ROCKY FACE, Ga. – The Chattanooga Mocs moved past Virginia in the final round to finish 13th in the Carpet Capital Collegiate on Sunday. UTC turned in an even-par 288 for a 54-hole total of 892.
Luke Long turned in the Mocs’ first round in the 60s with a 3-under 69. He was supported by Phillip Hickam’s 70, while Will Porter and A.J. Lintunen contributed 74 and 75, respectively. Lake Johnson’s 79 was the drop score.
Long’s round started fast off the 10th tee. Birdies at 11, 14 and 15 sandwiched an eagle on 12 and par at 13. The 5-under start was just the spark the Mocs needed.
A spate of bogeys leveled the crew to a 2-over total through 12 holes. Six birdies over the final six holes got the Mocs to level par for the day. Hickam was big over that stretch. Playing his first 12 at 1-over, he birdied 4, 6 and 7 to reach 2-under.
Long finished tied for 24th at 1-over 217. Hickam tied for 31st at 219. Porter turned in 225, six better than Lintunen’s 231 in his first collegiate action. Johnson shot 236.
Georgia Tech and Alabama dueled to the finish. Each ended up with 850 (-14) totals with the Yellow Jackets claiming the win in a playoff. Auburn was third at 854. All three shot up the leaderboard behind final 18 279s.
Florida’s Alejandro Tosti was the wire-to-wire winner. He turned in 71 in day three for an 11-under 205, two strokes better than Bryson Nimmer from Clemson.
Chattanooga returns to the course in two weeks at the Shoal Creek Invitational in Birmingham. The two-day, 54-hole tourney is played Sept. 25-26 at Shoal Creek Club.