TOLEDO, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2015) – The ETSU men’s golf team had three players place in the top-20, while the Buccaneers finished runner-up as the final round of the 11th annual Inverness Intercollegiate concluded Tuesday afternoon at the Inverness Golf Club.
The Bucs, who won the tournament a year ago, entered the final round two shots back of team-leading California, but the Blue and Gold couldn’t gain ground as ETSU finished the 54-hole tournament three strokes behind the Golden Bears. ETSU posted a three-round score of 28-over-par 880 (293-293-294), compared to Cal – who entered the season ranked in the top-20 – finishing 25-over-par 877 (291-293-293).
Individually, three Bucs placed in the top-20 as senior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) finished third, while fellow seniors Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) and Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) tied for 18th. Kristjansson ended the tournament at 2-over-par 215 (73-72-70) and led the Buccaneers with 10 birdies and 36 pars. The Icelander registered four of those birdies in Tuesday’s final round – including three in his final seven holes – en route to shooting a 1-under 70. The Buccaneer senior finished the tournament tied for second in par-3 scoring (even-par) and was tied for sixth in par-5 scoring (3-under-par).
Meanwhile, Hickman registered a 5-over 76 in the final round, while Meronk bounced back after a bumpy day on Monday and carded a 1-over 72 as both ETSU golfers finished 10-over-par 223 for the championship.
Michigan State’s Mitch Rutledge began the morning five shots off the lead, but posted the lowest round of the tournament at 5-under 66 to leap six spots up the leaderboard and capture medalist honors. Rutledge finished the 54-hole tournament at 2-under-par 211 (75-70-66) and won by three strokes over Michigan’s Kyle Mueller.
After guiding the Bucs on Monday, junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) shot an 80 on Tuesday and finished tied for 21st at 11-over-par 224 (71-73-80), while red-shirt freshman Conor Rodrigues (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) tied for 54th.
ETSU now has a few weeks to gear up for its home tournament – Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate – which will be held Oct. 9-11 at Blackthorn Club at the Ridges.
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