SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (September 11, 2011) – The ETSU men’s golf concluded its season opening tournament Sunday at the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms.
The tournament, hosted by Northern Illinois, was scheduled for 36 holes on Saturday, followed by 18 on Sunday, but due to delays on Saturday, teams were only able to get one full round complete. Teams concluded the second round this morning before closing the tournament this afternoon.
The Bucs finished the tournament in 12th place as a team after posting rounds of 308 and 310 today. UCF (870) earned the wire-to-wire victory as they finished 10 shots clear of second place Tulsa (880). Indiana finished in third place at 888.
Senior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) led the way for the Bucs with by finishing tied for 20th at 11-over (78-75-71—224). Enoch fired a solid even-par final round that included three birdies and three bogeys.
Brad Schneider of UCF and Tyler Merkel of Ball State shared the individual title as both players fired 1-under-par totals for the tournament. Tyler Duncan of Purdue and Mikey Moyers of Virginia Tech finished just one shot back at even-par.
Freshman Scott Gibson (Dumfries, Scotland) finished his first collegiate tournament tied for 25th at 227 (+14). Spencer Lawson (Raleigh, N.C.) tied for 66th (237), while freshman Sam Edwards (Bigbury, England) followed by tying for 70th (239). Tom Heggerty (Cheshire, England), also playing in his first career collegiate tournament, finished in 75th to round out the ETSU team scoring.
Rich Harvest Farms is a par-72 and plays 7,656 yards from the back tees. The venue was listed among The Rolex World's Top 1000 Golf Courses and has earned multiple Golf Digest awards in the past decade. Rich Harvest Farms, which will host the MAC Championships this spring, will play to 6,900 yards Saturday and approximately 7,400 yards Sunday.
ETSU freshman Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) helped the Great Britain and Ireland squad to a 14-12 victory over the United States at the Walker Cup on Sunday. Pugh, the youngest competitor on either side at 17, was a perfect 3-0 for the event. After earning a big singles win on Saturday, Pugh opened Sunday foursomes with James Byrne as the duo made quick work of Patrick Cantlay and Chris Williams, 5 and 3. Cantlay is currently the world’s number one ranked amateur.
Later in the day, Pugh earned an impressive 2 and 1 victory over the reigning U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft.
In addition, former Buccaneer Michael Stewart also helped Great Britain & Ireland pick up valuable points by teaming with Tom Lewis to halve their match against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Rodgers. Stewart later defeated Rodgers 3 and 2 in singles play.
The Walker Cup is a biennial amateur contest between 10-player teams from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States of America.
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