CANBY, Ore. (March 22, 2016) – ETSU senior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) kept his streak alive following the conclusion of the Airstream Adventures Northwest Classic on Tuesday afternoon.
Meronk posted his seventh straight top-10 finish as the Buccaneer All-American tied for third at 5-under-par 211 (68-70-73) at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby, Ore. Despite being tied atop the leaderboard following 36 holes, Meronk – who is ranked No. 23 nationally – shot a 1-over 73 to finish in a three-way tie for third place. Meronk was within two shots of the leader with seven holes remaining, but the Wroclaw, Poland native recorded consecutive bogeys on No. 12 and 13, which moved him four strokes back from eventual champion Sulman Raza. During Meronk’s run, the Buccaneer leader has registered one win, runner-up honors and four top-five finishes.
Raza was tied with Meronk and two other players after second round play concluded earlier on Tuesday; however, the Oregon red-shirt junior built some breathing room after birdying three of his first four holes to start the final round. From there, Raza never relinquished his lead and earned medalist honors by finishing the 54-hole tournament at 10-under-par 206 (71-67-68). Raza won the championship by four shots over teammate Nigel Lett, while fellow teammate Aaron Wise – who also had a share of the lead after second round play – tied for third with Meronk and UNLV’s AJ McInerney.
UNLV won the team title as the 32nd-ranked Runnin’ Rebels shot an 8-under 280 in the final round en route to defeating No. 28 Oregon by eight strokes. The Runnin’ Rebels entered the final round with a one shot lead over the Ducks and finished the Northwest Classic at 22-under-par 842 (280-282-280).
ETSU recorded its second straight top-five finish as the Buccaneers finished fourth at 3-over-par 867 (289-287-291). The Blue and Gold carded a 1-under 287 in round two and wrapped up the day with a 3-over 291.
Other ETSU notables included sophomore Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) as he placed in a tie for 31st, marking his best collegiate finish. Ratliff ended the tournament at 5-over-par 221 (73-75-73). Meanwhile, junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland) had a strong finish on Tuesday as he fired a 2-under 70 in the final round and tied for 15th at even-par 216 (75-71-70), and senior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) tied for 27th at 4-over-par 220 (74-71-75).
The Bucs return to action next weekend as ETSU heads to Franklin, Tenn., for the Mason Rudolph Championship, which begins Saturday, April 2 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
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