ETSU finishes just off the lead for second straight year
That was not the case Sunday in the final round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges.
With tournament tiebreaker rules that called for a squad's fifth score to determine a team championship in case of a tie, Virginia Tech posted no score over a 73 and that was enough to break the Hokies' deadlock with
"This is a great tournament and a great win for us," said Virginia Tech head coach Jay Hardwick, whose team finished at 12-under 852 along with UNC. "We've been coming here since 2001 and Coach (Warren) was really great to give us a chance to be a part of this thing back in 2001 when we weren't really that good. To win like this is special for our guys."
Ironically, the Hokies won despite not having to use a score from British Amateur champion Drew Weaver on Sunday. Weaver and teammate Aaron Eckstein both posted 73s on the day, while UNC's Reed Darsie posted the Tar Heels high score at 74.
While the Hokies celebrated their first ever win in the BOT Intercollegiate, the host ETSU Buccaneers are still waiting on their first team championship in their own event. Coming up one stroke short to
"We didn't play particularly well at first, but we certainly played our way back into it at the end," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren. "Our guys did a lot of good things, but we've got to get better."
The Bucs ended the day 1-over for the round and 10-under for the tournament, and were left to realize that a 2-under 286 would have been enough to bring home the title. ETSU's top individual performer, senior Gareth Shaw (
"That's not hard to do. We do it week in and week out," said Shaw, when asked about posting a 2-under score. "It's been frustrating the last two years and I won't have another chance at it, but hopefully the boys will find a way to get it done in the future."
Along with Shaw, the Bucs got a strong effort from freshman Rhys Enoch (
The Bucs will be back in action in their final event of the fall season Oct. 21 at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in