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Mocs shoot best team round since 2013, eighth at Palmetto

Stuart Thomas tied the low 18 of the season with his second round 66 for the Chattanooga Mocs at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. (Image: GoMocs.com)

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team is in eighth-place after the first 36 holes of the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate. The first 18 holes was a rough start with a 295, but the Mocs shaved 20 strokes off that total with an afternoon 275.

Wes Gosselin leads the way tied for 12th at 1 under. He started with a 70 before turning in 69 on his second card. Stuart Thomas is tied for 19th at 2 over, while Lake Johnson (143) is another stroke back tied for 22nd. Phillip Hickam (147) and Brooks Thomas (150) rounded out the scoring.

Just four shots separate fourth-place South Carolina (566) and the Mocs in eighth. Third-ranked Virginia leads at 17 under, three ahead of No. 16 Clemson at -14.

The final round is a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Mocs are paired with Coastal Carolina and Liberty opening on holes 7-9. Click the links above for live scoring and pairings.

Round 1

It wasn’t the start Coach Mark Guhne and his charges were looking for turning in 15-over par 295. Gosselin had the low 18 with a level par 70. Phillip Hickam (74), Lake Johnson (75) and Stuart Thomas (76) rounded out the team score.

Clemson had the low team round with an 11-under 269.

Round 2

It was a different team on the course for round two. Stuart Thomas fired six birdies tying the low individual round of the year with a 4-under 66. Johnson (68) and Gosselin (69) also broke par with Brooks Thomas adding 72. The tally was the lowest of the season for the Mocs and the best in seven entries in the event.

Quotable

“It was a great effort by our guys. The start was tough, but man did they fight back in the afternoon. That’s the mark of a good team. We’re getting low scores from multiple people.” – Coach Mark Guhne.

Scoring

It’s the lowest team score since shooting 273 (-15) in the second round of the 2013 AutoTrader.com Collegiate. That was also a 36-hole day where the squad improved 20 strokes from the first to second rounds.

Statistical Leaders

  • Eagles (Team: 0): N/A.
  • Birdies (27): Hickam 10.
  • Par 3 Scoring (+1): Hickam/B. Thomas -1.
  • Par 4 Scoring (+14): Gosselin E
  • Par 5 Scoring (-5): Gosselin/S. Thomas/Hickam -2.

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