KAUAI, Hawaii (Nov. 4, 2015) – Playing in the final tournament this fall, ETSU senior Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) paced the 45th-ranked Buccaneers in the final round of the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational on Wednesday afternoon at the Princeville Makai Golf Club.
Hickman guided the Blue and Gold with a 3-under-par 69 on Wednesday, while fellow senior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) led ETSU in the 54-hole tournament as he finished tied for ninth at 7-under-par 209 (71-67-71). Meronk – who registered an eagle, 11 birdies and 36 pars in the fall finale – carded a 1-under 71 in the final round on Wednesday. The Buccaneer leader and 39th-ranked golfer also totaled the second lowest score on the par-5s (4.33), while Hickman – who finished tied for 28th even-par 216 (75-72-69) – also tallied 11 birdies for the tournament.
As a group, the Buccaneers bounced back after a shaky opening round as ETSU recorded consecutive rounds of below par in the final two days of the tournament en route to finishing in eighth-place at 3-under-par 861 (295-282-284). Following their 6-under 282 on Tuesday, the Bucs shot 4-under-par 284 in Wednesday’s final round to jump three spots up the leaderboard.
Alabama held off Wake Forest for the team title as the 16th-ranked Crimson Tide fired a 14-under 274 in the final round to defeat the third-ranked Demon Deacons by five strokes. The Crimson Tide finished the three-day tournament at 40-under-par 824 (281-269-274), while Wake Forest earned runner up honors at 35-under-par 829 (278-274-277) and No. 34 UAB placed third at 28-under-par 836 (287-268-281).
While Alabama edged out Wake Forest for the team championship, the roles were reversed for the individual title.
Wake Forest’s Cameron Young – who led after day one – shot a 5-under 67 on Wednesday and captured medalist honors by finishing at 15-under-par 201 (66-68-67), while Alabama’s Tom Lovelady placed second at 13-under-par 203 (68-67-68).
Like Hickman, ETSU junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland) also finished tied for 28th at even-par 216 (77-69-70). Gradecki bagged six birdies in the final round and totaled a 2-under 70. Meanwhile, freshman Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) tied for 65th at 8-over-par 224 (75-75-74) and senior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) tied for 69th at 9-over-par 225 (74-74-77).
Following a fall campaign where Meronk earned medalist honors at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate and ETSU finished runner-up at the Inverness Intercollegiate, the Bucs open their spring season on Feb. 15 at The Prestige in La Quinta, Calif. In addition to winning the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, Meronk ended the fall season with three straight top-10 finishes.
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