published Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Chattanooga Mocs golfers are now long-shots

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golf team faces the stern fact that it will likely play its final round of the 2011-12 season today.

The Mocs shot an 11-over-par 295 during the second round of the NCAA championship which is being played at the famed Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

UTC finished its second round at 26-over 594. Projections, as of Time Free Press printing time, had the Mocs playing in the morning field of 15 teams with the leading teams playing in the afternoon.

“It’s been a little bit of a struggle, and nobody on our team has played exceptionally well,” UTC senior Stephan Jaeger said. “You can’t afford to play your ‘B’ Game and expect to compete with 30 of the best teams in the country.”

After two rounds, sophomore Chris Robb leads the UTC team at 6-over 148. Senior Stephan Jaeger is at 149, while Steven Fox, Liam Johnston and Davis Bunn are all in at 9-over 151.

“If you’re not 100 percent on, this place is going to take its toll on you,” UTC coach Mark Guhne said. “We haven’t been as sharp as we need to be. But it’s not for a lack of effort.”

The top eight teams after 54 holes advance to match play to determine the national champion.

“The best teams in the country haven’t been able to shoot a lot under par which doesn’t help our chances,” Jaeger said. “Nobody has done it yet. But if everybody on our team can shoot 3- or 4-under, that may get us in to the match-play format.”

Contact David Uchiyama at duchiyama@timesfreepress.com or at 423-757-6484. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/UchiyamaCTFP.

about David Uchiyama...

David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...

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