Tennessee senior golfer Jonathan Mount announced that he will take a medical exemption scholarship and not compete for the 2007-08 season.
“We are losing one of the toughest competitors that I have ever coached,” men’s golf coach Jim Kelson said. “In the future, when I think of recruiting a player who possesses a tremendous amount of determination, heart, courage and guts -- I will be thinking of Jonathan Mount.”
During his time at UT, Mount has struggled with injuries that have significantly limited his playing time. He broke a bone in his right hand before the 2003-04 season yet competed in seven tournaments, playing through the pain. He would have surgery in April 2004 and took a redshirt for the 2004-05 season.
During that year, the UT training staff noticed that Mount had a small hole in the bone of his left knee. A lack of symptoms and problems prompted no further action.
In May 2006, Mount began to experience pain in his knee during a practice round for the NCAA East Regional. After trying to play through the pain, he decided to withdraw before competition began. That June he would have surgery to repair his knee.
In his first tournament back since the surgery, Mount bent down to pick up a ball and his knee gave way. That would cause him to miss the rest of the fall 2006 season. After what seemed to be a full recovery, Mount shot a 67 in the first round of the Augusta State Invitational this past April. The next day he would reinjure the knee once again. Mount would not compete for the Vols again during the 2006-07 season.
“It’s been a slow recovering process — my knee is the main concern,” Kingston native Mount said. “I made this decision with the team in mind. It is what needed to be done.
“I am taking it one step at a time. When the time is right, my leg is good enough and I’m ready then I will think about pursuing a pro career.”
Over his career, Mount has many accomplishments including being named All-SEC 2nd team and PING All-Region Team in 2005 along with co-medalist at the 2005 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate. He posted 19 rounds of par or better along with four top-10 finishes in 21 total event in his collegiate career. He finishes with a 73.46 career scoring average, ranking him fourth in UT career average leaders.
Mount continues to pursue his master’s degree in recreation and leisure studies on scholarship at UT.