Bucs open play at Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate on Friday
Bucs open play at Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate on Friday
Thursday, October 20, 2016

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (Oct. 20, 2016) – Coming off a fifth-place showing at last weekend’s Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, the ETSU men’s golf team looks to carry that momentum into the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate, which begins play Friday morning at both the Lakeside and Creekside Courses. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS

ETSU finished tied for fifth at its home tournament last weekend as the Bucs posted at 3-under-par 861 (281-282-298) at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. 

The Bucs were led by senior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) as he put together his best collegiate finish … Gradecki tied for second at 11-under-par 205 (68-68-69) … Gradecki opened the tournament with back-to-back 68s, which tied his lowest collegiate round … Overall, the lone senior on the Buccaneer roster totaled one eagle, 16 birdies, and 31 pars over the 54-hole tournament … The 16 birdies were tied for the most in the field. 

Sophomore Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) and red-shirt freshman Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) both finished tied for 24th at 1-under-par 215 … Kim shot the lowest round of his collegiate career with a 3-under 69 in Friday’s opening round, while Hulbert – who was playing as an individual – registered a 69 on Saturday. 

ABOUT THE GOLF CLUB OF GEORGIA COLLEGIATE

The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate, formerly called the United States Collegiate Championship, is being played Friday through Sunday at the Golf Club of Georgia. 

This year for the first time, the tournament will utilize both of the club's courses, the 7,017-yard, par 72 Lakeside Course and the 7,039-yard, par-72 Creekside Course, for the first two rounds of the event. Each team will play one round on each course Friday or Saturday, and all 17 teams will play the final round Sunday on the Lakeside Course, where every round of the tournament was played in previous years. Competition begins at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 

Auburn and Wake Forest were co-champions of last year's tournament, while Virginia's Derek Bard, Stanford's Maverick McNealy, Auburn's Will Long and Wake Forest's Cameron Young tied for medalist honors. Both teams are back to defend their title, along with all four co-medalists. 

Last year, Buccaneer All-American Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) finished tied for eighth at 4-under-par 212 (72-70-70), while ETSU – who was in the top-five following the first two rounds – finished 12th

This marks the 12th straight year ETSU is playing in the prestigious tournament.

TOURNAMENT FIELD

The field is traditionally one of the strongest in college golf, and 14 of the 17 teams this year are in the current Golfstat top 50. Six of those are ranked among the top 10, with four others in the top 25. 

Joining ETSU and Georgia Tech in this weekend’s field are: Auburn, Clemson, Duke, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern California, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, UCLA, Villanova, Virginia, and Wake Forest. 

Oklahoma State (2), Auburn (3), LSU (6), Virginia (7), Oklahoma (8), Wake Forest (9), Stanford (13), Clemson (16), Southern California (19) and Texas A&M (21) are all ranked in the top-25. 

Individually, six individuals in this weekend’s field are ranked in the top-10 of the Golfweek rankings, 12 in the top-25 and 18 in the top-50. Stanford’s Maverick McNealy is ranked No. 1, while he’s also the top amateur in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. 

ETSU’S LINEUP

ETSU’s lineup this weekend features Gradecki, Kim, Hulbert, Ben Reichert (East Amherst, N.Y.) and Kevin Burns (Canton, Ga.)

The Bucs’ lineup features one senior, one sophomore, and three freshmen. 

ETSU is paired with Duke and Texas A&M on Friday and Saturday … The Bucs tee off Friday at 10:50 a.m., on the Lakeside Course, while the Blue and Gold go out Saturday at 10:55 a.m., on the Creekside Course. 

COVERAGE

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.