JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (Oct. 13, 2016) – The ETSU men’s golf team hosts the 19th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, which begins Friday morning at the Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU is coming off an 11th-place finish two weeks ago at The Macdonald Cup in New Haven, Conn.
Freshman Ben Reichert (East Amherst, N.Y.) – who has led the Bucs in their first two tournaments of the fall season – recorded his first collegiate top-10 finish … Reichert tied for 10th at 3-over-par 213 (72-67-74).
Junior Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) had a strong finish as he registered his lowest collegiate score in the final round at The Macdonald Cup … Ratliff carded a 2-under 68 and finished tied for 24th.
Both Reichert and Ratliff are tied for the team lead in scoring average at 71.7.
ABOUT THE BANK OF TENNESSEE INTERCOLLEGIATE
The three-day tournament gets underway Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., while Saturday’s second round will also start at 8:30 a.m., with each team beginning on No. 1. Sunday’s tee times and pairings will be released at the conclusion of Saturday’s round.
The course is a par-72, 7,147 layout.
Penn State – who won the 2015 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate with a team score of 20-under-par 844 – returns to defend its title.
A new individual medalist will be crowned as ETSU’s Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) won the 2015 title with a 54-hole score of 7-under-par 209 … Meronk graduated from ETSU this past May and is currently working to earn his European Tour Card … Meronk became the second Buccaneer to win the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate as Buccaneer All-American Rhys Davies repeated as champion in 2005 and 2006.
The Bucs finished second in 2006, 2008 and 2014, marking their best team placing in tournament history. In 2008, ETSU lost by one stroke to Coastal Carolina, while falling by one stroke to Tennessee in 2006. In 2014, the Blue and Gold finished five strokes back of Wake Forest.
Since its first year of competition in 1998, the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate has featured players who have gone on to enjoy successful careers on the PGA and European PGA Tours. This list of names includes Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson and ETSU’s own Rhys Davies, to name a few.
The tournament field features 15 teams … Joining ETSU in the 2016 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate are Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Kansas State, Kent State, Louisville, Missouri, Penn State, Tennessee, VCU, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech, UNC Wilmington (UNCW).
Seven former Bank of Tennessee team champions are in the 2016 field – Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Missouri, Kent State, Tennessee, and Coastal Carolina.
Eight teams are ranked in the top-65 by either Golfweek or Golfstat: Virginia (12), Kent State (13), UNCW (23), Missouri (27), Penn State (27), Virginia Tech (50), Charlotte (62) and Tennessee (63).
Nine individuals rank in the top-75 in either the Golfweek or Golfstat rankings: Coastal Carolina’s Alfredo Ruiz (9), Kent State’s Ian Holt (12) and Chase Johnson (43), Virginia’s Derek Bard (28), Jimmy Stanger (45) and Thomas Walsh (75), Virginia Tech’s Sarit Suwannarut (31), Missouri’s Euan Walker (32) and UNCW’s Thomas Eldridge (52).
ETSU’s lineup this weekend features Reichert, Ratliff, Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland), Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) and Kevin Burns (Canton, Ga.).
The Bucs’ lineup features one senior, one junior, one sophomore, and two freshmen.
Red-shirt freshman Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman Zack Ford (Cochranton, Pa.) will play as individuals.
ETSU is grouped with Virginia and Kent State in the first round and they tee off at 9:20 a.m., from No. 1.
Live scoring for all three rounds of the tournament will be available via Golfstat.com.
Full recaps with scores will be available on ETSUBucs.com after each day.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf page.