CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The streak is eight. That’s the consecutive number of years the Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf program has played its way into NCAA Regionals.
“It’s been nerve-wracking week-and-a-half waiting to find out,” Head Coach Mark Guhne stated. “I’m glad we made it in. If we play the way we are capable of playing, it can be a good trip. We’ll go to work right away to prepare to make that happen.”
Chattanooga is one of 13 teams invading Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Eugene Regional. It’s joined by Stanford, Houston, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Baylor, Liberty, Oregon, Tennessee, UNF, East Tennessee State, Wichita State and Northern Colorado along with 10 individuals from around the country.
The three-day, 54-hole event is May 15-17. The top five teams and one individual on a non-advancing team move on to the NCAA Championship. In total, there are 81 teams and 45 singles at six sites vying for the 30 squad and six solo spots in the finals May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Eugene Country Club is ranked in Golf Digest’s top 100 courses in the United States and as one of the top 100 modern courses by Golfweek. It was organized in 1899 and is the second oldest country club in the nation. Robert Trent Jones remodeled the layout in 1990 which plays par 70 at 6,990 yards. It hosted the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship (1959, 1978), U.S. Women’s Amateur (2008), U.S. Men’s Mid-Amateur (1993) and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (2002).
Three Southern Conference teams played their way into the field with Georgia Southern (San Antonio) and UNCG (Auburn) joining the Mocs along with individuals J.T. Poston of Western Carolina and Richard Fountain (Davidson) at the Raleigh site. Mercer (Raleigh) and ETSU (Eugene) join the league in 2014-15 and also made regionals this season.