Wear Earns First Southern Conference Honor

Freshman Braedon Wear gave it one tournament. He eased into his Chattanooga Mocs career the first week in Louisiana. He broke out this one earning Southern Conference Golfer of the Week for his impressive performance in the Smoky Mountains.

Wear captured medalist honors at the J.T. Poston Invitational at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. He turned in rounds of 66, 66 and 71 for his 10-under total of 203. That matched the second-lowest 54-hole score in school history with former All-American and current PGA TOUR pro Stephan Jaeger ’12.

It was an impressive display for the freshman from Maryville (Alcoa H.S.). Among his wins was a 5-stroke cushion over South Carolina All-American Ryan Hall who is No. 4 on the PGA TOUR University Velocity Global Ranking who he played alongside in the final round. At this rate, Wear should rocket up that list.

“Extremely proud of Braedon,” Coach Mark Guhne shared. “When I have seniors from other programs who played with him remark how shocked they are he’s a freshman, it says a lot. It was a really good week for our program. We really came together and had a chance to win it.

“We’re excited to build on this performance.”

It’s the first SoCon weekly honor for a Moc in two years. The last was senior Connor Nolan on Sept. 25, 2019.

Chattanooga has a little time before returning to the tee Oct. 10-12 at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. It’s played at the Blackthorne Club in Jonesborough, Tenn.