JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2015) – The ETSU men’s golf team hosts the 18th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, which begins Friday morning at the Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU is coming off a second-place showing at the Inverness Intercollegiate, which was held Sept. 21-22 at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio.
Three Buccaneers 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 the 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).
Hickman and Meronk both finished 10-over-par 223 for the championship.
ABOUT THE BANK OF TENNESSEE INTERCOLLEGIATE
The three-day tournament gets underway Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., while Saturday’s second round will also start at 8:30 a.m., with each team beginning on No. 1. Sunday’s tee times and pairings will be released at the conclusion of Saturday’s round.
Wake Forest won the weather-shortened tournament last season, as Sunday’s third round was cancelled due to rain. The Demon Deacons, who have participated in the previous 17 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate’s, are not in this year’s field. Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris earned medalist honors as he defeated Virginia’s Denny McCarthy by two strokes a year ago.
The Bucs finished second in 2006, 2008 and 2014, marking their best team placing in tournament history. In 2008, ETSU lost by one stroke to Coastal Carolina, while falling by one stroke to Tennessee in 2006. Last year, the Blue and Gold finished five strokes back of Wake Forest.
ETSU’s Rhys Davies earned medalist honors twice at the Bank of Tennessee as the former Buccaneer All-American repeated as individual champion in 2005 and 2006.
Since its first year of competition in 1998, the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate has featured players who have gone on to enjoy successful careers on the PGA and European PGA Tours. This list of names includes Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson and ETSU’s own Rhys Davies, to name a few.
Fourteen teams join ETSU in the 2015 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Joining the Bucs are Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Furman, Kent State, Louisville, Missouri, Penn State, Tennessee, VCU, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech, UNC Wilmington (UNCW).
Six former Bank of Tennessee team champions are in the 2015 field – Virginia, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Kent State, Tennessee, and Coastal Carolina.
Eight teams are ranked in the top-65 by Golfweek: Virginia (15), Penn State (21), ETSU (29), Kent State (37), East Carolina (43), Louisville (57), Tennessee (62) and Charlotte (65).
Six individuals rank in the top-100 Golfweek rankings: Virginia's Danny Walker (27) and Derek Bard (62), Penn State's Charles Huntzinger (32), Louisville's Robin Sciot-Siegrist (45), East Carolina's Al Dickens (84) and ETSU's Gudmundur Kristjansson (94).
ETSU’s lineup has not been annouced, but seven Buccaneers will be participating in this year’s tournament.
Joining Kristjansson, Meronk and Hickman are Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland), Conor Rodrigues (Kingston, Ontario, Canada), Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea).
The Bucs are paired with Virginia and Kent State in Friday’s first round and tee off at 10:10 a.m.
The individuals go out at 12:40 p.m., 12:50 and 1:00.
Live scoring for this weekend’s tournament will be via Golfstat.
Recaps following each day will be available on ETSUBucs.com.
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