TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 12, 2015) – The ETSU men’s golf team is back in action this weekend as the Buccaneers head to the Sunshine state and open play at the Seminole Intercollegiate on Friday morning at the Southwood Golf Course.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU wrapped up play at the General Hackler Championship on Tuesday afternoon as the Blue and Gold placed 12th.
The Bucs were led by junior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) as he led ETSU for the eighth consecutive tournament with a 54-hole score of 5-over-par 221 (70-77-74). Meronk finished tied for 21st.
Meronk and fellow junior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) combined for 15 of ETSU’s 32 birdies for the tournament, while freshman Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) – who was playing as an individual – totaled 39 pars, which tied for the fourth-most of the weekend. Meronk carded eight birdies and Kristjansson posted seven.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The 2015 Seminole Intercollegiate is played at the par-72, 7,172-yard Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee.
The teams will play 54 holes over three days with the champion being crowned on Sunday. The first groups tee off on Friday at 8:30 a.m., from the No. 1 and No. 10 tee boxes.
Mercer won the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate as the Bears defeated host Florida State by six shots, 856-862. South Florida’s Trey Valentine won medalist honors in 2014 and the USF senior returns to defend his title.
The Bucs are playing in the Seminole Intercollegiate for the first time since 2007 when ETSU placed fourth.
Joining ETSU and FSU in the tournament field is Cincinnati, Florida, George Washington, Georgia Tech, Illinois State, Jacksonville, James Madison, Louisville, Mercer, Penn State, South Carolina, South Florida, Troy, Virginia and Western Kentucky.
The field features nine teams ranked in the top-50 of either the Golfweek or Golfstat polls – No. 2 FSU, No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 8 South Carolina (Golfstat), No. 8 South Florida (Golfweek), No. 23 Virginia, No. 36 Florida, No. 39 ETSU, No. 40 Troy, and No. 43 Louisville.
Individually, nine golfers are ranked in the top-50 of either the Golfweek or Golftstate rankings – Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans (No. 2), South Carolina’s Will Starke (No. 21), Florida State’s Rowin Caron (No. 12), Hank Lebioda (No. 15), and Jack Maguire (No. 22), ETSU’s Adrian Meronk (No. 18), USF’s Chase Koepka (No. 34), and Virginia’s Derek Bard (No. 35) and Denny McCarthy (No. 44).
Joining Meronk, Kristjansson and Ratliff in ETSU’s line up is Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) and Tom Heggarty (Cheshire, England).
ETSU’s lineup features one senior, three juniors and a freshman.
The Bucs will be grouped with Florida and Penn State on Friday and tee off from No. 10 at 9:20 a.m.
Live scoring of the tournament can be accessed via Golfstat.
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