With 18 holes to play, the Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team is in good position at the NCAA Eugene Regional. The Mocs shot 12-over par 292 to move into seventh place, four shots out of a coveted top five finish.
No. 10 Houston and UNF are tied for fifth at 583, four strokes ahead of Chattanooga and four behind No. 22 South Carolina (579) in fourth. East Tennessee State (589) and Tennessee (591) are two and four shots behind the Scenic City five, respectively.
Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) continues to pace the Mocs. He followed his opening round 67 with a team-best 72 (+2) Friday. His one-under par total of 139 is tied for second overall with Zach Foushee (Oregon) and Cameron Wilson (Stanford). The trio is six shots behind Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers at minus seven (133).
Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) and Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) each carded 73’s. Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) ended up one stroke behind that duo with a 74. Wes Gosselin (Knoxville) turned in the drop score with an 83.
It was a solid if unspectacular round. Chattanooga made the turn at +7. That total rose to +13 with the Scottish trip still on the course. Scott birdied the par four eighth before Robb closed out the day with a birdie on nine. After trailing fifth-place by as many as nine during the final nine, the squad made up five of those strokes over the closing holes.
No. 3 Stanford leads the team scoring at two-under 558. The Cardinal is nine clear of No. 15 Oklahoma in second at 567, while host Oregon used an even-par 280 to surge into third at 569.
Saturday’s final round starts at 10:30 a.m., on the 10th tee. The Mocs, ETSU and Tennessee are paired together with Gosselin leading off followed by Bunn (10:41), Scott (10:52), Johnston (11:03) and Robb (11:14). The top five teams and best individual not on an advancing team move on to Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., for the NCAA Championship May 23-28.