CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Chattanooga Mocs rising senior Steven Fox (Hendersonville, Tenn.) shot his second straight 71 for an even-par 142 to qualify for match play at the United States Amateur Public Links at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah. Fox tied for 20th in medal play falling inside the magic top 64 number.
Incoming freshman Kory Webb (Knoxville, Tenn.) just missed the cut at plus six, 148. Webb's seven-footer for par on his final hole, the ninth, just missed to cap today's 75 (+4). Despite falling short, his performance winning his qualifier and pushing for match play bodes well for his future with the Mocs.
"Fox is a contender," said head coach Mark Guhne. "When you get to match play, everyone is dangerous, but he is tough to play. Not only is he talented, but his luck is uncanny. Our guys call it getting 'Foxed'.
"I'm disappointed for Kory," Guhne continued. "But his play this summer should be building his confidence."
Fox was plus two on his round with three holes to play. He birdied 16 and 18 to get back to even. Webb got off to a rough start and needed birdie on his 18th hole to solidify his chances to advance. It was not meant to be as his aforementioned par put slid by to put him tied for 77th.
Fox starts match play Wednesday. There are six rounds to be played over four days culminating with a 36-hole final on Saturday. Scores and pairings can be found at the USGA's website: http://www.usga.org/ChampEventSite.aspx?id=17179869204. Click on scoring and stats for live updates.GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs, or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/GoMocs. Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.