Dalton, Ga. (Sept. 27, 2002) -
East Tennessee State's men's golf team had an impressive first round at the Carpet Capitol Collegiate, firing a team total of 284 (-4), the team's lowest round of the season. The Buccaneers' score was good enough for second place after the first round, one stoke ahead of UNLV and two ahead of Clemson. Florida has the first-round lead as the Gators shot a 278 (-10). The Tournament, hosted by Georgia Tech, is being played at the Farm Golf Club on a par 72, 6,906-yard course. The field of 18 teams features 15 squads that are in the latest Precept Top-25 coaches' poll.
Sophomore Marcos Trejos
(San Jose, Costa Rica) led the Bucs with a round of 68 (-4), a score that puts him in fourth place individually, just two shots off the lead. Sophomore Chase Baldwin
(Brandon, Fla.) also had a sub-par round for ETSU, shooting a one-under 71, good for a tie for 13th.
Sophomore Jeremy Hobson
(Thonotosassa, Fla.) and senior James Johnson
(Barbados) also had fine first rounds for ETSU, with Hobson carding a 72 (E) and Johnson a 73 (+1), putting the top four Bucs all within five shots of one another. Sophomore Hamilton Wheeler
(Bowling Green, Ky.) closed out the scoring on the day for the Bucs with a 77 (+5).
The second round of the three round event will be contested tomorrow, with the final round slated for Sunday.
Team Scores ETSU Scores
1. Florida 278 4. Marcos Trejos 68
2. East Tennessee State 284 T13. Chase Baldwin 70
3. UNLV 285 T25. Jeremy Hobson 72
4. Clemson 287 T34. James Johnson 73
5. North Carolina 288 T66. Hamilton Wheeler 77
North Carolina State 288
Wake Forest 288
8. Southern California 292
9. Arizona 294
Augusta State 294
13. Tennessee 295
15. South Carolina 298
16. Auburn 301
17. Georgia Tech 304
18. Purdue 306