BRADENTON, Fla. (June 1, 2015) – ETSU junior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) wrapped up play at the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship on Monday morning at Concession Golf Club.
Kristjansson, who was playing in his first NCAA Championship and registered the first-ever hole-in-one of his career during Friday’s opening round, finished with a 54-hole score of 10-over-par 226 (78-72-76), placing him in a tie for 79th.
With third round play suspended late Sunday night, Kristjansson concluded play Monday morning as he recorded a third round score of 4-over 76. Kristjansson was 3-over through 13 holes when play was halted and parred eight of his final nine holes to end the round.
The top nine individuals from a non-advancing team qualified for Monday’s final round. The cutline was set at 2-over-par after 54-holes of play.
Despite not making the cut to advance into Monday’s final round, playing in the NCAA Championship and being the first Buccaneer since Rhys Enoch (2010) to do so was a rewarding experience for Kristjansson.
“This was a great tournament and an amazing experience to play against the best competition” said Kristjansson. “I wish my teammates were here to compete for a title, but hopefully if we do make it next year, this will be a valuable experience for everyone. I will tell our guys about the experience I had. Being here makes me want to get back again. Hopefully, I can share this with my teammates a year from now.”
Not only was Kristjansson playing against the best players, but he also said it was a well-run tournament.
“They (the NCAA and South Florida) put on a first-class championship,” Kristjansson said. “It’s amazing how strong the field was and it’s rewarding to be around that type of competition.”
Head coach Fred Warren also talked about how valuable this tournament was for Kristjansson, while commenting on ETSU's success in 2014-15.
“Overall, this was a great experience for Gudmundur,” said head coach Fred Warren. “It was the first time in a few years that we had someone play in the NCAA Championships, so it was good to have Gudmundur represent ETSU and our program on this level.
“As a team, I am proud of the season we had. We return a lot of our top players next year and hopefully we can build off this success. Our expectations should be elevated when the guys return to campus in the fall.”
Kristjansson capped off a solid season, which included a pair of tournament wins, tying ETSU’s single-round record and recording the lowest 54-hole score in program history. Kristjansson’s two wins came at the Seminole Intercollegiate and The Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational, while his 9-under-par 63 not only tied ETSU’s single-round record, but it also set the new course record at Southwood Golf Course in the opening round of the Seminole Intercollegiate. The tournament marked Kristjansson’s first-ever collegiate tournament win as he finished with a 54-hole score of 17-under-par 199.
As a team, ETSU won three tournaments – including the Southern Conference Championship – and posted eight top-five finishes, while advancing to the NCAA Regional for the second straight year. The Bucs had three players receive all-conference honors, while junior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) was named SoCon Player of the Year and Coach Warren was tabbed Coach of the Year.
Kristjansson will now head home to Iceland and prep for the 2015 British Amateur, which begins June 15 at Carnoustie and Panmure.
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