ALPHARETTA, Ga. (Oct. 20, 2013) – For the third straight tournament, ETSU junior golfer Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) posted a top-10 finish as the Bucs wrapped up play at the United States Collegiate Championship on Sunday afternoon from The Golf Club of Georgia – Lakeside Course.
Playing in one the most difficult and prestigious tournaments, Pugh shot a 73 in Sunday’s final round and finished tied for 10th at 3-under-par 213 (69-71-73). Pugh’s finish marked ETSU’s best individual placing at the USCC – which is often referred to as “the Masters of college golf” – since Rhys Enoch tied for ninth in 2009. Despite carding a pair of double-bogeys in the round, Pugh managed to finish 1-over by registering four birdies on the day.
After entering the final round with a one-shot lead, Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans held on for the individual title by firing a 1-under 71 on Sunday and won the tournament by four strokes. Schniederjans, the sixth-ranked golfer according to Golfweek, recorded a three-round score of 10-under-par 206, while Virginia’s Ben Rusch placed second at 6-under.
With Schniederjans capturing the individual crown, No. 3-ranked Georgia Tech was looking to make it a clean sweep and repeat as tournament champion. However, Oklahoma State began the day with a one-shot lead over the Yellow Jackets, and the seventh-ranked Cowboys held on for a one-stroke victory. Both Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech shot 4-under in the final round, and the Cowboys won their first-ever USCC team title with a score of 15-under 849.
As a team, ETSU tied for 11th with No. 24 Auburn. The Bucs recorded a team score of 14-over 878 (294-290-294), and placed higher than No. 18 Kent State and No. 21 Clemson. Sophomore Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) posted the lowest score for the Bucs on Sunday by going 1-under 71. Meronk, who birdied his final hole, finished the tournament in a tie for 32nd at 2-over-par 218 (75-72-71).
The Bucs wrap up their fall season in two weeks as ETSU heads to Kauai, Hawaii for the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, which begins Monday, Nov. 4.
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