UTC Golfer Wes Gosselin Sets Record in Winning Tennessee State Amateur

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(GoMocs.com) JONESBOROUGH, Tenn.—Chattanooga Mocs senior Wes Gosselin started the final round with an 11-shot lead at the 101st Tennessee State Amateur. He finished 12 strokes clear of the field with an 18-under 270 to claim the coveted trophy.

The huge lead brought a lot of different thoughts. From just maintaining the strong game he brought to the Blackthorn Club to not slipping in the shower.

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“(Laughing at the question) You joke, but the shower in our hotel room didn’t have a rubber mat,” Gosselin shared. “Last night, I sort of slipped a little and thought, man be careful.

“To be honest, I’ve never really dealt with that kind of lead. My game plan had been really good, managed myself well all week, so I just tried to play good golf. I didn’t really want to think about what someone else was doing.

“It worked well.”

That’s an understatement. His final round 71 (-1) was the week’s high score for the wire-to-wire winner. He had an eagle and 25 birdies over the 72 holes including 10 birdies in the second round alone.

“It’s really nice to play this well,” he added. “It’s been an up-and-down summer, so it’s great to see it come together. I’ve worked really hard on my ball-striking and putting. It was also a huge week from the mental side.”

Chattanooga coach Mark Guhne added an exclamation point when talking about Wes’ work ethic paying off in the win.

“It’s the reward for a lot of hard work,” Guhne affirmed. “Wes just keeps getting better every day, and it’s because of the way he works on his game. This is just another step in his career that’s in the direction he wants to go.

“He has a future in this game and shows it in the way he works at it which leads to moments like this.”

It’s the eighth TGA win during Guhne’s tenure at UTC, the most for any team in the state. Gosselin joins Thomas Smith (2006), Derek Rende (2008) and Steven Fox (2013) as Amateur Champs. Rende (2007), Bryce Ledford (2009) and Fox (2014) won the Tennessee State Open, while Fox also boasts a Tennessee Match Play title (2011).

“It’s great,” he continued. “We recruit Tennessee players and many of those became the best player in the state. It’s special to see and important to our program.”

Gosselin was not alone as six of his teammates qualified for the event with six making the cut. Lake Johnson and Stuart Thomas tied for 12th, while Brooks Thomas (T29), Andrew Weathers (T33) and Phillip Hickam (T53) rounded out the contingent.

“It was a really good week for UTC golf,” Guhne concluded. “It was really positive with good rounds on a tough golf course. I like the way we look heading into the season.”

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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.