FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 6, 2014) – Sophomore Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) fired a third-round 5-under-par 66 on Sunday to help propel the ETSU men’s golf team to a sixth-place overall finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
After shooting a 15-over-par 299 during Saturday’s second round, the Bucs regrouped on Sunday with a 2-over-par 286 to help pull into sixth place on the overall team leaderboard.
The catalyst behind this surge for the Blue & Gold was Meronk who tied with individual champion Jack Maguire of Florida State for the best individual round of the Championship with a 66 on Sunday. This stellar round allowed the Poland native to rise from a four-way tie for 32nd following Saturday’s second round, to a three-way tie for ninth to end the tournament. In total, Meronk shot a 1-over-par 214 over three days at the Championship including a first-round 73 and second-round 75.
Meronk was not alone in carding a solid Championship-ending round for ETSU. Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) shot an even 71 on Sunday to pull his tournament total to a 7-over-par 220 and climbed from a tie for 36th going into the final round to a tie for 29th on the overall individual leaderboard following.
In addition, Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) carded a third-round 75 after shooting a team-leading 74 on Saturday which brings his three-day total to a 9-over-par 222; good for a three-way tie for 34th.
Following in the individual standings for the Blue & Gold, Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland) improved upon the previous two days’ 75’s with a 74 on Sunday to pull into a three-way tie for 39th overall in Franklin.
Rounding out the five-man ETSU squad, Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) shot a final round 79 to finish the Championship with a 16-over-par 229.
Alabama came away with the team title with a 12-under-par 272 on Sunday, after a 10-over-par 294 in second-round action on Saturday, to bring its tournament total to a 5-under-par 847. Host Vanderbilt - who was leapfrogged by Alabama - carded a 1-under-par third round to finish runner-up with a 856 (+4), while Louisville rose from fourth-place on Saturday to rounding out the top-three on Sunday with a third-round 283 to brings its Championship total to 865 (+13).
Joining FSU’s Maguire – who shot a three-day 10-under-par 203 – in the individual top three were Louisville’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist and Vanderbilt’s Ben Fogler in a tie for second with 3-under-par 210’s to finish Championship play.
The Bucs will be back in action in two weeks, April 20 – 22, at the 2014 Atlantic Sun Men’s Golf Championship in Braselton, Ga.
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