Late in the summer of 2006, Germany native Stephan Jaeger ’08 landed in Chattanooga where he would be a new boarding student and member of the golf team at Baylor School. He left the airport and went directly to the Honors Course, one of the toughest golf courses in the southeast, to join the Baylor team there. Brand new to the country, feeling quite a bit of jet lag, and playing the game in yards instead of meters for the first time ever, Jaeger shot a perfect par 72.
Over the next two years, Jaeger would take his place as part of the Baylor golf dynasty, helping the Raiders to two of their 17 state championships with the 2006 team setting, and still holding, the TSSAA record for the lowest 18-hole score at the state championship.
Jaeger’s game continued to improve during his years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he set school records for wins (4), career scoring average (72.10), par or better rounds (69), rounds in the 60s (29), and finish percentage (78.5%). He was a three-time Southern Conference Player of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012), a first team PING All-American (2012), and second team Golfweek All-American (2012). He had two collegiate tournament wins his junior year, taking the 2011 LSU National Invitational and the 2011 Golfweek Conference Challenge, and added two huge victories in 2012, winning the Southern Conference championship and the NCAA Bowling Green Regional. Jaeger was the first UTC golfer to win an NCAA postseason event and only the second Moc to win the Southern Conference title. He posted 15 top-five finishes at Chattanooga while maintaining Dean’s List status all four years.
After graduating with a degree in psychology, Jaeger turned professional in 2012, joining the Web.com Tour in 2013. He made history in 2016, firing a first round score of 58 and winning his first Web.com Tour event with a record 72-hole score of 250, an amazing 30 strokes under par, at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California. The round of 58 that included 12 birdies and six pars was the first in the Web.com Tour’s history and is the first 58 in a sanctioned event on the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour, European Tour or PGA Tour Champions. He enjoyed three other Web.com Tour victories, winning the BMW Charity Pro-Am and the Rust-Oleum Championship in 2017 and the 2018 Knoxville Open.
Jaeger earned a place on the PGA Tour in 2018 by virtue of a 12th place finish on the 2017 Web.com Tour priority list. He finished the 2018 regular season ranked 165th in the FedEx Cup rankings.
Jaeger continues to live in Chattanooga and is engaged to be married to Shelby Ann Garren in November 2018.