JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 10, 2015) – Golfweek unveiled its top teams heading into the 2015-16 season and the ETSU men’s golf team was ranked 28th in Lance Ringler’s preseason top 30 poll.
The Bucs, who return five golfers with NCAA Division I experience, open the 2015-16 season this Sunday at the Gopher Invitational in Independence, Minn.
As a team, ETSU had success both on the course and in the classroom in 2014-15, as the Bucs won three tournaments a year ago and also had five All-American Scholars. In addition, ETSU was one of 169 programs to land academic honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The Bucs recorded a team grade-point-average of 3.61, and received President’s Special Recognition.
On the course, the Blue and Gold secured the 2015 Southern Conference Championship, marking their 23rd conference championship in program history. To go with their conference championship, the Bucs also recorded wins at Inverness Intercollegiate and at The Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational, while the Blue and Gold advanced to the NCAA Regional for the 24th time in school history. The Blue and Gold also moved into the Top-25 nationally during the 2014-15 campaign.
ETSU’s successful season also featured the SoCon Player of the Year, SoCon Coach of the Year, two All-Conference selections, an All-Freshman Team member, an All-American and one Palmer Cup player.
Senior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) was named SoCon Player of the Year, while earning All-American honors by PING and Golfweek. The All-SoCon selection also played in his first-ever Palmer Cup this past June and appeared in last month’s U.S. Amateur Championship. Fellow senior Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) joined Meronk on the all-conference list and also appeared in the U.S. Amateur Championship. Meanwhile Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) – who earned SoCon All-Freshman Team accolades – returns for a second season in the Blue and Gold, and senior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland, Iceland) looks to build off his 2014-15 season where he earned two medalist honors and a trip to the NCAA Championship. Ratliff is coming off his second straight East Tennessee Amateur Championship this summer, while Kristjansson and junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) represented the Bucs in the 2015 British Amateur Championship in June.
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