The Chattanooga Mocs got off to a promising start but struggled over the final six holes to shoot an opening round 305 at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. UTC is 13th with 36 holes to play, two behind Ball State and five shy of LSU and Florida Gulf Coast.
Chattanooga was in great position through 12 holes at Spirit Hollow Golf Course. The squad was at three-over par, but it played the last six at plus-14 to slip down the leaderboard.
“It was a disappointing end to a pretty good start,” Head Coach Mark Guhne said. “We were in really good shape and just didn’t finish off the round. We’re better than we showed today. I know they know that and are looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow to prove it.”
Freshman Chattanooga native Brooks Thomas posted a steady two-over par 74 to lead the Mocs. He had 14 pars on his card balanced with one birdie and three bogeys. He’s tied for 28th, five strokes behind Ball State’s Tyler Merkel in the lead at 69 (-3).
Two shots separated the final three counting scores. Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) had a 76 followed by Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) at 77 and Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) with a 78. Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) had the drop score with an 81.
Houston is the early leader after a one-over par 289. The Cougars lead Oklahoma and New Mexico in second at 290, while Virginia Tech is fourth at 292.
Tomorrow’s second round starts at 10:45 a.m., Eastern time for the Mocs. Chattanooga opens play on No. 10 with Bunn starting off with Robb (10:54), Scott (11:03), Weilguni (11:12) and Thomas (11:21) following. UTC is paired with Louisiana Tech and Texas State. Click the link above to access live scoring over the final 36 holes and follow @GoMocsMGLF on Twitter for updates.