CHARLESTON, S.C. — Tennesse-Chattanooga left no doubt on the course Tuesday by shooting the lowest round of the tournament, a seven-under par 281, to win by 19 strokes at the 2012 Southern Conference championship.
The Mocs, who opened the day with a nine-stroke lead on Samford and 11-stroke margin on defending champion Georgia Southern, started out hot on the front nine and never looked back. All four of UTC’s counters were under par on the day, including a three-under 69 from individual champion Stephan Jaeger and a two-under par 70 from Steven Fox.
Jaeger’s victory was one of historic proportions as his nine-under par total of 207 placed him 11 shots ahead of second- place Brannan Hudson ( +2) of Wofford and Chris Robb of Chattanooga. That margin ties for the largest in Southern Conference tournament history with conference legend and former PGA golfer Brad Faxon. Jaeger entered the day with a six-shot lead on the competition and proceeded to shoot the best round of the day and second-best of the tournament, trailing only his own 66 on Sunday.
Chattanooga’s Chris Robb and Wofford’s Brannan Hudson shot up the leaderboard on Tuesday to finish tied for second at two-over par 218. Following in fourth at 219 (+3) was a six-way tie of Elon’s Tanner Norton, Furman’s Austin Reeves, Georgia Southern’s Zach Hartman and Scott Wolfes, Samford’s Casey O’Toole and Chattanooga’s Steven Fox.
In the team competition, Georgia Southern (880, +16) shot one-over on the day, its best round of the week, to rise one spot and finish second.The Eagles have now placed in the top two for four consecutive years.
College of Charleston (882) was at 18-over par for tournament, which was good enough for third place. The Cougars were followed by Wofford (887), Samford (889), Furman (897) and Appalachian State (897) in the fourth through sixth spots, respectively. Elon (905), Davidson (906), Western Carolina (914) and UNCG (917) completed the field.