RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (Feb. 22, 2014) – The ETSU men’s golf team returns to action this weekend as the Bucs begin play in the Puerto Rico Classic on Sunday from the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa’s River Course in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The three-day tournament begins Sunday at 8 a.m. Eastern Time.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
The Blue and Gold are coming off a ninth-place finish two weeks ago in their spring opener at the Sea Best Invitational, which was held PLAYERS Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass.
Sophomores Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) and Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) both tied for 31st at 15-over 231, while ETSU – who tied with host Jacksonville – totaled a team score of 927 (303-311-313).
Meronk registered scores of 76-77-78 for his 231, and Hickman – who played the final seven holes of the tournament at 1-under – went 76-80-75 for the three rounds.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The tournament will be 54 holes, with 18 holes being played on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, beginning at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start.
The event will be played at the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa’s River Course (6,945 yards, Par 72).
Alabama returns to defend its title as the Crimson Tide won by seven strokes over Oklahoma, 831-838.
Former Buccaneer David Christensen tied for the individual title in 1999 at 11-under-par 205.
The tournament is hosted by Purdue University.
Joining ETSU and Purdue in the tournament is Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Oklahoma, SMU, UNC Greensboro, and Virginia Tech.
The 15-team field features 11 teams ranked in the top-50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Alabama is ranked No. 1, Georgia Tech (No. 4), Georgia (No. 6), Oklahoma is ranked 13th, Virginia Tech is 14th, Clemson is 31st, SMU is 32nd, Northwestern is 33rd, Purdue is 43rd, North Carolina is 48th, and Missouri is ranked No. 49.
Individually, 29 of the top 150 players will be competing, including 11 in the top 50, and six in the top 13.
ABOUT THE COURSE
The Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa’s River Course is a par-72, 6,945-yard layout course.
Greg Norman's first Caribbean design rolls 6,945 yards along the Mameyes River, framed by vistas of mountains and sea. Norman preserved native foliage and let the natural terrain determine placement of all holes. Ideal for players of all skill levels, the design features wide fairways, open greens, shallow bunkers and light rough. Typical of Norman's courses, all 18 holes can rate the title of "signature."
(Information provided by www.wyndhamriomar.com)
Joining Meronk and Hickman are Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales), Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland), and Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland).
ETSU’s lineup features one junior, three sophomores and a freshman.
The Bucs are paired with North Carolina and Michigan on Sunday.
Live scoring of the tournament can be accessed via GolfStat.com.
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