published Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Ex-Moc Robb wins Scottish Am and other sports news

It's been a great summer for Chris Robb after ending his University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golf career with All-America honorable mention. His third tournament triumph since returning to his native Scotland came Saturday in the final match of the 2014 Fairstone Scottish Amateur at Downfield Golf Club. Robb's eighth win in the tournament was 4 and 3 over Graeme Robertson in the 36-hole final with UTC teammate Liam Johnston as his caddie. Robb took a 3-up lead with 10 holes to play after three consecutive birdies, but Robertson trimmed the difference to one before Robb went 4 up with five holes left. "It's obviously awesome," Robb said in a UTC release. "It was a long week at Downfield, but to get a national championship under my belt is a huge accomplishment." His closest match all week was 3 and 1 in the quarterfinals, and the 36-hole final was the only time he played the 18th. He plans to participate in European Tour Qualifying School this fall, but he's got the European Amateur this week with Mocs teammates Johnston and Ewan Scott also in the field.

• Recently graduated Lee University golfer Courtney Shelton from Franklin, Tenn., was the co-runner-up in the 2014 Tennessee Women's Open at Stonehenge Golf Club near Crossville. Two-time Oklahoma first-team All-American Chirapat Jao-Javanil from Metairie, La., won with a 2-under-par 214, and Shelton tied Ashli Bunch from Morristown at 219. Chattanooga's Jordan Britt, who just finished her UTC career, tied for 14th at 230, and Tennessee freshman Blakesly Warren from Chattanooga and Baylor School was 20th at 232. UTC's Sarah Dolmovich from Signal Mountain and 2014 Lee golfer Cori Burns from Goodlettsville shared 24th place at 235. Athens' Whitney Wade Young, Ooltewah's Maddi Everts, Signal Mountain's Lauren Johnson, Ooltewah's Samantha Griffith and Manchester's Jenna Burris shot 236, 237, 237, 239 and 241. Thailand native Jao-Javanil was the NCAA champion in Franklin in 2012 when Alabama's Brooke Pancake from Chattanooga was the runner-up.

Track & Field

• Signal Mountain's Preston Elwell was the javelin silver medalist in the boys' 17-18 age group at the AAU Junior Olympics national track and field meet Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. Elwell's second-place throw covered 176 feet, 11 inches.

Soccer

• The women's soccer team will be the first UTC program to play a game in the 2014-15 school year, and coach J.D. Kyzer's Mocs are scheduled to report to campus Tuesday. They will have team pictures and fitness testing Wednesday and then begin practicing every morning and evening. Their first match is Aug. 22 at UNC Asheville, and their home opener will be Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at Finley Stadium against Tennessee Temple. This will be Kyzer's 15th season at UTC, and returners include the leading scorer from 2013, senior Crystal Mackezyk from Columbia, Tenn. She ranks eighth in scoring in program history and had two game-winning goals last year.

Fishing

• Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker of UNC Charlotte won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series national championship Saturday on Lake Chatuge in northeastern Georgia with a three-day total of 38 pounds, 9 ounces. The tournament was based at Young Harris. As quoted in a B.A.S.S. release, "It's tough fishing out here. ... I've never worked harder in my life," said Whitaker, who grew up two hours from Chatuge and has fished there many times. "We should have more, but I lost two 3-pounders." Second-day leaders Zach Parker and Matt Roberts from Bethel University finished second with 38-1, and duos from Louisiana-Monroe, Tennessee Tech and New Mexico State completed the top five of Saturday finalists. A team from UTC finished 72nd Friday.

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