DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. --- The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team won its second Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship in a row holding off Davidson on Ralston Creek Course. UTC won by two with a total of 884.
The Mocs entered the day with a three-shot lead and quickly added to it. Through six holes, UTC was two under as a team and seven clear of the Wildcats. Holes seven, eight and nine were not good to the Mocs however. The squad was plus five over that stretch seeing its lead shrink to just three.
Chattanooga regrouped. The margin swelled to as many as eight through 12, but Davidson would not go away. Todd Eckstein tallied back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 to propel the Wildcats within four with three holes to play.
It came down to the final group. The Mocs led by two strokes with senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) on 18. His second shot into par five ended up long and in the hazard. Eckstein ended up safely on the green in regulation for Davidson.
Fox’s chip left him with an eight-footer for par. Eckstein was up first and his downhill birdie effort slid by four feet. Fox missed his par effort, but had a short putt for bogey. Eckstein missed for par, but the win was secured for Chattanooga as Fox tapped in his bogey.
Three UTC golfers notched top 10s for the tourney led by Fox who tied for runner-up with Eckstein and UNCG’s Taylor Coalson at one over (217). Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) ended up sixth with his final round 71 providing a four-over par 220 finish. Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) tied for 10th at 224.
College of Charleston’s Josh Lorenzetti is this year’s medalist. His birdie on 17 and par on 18 gave him the two-stroke win. His rounds of 76, 69 and 70 provide a 54-hole total of 215, one-under par. The Wildcats’ Richard Fountain followed the trio at plus one finishing fifth at three over.
Chattanooga shot 296 in its final round which tied for the third lowest round of the day. Furman shot 292 followed by Davidson’s 295. UNCG matched the Mocs effort.
Fox and Robb made the All-SoCon squad. It’s the third such honor for Fox, first for Robb. Elon’s Bill Morningstar was awarded Coach of the Year, while Georgia Southern’s Scott Wolfes nabbed Player of the Year. Lorenzetti and Coalson were co-Freshmen of the Year.
The Mocs now await word of their NCAA Regional site. The announcement is Monday, May 6, at 9 p.m., on NCAA.com.
Southern Conference Championship
April 21-23 – Ralston Creek Course – Daniel Island, S.C.
3) College of Charleston
4) Appalachian State
5) Georgia Southern
10) Western Carolina
T2) Steven Fox
6) Davis Bunn
T10) Chris Robb
20) Liam Johnston
T45) Benni Weilguni