UTC signee Ewan Scott (St. Andrews, Scotland) excelled in Australia for his native Scotland and Great Britain in recent events. It started at the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship at Royal Melbourne. Scott finished fifth in the event with a three-under par total of 285.
It was a strong field, and he was the top finisher not from Australia. That included the likes of collegians Garrick Porteous (Tennessee) and Patrick Rodgers (Stanford) who finished a shot behind him. Rodgers is a returning All-American currently ranked No. 5 in the Golfstat collegiate rankings, while Porteous completed his eligibility at UT last spring as a two-time PING All-Southeast Region performer. Scott also topped Cal’s Brandon Hagy, an honorable mention All-American in 2012 who lost to Steven Fox in the U.S. Amateur semis, by 10. Hagy is No. 24 in the country according to Golfstat.
Hagy is the No. 14 player on the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings, while Rodgers checks in at No. 15. Scott is currently No. 401. That would rank third on the current Mocs squad: Fox (18), Chris Robb (256)
He followed that performance teaming with three others to win the Gold Medal at the Aussie Youth Olympic Festival for Great Britain in Sydney. Scott shot eight-under par 280 to finish eighth overall.
Johnston, Fox entered in the Jones Cup
Sophomore Liam Johnston (Dumfries, Scotland) qualified to play in the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational on Monday. Johnston shot 72 and is one of three to advance out of a five-person playoff for the coveted berth. He joins Fox who was exempt. The Jones Cup is January 31-February 3 at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.
Four to play in Savannah Quarters Intercollegiate
Four Mocs student-athletes will tee up at the Savannah Quarters Intercollegiate February 11-12. Juniors Davis Bunn (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Benni Weilguni (Langenlois, Austria) will be joined by freshmen Michael Monroe (Franklin, Tenn.) and Kory Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.) in the two-day event.
The Mocs will use the event as a qualifier with the four playing for two spots in the lineup alongside Fox, Johnston and Chris Robb (Aberdeenshire, Scotland).
Hodge to open 2013 Web.com Tour schedule
Former UTC All-American Jonathan Hodge (2006-09) opens his 2013 Web.com Tour schedule February 21-24. His first three events are in Panama, Colombia and Chile. It starts with the Panama Claro Championship at Panama Golf Club in Panama City, Panama.
Former All-American teammate Stephan Jaeger (2009-12) is going to try his hand with a PGA Tour Monday qualifier at the Phoenix Open in Arizona on January 28. Derek Rende (2007-10) is back on the NGA Tour keeping open the option of qualifying for PGA Tour Canada in April. Keep an eye out for Bryce Ledford (2004-07) and Tripp Harris (2007-10) as well.
Rickett gets first head-coaching position
Former UTC PING All-Region performer Ben Rickett (2006-09) left his post as assistant coach to Mark Guhne for his first head coaching position. He is building the golf programs at nearby Dalton State College in Dalton, Ga., from scratch with the inaugural season starting this fall, 2013-14. Rickett and his wife Shelley, a former standout runner for the UTC track programs, reside in Rocky Face since the couple’s nuptials over the summer.
Guhne looks for good spring performances
The good news about Steven Fox’s participation in PGA Tour events, including the Masters, is that he won’t miss any spring events for the Mocs in his last go-around as a senior. Guhne is expecting a good showing in the spring.
“I think it’s going to be a pretty good spring,” Guhne said. “Benni (Weilguni, a junior) and Michael (Monroe, a freshmen) are both getting a lot better. They were at solid at the four and five spots last semester. If Chris (Robb, a junior) can keep up with what he’s doing; he’s 44th in the country and has already got a win. Liam (Johnston, a sophomore) is playing pretty solid.
“If I can keep my top three playing the way they are and get some help from the other guys, we should be good. I’ve seen a lot of improvement from all of them at the (semester) break. I’m excited.”