Mocs Golf Team Treating SoCon Tourney as Must-Win Situation

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Updated: 4/16 11:59 pm
You could argue that the Chattanooga men's golf team has been the top athletic team at UTC in recent years.
They've been to the NCAA tournament seven years in-a-row.
But to keep that streak alive, they'll need a big performance starting Sunday in the SoCon tournament.
  UTC has won five of the last seven SoCon tournaments.
And they may need to make it six of eight to qualify for the NCAA Regionals.
Said head coach Mark Guhne,"We've gone to seven NCAA Championships in-a-row. This is the first year we have been a bubble team. That's what we are right now. If we win, we are definitely in. Outside of third, I don't think there's any chance whatsoever."
Added Mocs golfer Liam Johnston,"I mean you don't really want to think about it. It is kind of added pressure to get the job done, but we know what we need to do."
  Getting off to a good start on day one of the Socon Tournament would be huge.
Said Mocs golfer Davis Bunn,"You can't win on the first day, but you can definitely shoot yourself out of the tournament the first day."
  Coach Guhne hopes one of his veteran players can seize the moment.
"We've got five very good players, but we haven't had anybody really step up. I have talked to my seniors this week, and they need to step up right now."
  Guhne believes a tough schedule, and tough courses will help his guys going to the National Golf Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
At least the Pinehurst lay-out will not be as dangerous as the one the Mocs played in Mexico last month.
Said Guhne,"If you missed the grass, you were in the desert. We were pretty much told not to go in the desert because of the snakes and spiders and everything else that was out there. Our guys were trying really hard to hit it straight."(chuckles)
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