season as the Mocs look for their first SoCon title since 2013 while also returning to NCAA postseason play May 18-20 with six region sites qualifying for the NCAA Championships May 29-June 3 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“Every year I probably say the same thing,” Coach Mark Guhne stated. “We design the schedule to challenge our guys and prepare them for postseason play. That’s our focus. There are five tournaments in the fall and another five in the spring. Over the course of those 10 events, we have a good idea who will be ready to get back on top of the SoCon leaderboard.
“Getting back to the NCAA postseason is a primary goal. This group is more than capable of making that happen.”
Here is an event-by-event breakdown with notes.
Carpet Capital Collegiate
Sept. 6-8 | The Farm | Dalton, Ga. | Hosted by Georgia Tech
- Called the “Masters of Collegiate Golf”, the Carpet Capital is one of the premier events on the national collegiate scene.
- 11th appearance – Best finishes: 1 win (2008), 1 runner-up (2009).
- 11 former CCC champions later won on the PGA TOUR: Stewart Cink (1995), Tim Clark (1996), Lucas Glover (1998), Bryce Glover (1998-99), D.J. Trahan (2001), Bill Haas (2002), Troy Matteson (2002), Chris Kirk (2006), Chesson Hadley (2007), Kyle Stanley (2008) and Justin Thomas (2011). Jordan Spieth was runner-up in the 2012 event. All-in-all, the Carpet Capital has seen 60 future PGA TOUR winners compete at the Farm including Tiger Woods (Stanford), Jim Furyk (Arizona), David Duval (Georgia Tech) Bubba Watson (Georgia) and Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech).
Sept. 23-24 | Greystone C.C. | Birmingham, Ala. | Hosted by UAB
- 1st appearance – Best finish: n/a.
Alister Mackenzie Invitational
Oct. 7-8 | Meadow Club | Fairfax, Calif. | Hosted by Cal
- 1st appearance – Best finish: n.a.
- Last trip to California was the 2012 NCAA Championships at famed Riviera C.C.
Oct. 27-28 | Grandover Resort | Greensboro, N.C. | Hosted by UNCG
- Formerly Bridgestone Golf Collegiate
- 6th appearance – Best finishes: Runner-up (2012, 2013).
East Bay Deli Classic
Nov. 3-5 | Kiawah Island Resort | Kiawah Island, S.C. | Hosted by Charleston Southern
- 2nd appearance – Best finish: 3rd (2017).
Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate
Feb. 10-11 | Magnolia Grove Crossings Course | Mobile, Ala. | Hosted by South Alabama
- 6th appearance – Best finish: 1st (2007). Two individual wins: Derek Rende (2007) & Wes Gosselin (2017).
- Earliest spring start on record. The 2019 UNCG Martin Downs Collegiate also began on Feb. 10 last season but ended on the 12th.
Feb. 22-23 | Southwood G.C. | Tallahassee, Fla. | Hosted by Florida State
- 4th appearance – Best finishes: 8th (1995).
March 8-10 | Grand National Lake Course | Opelika, Ala. | Hosted by Auburn
- 5th appearance – Best finish: 5th (2013).
Linger Longer Invitational
March 20-22 | Reynolds Lake Oconee – Great Waters Course | Greensboro, Ga. | Hosted by Mercer & Kennesaw State
- 9th appearance – Best finish: 2nd (2011).
Old Waverly Collegiate
April 15-16 | Old Waverly Club | West Point, Miss. | Hosted by Mississippi State
- 7th appearance – Best finishes: 5th (2014).
Southern Conference Championships
April 21-23 | Reynolds Lake Oconee – Oconee Course | Greensboro, Ga. | Hosted by SoCon
- 43nd appearance
- SoCon Team Championships: 1987, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013.
- SoCon Medalists: Donnie Green (1978), Stephan Jaeger (2012).
May 18-20 | Site TBD
- Eight appearances from 2007-14.
- Captured the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regionals title as a team along with medalist honors for Stephan Jaeger.
- Also advanced through the 2009 NCAA South Central Regionals finishing third at Karsten Creek Club (Oklahoma State).
- Neil Connolly (1993 NCAA East) and Chris Robb (2014 NCAA Eugene) advanced as individuals.
- Individual Top 5s: Neil Connolly (T5, 1993 East), Stephan Jaeger (1st, 2012 Bowling Green), Steven Fox (T3, 2012 Bowling Green) & Chris Robb (T4, 2014 Eugene in a playoff).
- Potential sites: AU Club (Auburn, Ala.), The Cliffs at Keowee Falls (Salem, S.C.), University Club (Baton Rouge, La.), Jimmie Austin OU G.C. (Norman, Okla.), Eagle Eye (Bath, Mich.), Farms G.C. (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) & The Harvester Golf Club (Rhodes, Iowa).
May 29-June 3 | Grayhawk G.C. | Scottsdale, Ariz. | Hosted by Arizona State
- Two-time NCAA Championships qualifier as a team, twice with individuals.
- Best team finish: 18th (2009, 2012).
- Best individual finish: T15th, Chris Robb, 2014.
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