DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (UTC) -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's golf team and senior Stephan Jaeger ran away with the 2012 Southern Conference Championship on Ralston Creek Course Tuesday.
UTC shot three-under par 861 to win by 19 shots, the largest margin of victory since ETSU won by the same amount at the 2001 event at Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.
Jaeger won by an astounding 11 strokes which ties the SoCon record with Brad Faxon (Furman) in 1983. He is just the second Chattanooga golfer all-time (Donnie Green – 1978) to capture medalist honors.
The Ben Hogan Award candidate and former Baylor School star shot rounds of 66, 72 and 69 for the record win. It's his third collegiate title tying the school record held by Jonathan Hodge (2006-09) and Bryce Ledford (2004-07).
Jaeger also earned SoCon Golfer of the Year for the third straight year. He is the only student-athlete in league history to win the award three times.
It was a great team effort. The Mocs posted four players in the top 10. Chris Robb tied for second at 218, two-over par. Steven Fox tied for fourth at 219 (+3), while Liam Johnston was another shot back tied for 10th at plus four (220).
The team score of 281, seven-under par, today include four cards that were under par. Jaeger's 69 led the way followed by Fox's 70, while Robb and Johnston each fired 71's. Benni Weilguni had the drop with a 75 to end up tied for 27th at 226.
Head Coach Mark Guhne won his fourth SoCon Coach of the Year award. He previously won it in 2006, 2007 and 2008. It's the fourth time he's led his charges to the league title. Jaeger and Fox were named to the all-conference team, the fourth such honor for Jaeger and second for Fox.
The Mocs await the May 7 announcement of their NCAA Regional site. It is the sixth straight regional berth for the program that had not advanced in its history prior to 2007.
Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.
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