published Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

UTC golfer Chris Robb packing All-America honor back to Scotland

Chris Robb's parents and girlfriend flew across from Scotland to Chattanooga for his graduation from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

They flew home with more luggage than they arrived with -- Robb's luggage.

The UTC golfer has accumulated so much stuff that he needed help getting it all back to Scotland.

"They each left with an extra suitcase of clothes and stuff with the 'Power C' logo and things we got playing golf," Robb said Tuesday. "I'm a bit of a hoarder. I've got too much stuff."

Robb is scheduled to fly home today. He'll be carrying something that doesn't yet have any physical form in the way of a certificate, plaque or trophy -- All-America honors.

Robb tied for 15th as an individual Monday in the NCAA championship tournament at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. He shot a 2-under-par 208 for three rounds. He ended his career by shooting a personal-best 64 and birdied five of the last six holes of the tournament and his college career.

"Those are the kind of days that you dream about as a coach," said Mark Guhne, who walked the final nine holes with his senior. "The way he was playing, no telling what might have happened if he played five more holes."

The next competitive tournament for Robb will be in Great Britian. He plans to play in the British Amateur, the St. Andrew's Links Trophy, the European Amateur, the Scottish Amateur Match-play and a British Open qualifier.

Then, if all goes well, he will turn professional and participate in the European Tour Qualifying School, which could land him on Europe's top tour or the Challenge Tour, which is the European equivalent of the Tour.

But that's assuming he gets all of his valuable belongs back to Scotland.

"I had a smaller TV and I gave it to the guys," Robb said. "I gave a lot away to Goodwill. I threw out a lot of notes, random stuff laying around that I accumulated. I'm really bad at throwing things away."

He won't throw away All-America honors.

"I always wanted to be an All-American," said Robb, who became the third Mocs golfer to earn such honors, following Jonathan Hodge and Stephan Jaeger. "It would have been cool to be first-team.

"Any All-American honor is pretty special."

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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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