LA QUINTA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2017) – The ETSU men’s golf team opens its 2017 spring season this week as the Bucs head to California for The Prestige at PGA, which begins Monday at The Greg Norman Course at PGA West.
RECAPPING ETSU’S FALL SEASON
The Bucs played in five tournaments this past fall with the top finish coming at their home tournament where ETSU finished tied for fifth at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.
Senior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) posted two runner-up finishes in the fall as he finished tied for second at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate and in his final tournament of the fall – the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational. Gradecki recorded his lowest collegiate round in Hawaii when he fired a 7-under-par 65.
Freshman Ben Reichert (East Amherst, N.Y.) got off to a strong start in his rookie campaign as he totaled a pair of top-20 finishes in his first two collegiate tournaments en route to posting a 73.0 scoring average.
Overall, ETSU played four freshmen, along with one sophomore, one junior and one senior in the fall.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The 54-hole tournament will be contested over three days at the PGA WEST in La Quinta, Calif.
The Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST is par-72, 7,156-yards.
The opening round begins Monday at 10:30 a.m. (EST), while round two will be held Tuesday and the final round is on Wednesday. All three rounds begin at 10:30 a.m. (EST).
LSU returns to defend its 2016 Prestige at PGA WEST team champion. Last year, Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) finished tied for eighth at 2-under-par 211, while Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) played the final 36 holes at even-par.
The Prestige at PGA WEST is co-hosted by eight-time NCAA Champion Stanford University of the Pac 12 Conference and UC Davis of the Big West Conference.
Joining ETSU, Stanford and UC Davis in this year’s field are Arizona State, Iowa State, LSU, Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Diego State, Texas Tech and University of Stirling (Scotland).
Three teams are ranked in the top-10 – No. 4 LSU, No. 5 Texas Tech and No. 8 Stanford – while five are ranked in the top-25 (No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 14 San Diego State).
Individually, two golfers are ranked in the top-10, four in the top-25, and 10 in the top-50.
ETSU’s lineup this weekend features Gradecki, Kim, Reichert, Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) and Kevin Burns (Canton, Ga.).
The Bucs’ lineup features one senior, one sophomore, and three freshmen.
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.