Mocs Golfer Chris Robb Ends College Career in Style at NCAA Championships

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HUTCHINSON, Kan.— Chris Robb saved his best for last. He shot a career-best 64 (-6) in the final round of his collegiate career at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club. That pushed him 60 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 15th which earns Golf Coaches Association of America All-America honors.

Robb completed the last 11 holes this morning after play was suspended by yet another weather delay Sunday evening. He was -1 for his last 18 when he started Monday and parred his next five holes through 13. That’s when the fireworks started.

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He birdied the par four 14th and par three 15th to get to -3. After a par on 16, he closed out with three straight birdies for his -6 total. That gave him a 54-hole score of 208, -2.

Robb was tied for 75th when the final round began. He ended up tied for 15th to earn All-American status.

“Nothing was really different today except the putts were rolling in,” Robb said. “It was great to see them start to drop. I let myself get a little frustrated yesterday, but I just came out this morning and took a fresh start to it.”

Robb is just the second individual at Chattanooga to qualify for the NCAA Championship joining Neil Connolly in 1993. He joins Stephan Jaeger as the only Mocs to play in two NCAA Championships.

The 2013-14 season is over for the Mocs. The team returns to action in September return eight of 11 student-athletes as Robb, Davis Bunn and Benni Weilguni graduated in May. The trio was a part of three Southern Conference Championship squads, an NCAA Regional Champion (2012), made four regional appearances and participated in two NCAA Championships.

For his part, Robb took full advantage of his final collegiate opportunity. He was thoughtful when asked about the five birdies over the final six holes.

“It was a fantastic way to finish a collegiate career,” he added. “It’s bittersweet I suppose. Chattanooga has been awesome to me, and I’ve loved it. I’m sure I’ll be back at some point. I couldn’t have asked for a better finish other than I would like to have won.

“As far as a single round, it was a fantastic way to end.”

Stanford’s Cameron Wilson won the individual title in a playoff over Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans. The duo tied at 204. Wilson won it with a birdie on the par five 17th, the third playoff hole.

Wilson’s Cardinal led the stroke play team leaderboard at -13 (827). Stanford is joined in advancing to match play by Alabama (836), LSU (836), Oklahoma State (840), Georgia Tech (841), UCLA (844), SMU (845) and Illinois (845).

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.