Bucs look to defend title in Toledo
Junior Mateusz Gradecki finished tied for 17th at last week's Gopher Invitational.
Bucs look to defend title in Toledo
Sunday, September 20, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (Sept. 20, 2015) – The ETSU men’s golf team looks to defend its title at the Inverness Intercollegiate as first round action begins Monday morning at the Inverness Golf Club. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS

The Bucs opened the 2015 fall season last week as the Blue and Gold finished tied for seventh at the Gopher Invitational. 

As a team, ETSU recorded a three-round score of 38-over-par 890 (293-298-299). 

Junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) and senior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) both paced ETSU as the Buccaneer duo tied for 17th at 8-over-par 221. 

Meronk posted the second-lowest score on the par-3s (2.83) for the tournament, while Gradecki tied for fourth in par-4 scoring (4.09). Gradecki also registered 40 pars in the 54-hole tournament, which ranked second in the tournament field. 

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT

The 54-hole tournament will be contested over two days, as 36 holes will be played on Monday, while the final 18 will be held Tuesday. 

The Inverness Golf Club is par-71, 7,300 yards. 

Monday’s opening round begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start, while Tuesday’s final round gets underway at 8 a.m., from No. 1 and 10. 

ETSU swept the team and individual titles a year ago in its season opener. The Bucs held off then-No. 1 South Florida by two strokes and Meronk earned medalist honors after firing an even-par 213 (73-70-70). ETSU looks to become the first team to win consecutive titles at the event. 

TOURNAMENT FIELD

Joining ETSU and tournament host Toledo in this year’s field are: Akron, Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), Austin Peay, California, Kent State, Mercer, Miami, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue and Yale. 

Five teams are currently ranked in the top-50 of the Golfweek rankings. The five teams placed in the top-50 include: Purdue (6th), Mercer (8th), Yale (14th), Toledo (46th) and Austin Peay (44th). In addition, California (19th) and ETSU (28th) were both ranked in the top-30 of Golfweek’s preseason rankings. 

Meanwhile, six teams finished the 2014-15 season ranked in the top-60 of the Golfstat rankings: No. 23 California, No. 32 Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), No. 39 ETSU, No. 52 Ohio State, No. 54 Michigan and No. 55 Purdue. 

ETSU’S LINEUP

ETSU will use its same lineup from last week’s season-opening tournament at the Gopher Invitational. Along with Meronk and Gradecki, the Bucs will also have seniors Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.), and red-shirt freshman Conor Rodrigues (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

The Bucs will be paired with Toledo and California on Monday. 

COVERAGE

There will be live scoring (every 3-6 holes) available through BirdieFire. Click here for live scoring. 

A recap will also be available after each day on ETSUBucs.com. 

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