UTC Men's Golf BIO
 Derek Rende
  • Winner of the 2007 Tennessee Open and 2008 Tennessee Amateur
  • Qualified for the 2007 U.S. Amateur
  • Other top individual finishes include 2009 Sunnehanna Amateur (T9), 2009 Dogwood Invitational (T9), 2009 Tennessee Amateur (11) and 2008 Dixie Amateur (T16)
  • Annually plays a top schedule including appearances in the Southern Amateur (2006-present), Sunnehanna Amateur (2008-09), North/South Amateur (2008), Dogwood Invitational (2008-09), Southeastern Amateur (2009) and Dixie Amateur (2008)
  • Headed to the eGolf Professional Tour in the summer of 2010

Derek's 23 rounds in the 60s is a school record...ranks third all-time in scoring average (73.07) in 134 rounds...he is second in par or better rounds with 54 only to Jonathan Hodge's 64 - teammate Fredrik Qvicker is third with 47...third all-time with 134 rounds played behind Hodge (148) and Qvicker (137)...counted in 119 of those 134 rounds or 90.8 percent of the time...fifth in finish percentage defeating 69.8 percent of the 4,011 golfers faced in his four years.

Started in all 12 events...all 34 rounds counted to team score, only player to accomplish the feat this season and just the second Mocs golfer (Matt Brock, 30-30, 2003-04) to do it with more than 30 rounds under their belt...Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar...PING All-Region...All-SoCon and Academic All-SoCon...second on the team with a 73.12 scoring average...five rounds in the 60s and 14 par or better rounds were second on the squad as well...one top 10 with an eighth at Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate shooting 212 (+2)...low 54-hole score of 210 (-6) tying for 14th at Administaff Augusta State Invite...also the location of his low round firing a 67 (-5) in the final round...ranked 17th in the nation with six eagles...second on the squad with 102 birdies and 358 pars...tied for 13th at SunTrust Gator Invitational (215) and tied for 20th at Carpet Capital Collegiate (218)...played 76.1 percent of his holes at par or better...10 rounds with four or more birdies and 10 rounds with 15 par or better holes...carded a spotless 68 (-2) in the opening round of the Gator with two birdies and 16 pars.

Played in 11 of 12 events...Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar...PING All-Region...made his third straight all-conference squad in 2009...ranked No. 116 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index...finished fourth in the SoCon in scoring average (73.13)...three top 10s with two top fives...three top 10s tied Stephan Jaeger for second on the squad behind Ben Rickett...posted two sub-par rounds at the Aldila Scenic City Invitational...was second in birdies with 15 at the SunTrust Gator Invitational shooting three rounds in the 60s in finishing fourth at four-under par, one shot out of the lead...nine of his 12 par/better rounds and all seven in the 60s this season have come in the Spring...came in second at 10-under par at Administaff Augusta State Invitational where he played par or better for 51 of 54 holes...tied for eighth at two under (214) at SoCon Championship...leads squad with seven rounds in the 60s and is tied for second with 12 par/better...SoCon Golfer of the Week for April 1-7...SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week for May 13-19...Academic All-Conference...28 of 32 rounds are counters with his average drop score being 75.

Derek was one of two players (Hodge) to compete in all 13 tournaments for the Mocs...earned PING All-Region honors...repeated on All-SoCon team...ranks second on the squad with a 72.1 scoring average...has five top 10 finishes with a best of third at the VCU Shootout with an eight-under par 208...two of his five top 10's were top five finishes...finished fifth at Cleveland Palmetto Intercollegiate (+4/214)...led squad with 10 rounds in the 60's with a low of 67 at the VCU Shootout...16 of his 37 rounds were par or better...ranked second in the SoCon in scoring average behind Hodge...ranked No. 66 in the Golfstat Cup and No. 74 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings Index...ranked in the top 20 nationally in par 5 scoring (14, 4.66)...accounted to team score in 32 of 37 rounds.

Rende played in 11 of 13 tournaments, one as an individual...Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and All-SoCon...scoring average of 74.1...won the USA Spring Golf Classic shooting 12-under par 204 which included the Mocs low round of the year, a 63 (-9)...finished with four top 10's...had a string of five straight tournaments finishing no lower than tied for 12th...string of five consecutive under-par rounds (-15 overall)...six rounds in the 60's, nine par or better...29 of 31 rounds counted to team score.

Derek was the top-ranked junior in the state of Tennessee and in the top 40 nationally by juniorgolfscoreboard.com...named Best of Preps by the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a junior and senior...tied for medalist honors as a senior at the TSSAA AAA State Championship...region champion as a junior...district and region runner-up as a senior...tied for fourth at the McDonald's Tournament of Champions...helped lead the Trojans to district and region championships over his final three years...was named All-District in basketball three times scoring 1,358 career points...was All-District and All-Region in baseball as a senior.

Born March 10, 1987 in Chattanooga, Tenn....son of Sal and Toni Rende...father played professional baseball (was a fan favorite as a Chattanooga Lookout) and is currently a coach in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system...has a brother, David...in charge of finding Cold Stones when on road trips...criminal justice major.


Year              Rounds      Avg      60's    Par/Better    Top 10's     Best 54-hole

2006-07              31         74.10       1            12                4              204 (-12)

2007-08              37         72.14      10            16                5               208 (-8)

2008-09              32         73.13       7            12                3              206 (-10)

2009-10              34         73.12       5            14                1               210 (-6)

TOTALS            134        73.07      23            54               13             204 (-12)

Year: Senior
Hometown: Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
High School: Soddy-Daisy HS
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