Bucs head to Myrtle Beach for General Hackler Championship
Bucs head to Myrtle Beach for General Hackler Championship
Friday, March 10, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 10, 2017) – After making its spring debut two weeks ago, the ETSU men’s golf team returns to action as the Bucs head to Myrtle Beach for the General Hackler Championship, which begins Saturday at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS

Senior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) led the Blue and Gold in their spring debut as the Buccaneer leader finished tied for 10th at 2-under-par 211 (72-70-69) at The Prestige at PGA West. 

Sophomore Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) finished 32nd with a 54-hole score of 200 (74-72-74). 

As a team, ETSU finished ninth with a total score of 882 (292-291-291).

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT

The General Hackler Championship is scheduled to play 36 holes on Saturday (Mar. 11) and 18 final holes on Sunday (Mar. 12) at the par-72, 7,233-yard Dunes Club, annually ranked among the top 10 courses in South Carolina. 

The teams will play 36 holes of continuous play beginning with a shotgun start Saturday at 8:30 a.m. On Sunday, teams will tee off from No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 8:30 a.m. 

ETSU won the 2006 and 2010 General Hackler Championship team titles, while from Buccaneer All-American Rhys Davies holds the tournament record at 10-under-par 206, set in 2007. Davies also won in 2005, while Olympian and PGA Tour player Seamus Power earned medalist honors at this tournament in 2010. 

South Carolina returns to defend its title as the Gamecocks beat Virginia by seven shots a year ago. 

This year’s 15-team field features eight schools that have won a tournament this season and nine schools are currently among the nation's top 50. 

The General Hackler Championship is hosted by Coastal Carolina. 

TOURNAMENT FIELD

Joining ETSU, Coastal Carolina and South Carolina in this weekend’s tournament are Charleston Southern, East Carolina, Iowa State, Kent State, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina State, North Florida, South Alabama, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. 

Two teams are ranked in the top-10 – No. 3 Virginia and No. 9 LSU – while nine teams are ranked in the top-50 nationally. Joining Virginia and LSU are No. 12 Wake Forest, No. 14 Kent State, No. 34 South Carolina, No. 36 North Florida, No. 40 Kentucky, No. 42 Iowa State, and No. 45 NC State. 

Individually, two golfers are ranked in the top-10, four in the top-25, and nine in the top-50. LSU’s Sam Burns is currently ranked No. 1 via Golfweek. 

ETSU’S LINEUP

ETSU’s lineup this weekend features Gradecki, Kim, Ben Reichert (East Amherst, N.Y.), Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) and Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.)

Freshman Zack Ford (Cochranton, Pa.) will play as an individual. 

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

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.