Departing Chattanooga senior All-American Stephan Jaeger won his first match at the British Amateur 4&3 over Max Orrin Wednesday afternoon at Royal Troon in Scotland but saw his tournament end in the round of 32 when he was defeated by Rory McNamara, 4-up.
Jaeger tied for 15th in stroke play qualifying shooting level par (142). He beat every member of Europe’s Palmer Cup team except Julien Brun (TCU) who clipped Jaeger by a stroke.
Other Mocs in the field were Chris Robb (150), Benni Weilguni (153) and Liam Johnston (156).
Steven Fox and Kory Webb win USGA qualifiers: Rising UTC senior Steven Fox of Hendersonville, Tenn. and incoming freshman Kory Webb of Knoxville won their qualifiers to advance to the United States Amateur Public Links Championship. The event is one of the major amateur events, along with the U.S. Amateur in the nation.
Webb tied with two others for low qualifying score on June 18 at Furman University Golf Club. Webb shot 65-76 for a three-under par 141. He advanced along with College Golf Fellowship’s Korky Kemp and Chris Waters.
Not to be outdone, Fox fired rounds of 68 and 66 for a 10-under par 134 at Harpeth Hills Golf Course in Nashville. Fox won by three shots over Tyler Ekenberg. Another incoming freshman Wes Gosselin of Knoxville is first alternate after finishing tied for third at 140 (-4).
Fox Defending Match Play championship: Fox is having a busy June. He will defend his Tennessee Match Play Championship June 26-29 at Spring Creek Ranch in Collierville, Tenn. Fox has a strong history in the event, having defeated Spencer Provow in 19 holes last year at Tennessee National. He finished in the final four in 2010.
He is the youngest champion in the history of the event. Sixty-four qualifiers play 36 holes of stroke play with top 16 moving on to four rounds of match play to decide the champion.
Monroe playing in Western Junior: Incoming freshman Michael Monroe of Franklin, Tenn. is competing in the 95th Western Junior Championship. This year’s event is played at the Country Club of Florida, June 19-22 (72 holes). Monroe opened with a two-over par 74.
The Western Junior, the oldest national junior tournament in the United States, draws the top junior players from more than 40 states and internationally each year. The field is limited to 156 entrants. Exemptions into the Western Amateur are awarded to the top three finishers and ties. Former champions include Jim Furyk (1987), Hunter Mahan (1999) and Rickie Fowler (2005), while major winners such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Craig Stadler and Corey Pavin are among the many golfers to play in the event.
Competition begins with 18 holes of stroke play. Following a second round of stroke play, the field is cut to the low 70 and ties.