SEA ISLAND, Ga. (Feb. 2, 2015) – A trio of ETSU men’s golfers put together strong performances this weekend at the Jones Cup Invitational, which concluded Sunday evening at the Ocean Forest Golf Club.
Senior Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) along with juniors Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) and Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) represented the Blue and Gold by posting top-15 finishes at the amateur tournament. Pugh and Meronk both tied for eighth at 5-over-par 221, while Hickman tied for 14th at 7-over-par 223 (75-72-76).
Pugh, who posted scores of 73-74-74, carded the fifth-most birdies on the weekend with nine. Four of Pugh’s nine birdies were registered in Saturday’s second round, while the Buccaneer senior carded three in round one and a pair in Sunday’s final round.
Meanwhile, Meronk – the 14th-ranked golfer by Golfweek – was consistent the majority of the weekend as his 39 pars tied for third among the 84-player field. Meronk entered the final round tied for third following consecutive rounds of 73, but the Buccaneer junior dropped five spots after posting a 3-over 75 on Sunday.
Hickman also began Sunday’s final round inside the top-10; however, moved into a tie for 14th after putting up a 4-over 76 on Sunday. The Centreville, Md. native totaled the third-lowest score in Saturday’s second round at even-par 72 and began the weekend with a 75 on Friday. Hickman’s 4.07 scoring average on the par 4s marked the fifth-lowest average for the tournament.
The average score on the 7,321-yard course this week was 76.35.
Overall, 13 countries were represented in the tournament – United States, England, Wales, Germany, France, Canada, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Poland, Philippines, Netherlands, Ireland and Costa Rica. Of the 84 players, 35 were ranked in the top-100 of the World Amateur Golf rankings, including 14 in the top-25.
Click here for a full recap from Golfweek.
About the Jones Cup Invitational (from jonescupinvitational.com)
The Jones Cup was born from a deep commitment to amateur golf by the A.W. Jones family, who founded the Cloister and Sea Island Golf Club in 1928. The Sea Island Golf Club has played host to seven USGA championships. The Jones Cup is yet another extension of the family's strong involvement in amateur golf.
First contested in 2001, Jones Cup began as an opportunity to celebrate not only the game of golf, but also the camaraderie and fellowship associated with it. This 54-hole individual stroke-play event is played at Ocean Forest Golf Club. The Rees Jones design opened in 1995 and has hosted the 1998 Georgia State Amateur Championship, the 1999 Southern Amateur Championship and the 2001 Walker Cup Match. The Jones Cup brings together many of the finest amateurs from the United States and abroad for this three-day competition. While the golf course proves to be a great venue for this unique event, the Jones Cup's success and popularity can be attributed to the strength of the players who comprise its field. Past participants range from current and future PGA Tour stars Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Jeff Overton, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson and Gary Woodland as well as Past Champions DJ Trahan, Gregg Jones, Nicholas Thompson, Luke List, Kyle Stanley, Patrick Reed and John Peterson.
The Buccaneers open the 2015 spring season on Feb. 22-23 when ETSU heads to San Juan for the Puerto Rico Classic.
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