The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men’s golf program begins atop the collegiate golf world ranked No. 1 on Golfstat and No. 4 on the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index in the first rankings of the year.

“Last year, we won twice to start the year and thought we might win them all,” smiled head coach Mark Guhne. “It is an honor to be ranked there, but with so few tournaments played to this point, there is a lot to shake itself out over the coming events.

“We play against a tough field coming up so we take nothing for granted.”

The Mocs are headed to Bremerton, Washington, for the PING/Golfweek Invitational. The event features 15 of the top teams in the country on a challenging public tract outside of Seattle.

The field for this week is nearly as strong the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic where the Mocs finished second. The PING/Golfweek field includes: Alabama, Arizona State, CHATTANOOGA, Colorado State, Indiana, Kent, LSU, UNLV, New Mexico, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Southern California, Texas A&M, TCU, Washington

The event starts on Sunday, Sept 27, with 36 holes and concludes with a final 18 on Monday. It is being played at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

RANKINGS SUMMARY

Golfstat Top 10: CHATTANOOGA, Washington, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Florida State, UNLV, North Carolina, Arizona State, Auburn, South Carolina.

Golfweek/Sagarin Top 10: Tennessee, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, CHATTANOOGA, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Florida, Florida State and Washington.

Individual rankings (Golfweek/Sagarin): Stephan Jaeger (So.) at No. 7, Fredrik Qvicker (Sr.) at No. 41, Derek Rende (Sr.) at No. 53, Steven Fox (Fr.) at No. 68 and J.T. Clendenin (Sr.) at No. 106.

Head Coach Mark Guhne will be available at 1:15 p.m., this afternoon at the media room in the McKenzie Arena following the weekly football press luncheon with Russ Huesman.

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