RALEIGH, N.C. (April 17, 2016) – For the second time this week, ETSU senior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) earned runner-up honors as the Buccaneer All-American finished second at the Wolfpack Spring Intercollegiate, which wrapped up play on Sunday at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
Fresh off a second-place finish at the Greenbrier Invitational and tying his lowest collegiate round with a 66 in Saturday’s second round, Meronk topped that performance on Sunday. Meronk went low by firing a 6-under 65 thanks to recording six birdies – five on the back nine – and 12 pars to mark his lowest collegiate round. Despite the dominating effort and putting pressure on the leader, Meronk couldn’t inch past North Carolina State’s David Cooke to post his second career win at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Meronk, who won the 2014 Wolfpack Intercollegiate, finished with his lowest 54-hole score as he totaled a 13-under-par 200 (69-66-65), while Cooke led wire-to-wire following an opening round 9-under 62 en route to claiming medalist honors at 15-under-par 198 (62-67-69).
When asked how it felt to record the 65 and how close he got to catching Cooke, Meronk said he gave it all he could and was pleased with his performance.
“It was a great feeling to make the birdie putt on 18 and finish with the 65,” said Meronk. “I hit my second shot 12 feet from the hole (on 18) and knew walking up to the green that if I birdied, it would set my lowest collegiate score. It felt good to make that putt.
“I want to congratulate David (Cooke) on winning his home tournament,” said Meronk. “He was on fire. I played the first two rounds with him and he played very well. I gave it all I could to catch him today, but he made it very tough on us.”
To go with his back-to-back runner-up finishes, Meronk has finished in the top-10 in nine of his last 10 tournaments, while posting top-3 finishes in four of his last five outings.
“I have been playing well these last two tournaments. I missed some putts yesterday but didn’t make many mistakes today,” said Meronk, who scored par or better in 51 of the 54 holes this weekend. “My middle game was my strength this weekend as I hit my irons well and hit the majority of the greens.”
NC State made it a clean sweep as the 37th-ranked Wolfpack defended their team title by defeating No. 15 South Florida by eight shots and No. 21 Virginia by 20 strokes. The Wolfpack finished the tournament at 21-under-par 831 (266-278-287).
ETSU was one of two teams to record a team score of par or better in Sunday’s final round as the Blue and Gold carded an even-par 284, while Virginia shot a 1-under-par 283. Overall, the Bucs finished fourth at 8-over-par 860 (293-283-284).
Senior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) finished tied for 22nd at 7-over-par 220 (74-72-74), while sophomore Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) had a strong finish to the tournament. Following an opening round 83, Ratliff carded consecutive rounds of 72 and jumped 23 spots up the leaderboard to finish tied for 56th. Freshman Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) registered a 2-over 73 on Sunday and leaped 19 spots up the leaderboard by finishing tied for 33rd, while junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) tied for 40th.
The Bucs will now look to defend their Southern Conference Championship title as first round play begins Sunday, April 24 at Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst, N.C.
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