ETSU gears up for Mason Rudolph Championship
ETSU gears up for Mason Rudolph Championship
Friday, April 1, 2016

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 1, 2016) – The ETSU men’s golf team is back in action this weekend as the Buccaneers gear up for the Mason Rudolph Championship, which begins Saturday morning at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS

The Blue and Gold finished tied for fourth at the Airstream Adventures Northwest Classic back on March 22 in Oregon. As a team, ETSU posted a score of 3-over-par 867 (289-287-291), while senior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) finished tied for third at 5-under-par 211 (68-70-73) at Willamette Valley Country Club. 

Meronk, who earned his second straight Southern Conference Golfer of the Week honor following that performance, moved to No. 17 in the Golfstat Rankings. In addition, the Buccaneer All-American climbed to fourth in the Palmer Cup Rankings, which were released earlier this week. 

Overall, Meronk has finished in the top-10 in each of his last seven tournaments played, while he has scored par or better in 142 of his 162 holes played this spring (88%) with the Buccaneers. 

Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) is coming off his best showing of his collegiate career as the ETSU sophomore finished tied for 31st in Oregon (5-over-par 221) and junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland) tied for 15th at 4-over-par 220. 

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT

This weekend’s event is two-day, 54-hole tournament, starting with a shotgun start on Saturday. 

Thirty-six holes will be played on Saturday, while the final 18 holes will be contested Sunday. The lowest four scores from a five-member team count toward the team totals. 

The teams will play from the Mason Rudolph South Tees at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. The course set up is par-71, 7,100 yards. 

Tournament host Vanderbilt won last year’s tournament as the Commodores defeated Georgia Tech and Alabama by 11 strokes. Vanderbilt finished the 54-hole tournament at 6-under-par 846, while junior Matthias Schwab returns to defend his title. Schwab, a 2015 GCAA All-American selection, shared medalist honors with teammate Hunter Stewart a year ago as they both finished at 6-under-par 207.

Meronk recorded a third-place showing as he finished two shots back of the Vanderbilt duo at 4-under-par 209, while ETSU – who making its fourth straight appearance at the Mason Rudolph Championship – placed fifth in 2015. 

THE FIELD

Below is the tournament field for the 2016 Mason Rudolph Championship () denotes Golfstat Rankings unless noted. 

Alabama 4*

Vanderbilt 5*

Florida 7*

SMU (33)

UAB (42)

Memphis (43)

Liberty 49*

ETSU (51)

Rice (95)

MTSU (126)

Lamar (155)

Ball State (177)

West Virginia (181)

Samford (201) 

*Indicates Golfweek ranking 

The 14-team field features three teams ranked in the top-10, seven in the top-50 and nine in the top-100. 

Individually, two golfers are ranked in the top-10, eight in the top-25 and 10 are ranked in the top-50. 

ETSU’S LINEUP

Joining Meronk, Ratliff and Gradecki in ETSU’s lineup this weekend is senior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and freshman Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea)

The Buccaneer lineup features two seniors, one junior, one sophomore and one freshman. 

ETSU is paired with Liberty and Rice on Saturday. The groups tee off from holes 8-thru-11 beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. 

COVERAGE

Live scoring for all three rounds will be available via Golfstat. Click here to access live scoring. 

Full recaps with scores will be available on ETSUBucs.com following each round. 

For more information on Buccaneer men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf page.