LA QUINTA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2016) – After registering seven birdies, including five in his first nine holes, ETSU senior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) moved into the top 10 at The Prestige at PGA WEST.
Meronk, who began Tuesday’s second round tied for 12th, fired a 3-under 68 and sits in seventh-place at 4-under-par 138 heading into Wednesday’s final 18-holes of competition from the Greg Norman Course in La Quinta, Calif. The Buccaneer leader and 31st-ranked golfer posted back-to-back birdies on No. 11 and 12, while carding three more in a four-hole stretch to conclude play on the front nine. From there, Meronk posted a pair of birdies on his back nine, but sandwiched between them were three bogeys, which resulted in the 68.
A trio of players – Ryann Ree (San Diego State), Frederick Wedel (Pepperdine) and Zach Wright (LSU) – sit atop the individual leaderboard at 8-under-par 134, while the Arizona State duo of John Rahm and Jared duToit are tied for fourth at 6-under 136. Rahm is the number one ranked amateur in the world.
The play of Rahm and duToit helped fuel a spark for defending champion and ninth-ranked Arizona State to take over the team lead following 36-holes. The Sun Devils finished at 15-under 269 on Tuesday and ASU holds a five-shot lead over No. 27 LSU at 12-under-par 556.
Overall, ETSU recorded a 5-over 289 and moved into a tie for 11th with Iowa State at 18-over-par 586.
Freshman Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) enjoyed a solid round on Tuesday as he shot a 1-over 72 to move 17 spots up the board. Kim and senior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) are tied for 59th at 10-over-par 152, while junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland) is tied for 25th at 2-over-par 144. Gradecki shot an even-par 71 on Tuesday.
The 15-team field features four teams ranked in the top-10, six in the top-30 and nine in the top-60. Individually, three golfers are ranked in the top-10, four in the top-25, and eight in the top-50.
The Bucs are paired with Iowa State and University of Stirling (Scotland) in Wednesday’s final round, which begins at 10:30 a.m. (EST).
Live scoring for the tournament will be available on Golfstat. Click here to access live scoring. Full recaps with scores will be available on ETSUBucs.com after each round.
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