WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (April 12, 2015) – The ETSU men’s golf team makes its final tune-up before the Southern Conference Championship this week as the 39th-ranked Buccaneers begin play at the Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational on Monday at The Old White TPC Course at the Greenbrier.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championship, which completed last Sunday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. The Buccaneers carded a team score of 17-over-par 869 (291-288-279) and finished above then-No. 24 SMU, No. 39 Georgia Southern and No. 48 Louisville.
Junior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) – who held the outright lead in Sunday’s final round – finished third at 4-under-par 209 (71-68-70). Meronk, the 18th-ranked golfer via Golfstat, was the clubhouse leader, but Vanderbilt’s Matthias Schwab (No. 44 ranking) and Hunter Stewart (No. 4 ranking) finished strong to earn co-medalist honors at 6-under-par 207.
Senior Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) finished tied for 12th at 3-over-par 216 (71-71-76), while junior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) – who led the Blue and Gold with 12 birdies for the tournament – tied for 21st. Kristjansson moved up 23 spots on the leaderboard after registering a final round score of even-par 71.
The tournament featured eight teams ranked in the top-50 and nine golfers in the top-50.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The teams will play 54 holes – 36 on Monday and 18 on Tuesday – starting with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
The Old White TPC Course at the Greenbrier is a par-70, 7,287-yard layout.
Marshall returns to defend its team title as the Thundering Herd won the tournament by four strokes over tournament host Bowling Green in 2014.
Joining ETSU in the tournament field are Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Elon, James Madison, Loyola-Chicago, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, Old Dominion, Samford, Savannah State and St. Bonaventure.
Joining Meronk, Pugh and Kristjansson is Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland) and Tom Heggarty (Cheshire, England).
ETSU’s lineup features two senior, two juniors and one sophomore.
Freshman Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) will play as an individual for the Buccaneers.
Live scoring of the tournament can be accessed via BirdieFire.
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