SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (September 10, 2011) – The ETSU men’s golf got its season underway Saturday at the Northern Intercollegiate, but play was halted due to darkness about halfway through the second round.
The tournament, hosted by Northern Illinois and held at Rich Harvest Farms, was scheduled for 36 holes on Saturday, followed by 18 on Sunday, but due to delays to open the day because of fog, teams were only able to get one full round complete. Teams will continue the second round tomorrow before teeing it up for their final round of play.
The Bucs finished the opening round of play in 13th place as a team after an opening round 301. UCF held the team after round one with a team score of 282.
Freshman Scott Gibson (Dumfries, Scotland) led the way for the Bucs with an opening round 1-over-par 72 and was tied for 16th after the opening round.
Spencer Lawson (Raleigh, N.C.) opened with a 75, while freshman Sam Edwards (Bigbury, England) followed with a 76. Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England), who was playing in his first collegiate tournament since last year’s season opener, came in with a 78. Enoch missed the majority of the year due to an injury.
Jose Joia of UCF took the first round individual lead with a 5-under 66.
In addition to the Bucs, the field includes: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Florida, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana, Miami of Ohio, Northern Illinois, Purdue, St. Francis, Toledo, Tulsa, and Virginia Tech. Six teams in the field were ranked in the top-60 at the end of last season according to Golfstat, headlined by No. 7 Illinois.
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.
Live stats of tomorrow’s tournament action will be available at Golfstat.com.
ETSU freshman Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) helped the Great Britain and Ireland squad to an opening day, 7.0 to 5.0 lead over the United States at the Walker Cup. Pugh overcame a three-shot deficit to defeat the No. 3 ranked amateur in the world, Patrick Rodgers, 2&1 in the Saturday singles portion of the match. Pugh, the youngest player in field at 17-year-old, will be in action in both the foursomes’ portion and the singles matches tomorrow. Pugh will face the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, Kelly Kraft, in singles play.
In addition, former Buccaneer Michael Stewart also helped Great Britain & Ireland pick up valuable points by teaming with Tom Lewis to defeat Peter Ulhlein and Harris English, 2&1. Stewart played a tough singles match against the world’s number one ranked amateur, Patrick Cantlay, but Cantlay eventually held on for a 2&1 win.
The Walker Cup is a biennial amateur contest between 10-player teams from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States of America.
For more information on ETSU men’s golf please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.