Bucs tee it up at Mason Rudolph Championship this weekend
Justin Hulbert led the Bucs two weeks ago at the Schenkel Invitational.
Bucs tee it up at Mason Rudolph Championship this weekend
Thursday, March 30, 2017

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (March 19, 2017) – The ETSU men’s golf team returns to action as the Buccaneers tee it up at this weekend’s Mason Rudolph Championship, which begins Friday morning at the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course. 

ABOUT THE BUCS

Freshman Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) paced the Bucs last time out at the Schenkel Invitational from Forest Heights Country Club … Hulbert finished the 54-hole tournament tied for 18th at 2-under-par 214, marking his best collegiate finish … The Orlando, Fla. native opened the tournament with back-to-back rounds of 3-under 69, which set Hulbert’s lowest round as a Buccaneer.

As a team, ETSU finished 12th at the Schenkel Invitational, which featured two teams ranked in the top-10 and seven in the top-50. 

Senior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) – who has posted four top-10 finishes this season – leads ETSU with a 71.91 scoring average. 

Sophomore Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) led the Blue and Gold in the final round of the Schenkel Invitational as he posted an even-par 72 … Kim finished tied for 37th at 4-over-par 220. 

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT

Vanderbilt University will host the 16th annual Mason Rudolph Men’s Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., March 31-April 2. 

Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course will be set up as a par-71, 7,100-yard setup. 

Eighteen holes will take place each day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT on Friday and Saturday and at 8 a.m. on Sunday. 

Vanderbilt has won the last two tournament titles, while Florida’s Sam Horsfield returns to defend his individual crown. 

Gradecki finished tied for seventh in the tournament a year ago, while the Bucs placed sixth … Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) – who finished tied for fifth with former Buccaneer Rhys Davies at last weekend’s Barclays Kenya Open – earned runner up honors at the Mason Rudolph Championship in 2015. 

THE FIELD

ETSU and Vanderbilt are joined by Alabama, Ball State, Belmont, Duke, Florida, Iowa, Liberty, Miami (Ohio), Missouri, MTSU, Southern Illinois, and Troy. 

Two teams in this weekend’s field are ranked in the top-10 – No. 3 Vanderbilt and No. 6 Florida – while seven are ranked in the top-50 (No. 21 Duke, No. 26 Missouri, No. 43 Liberty, No. 49 MTSU, No. 50 Alabama). 

Individually, one golfer is ranked in the top-10, three in the top-25 and six in the top-50. 

ETSU’S LINEUP

Joining Hulbert, Gradecki and Kim in this weekend’s lineup are Zack Ford (Cochranton, Pa.) and Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.). 

Freshman Kevin Burns (Canton, Ga.) will play as an individual. 

ETSU’s lineup features two freshmen, one sophomore, one junior and one senior. 

The Bucs are paired with Ball State and Southern Illinois in Friday’s opening round … ETSU tees off from No. 10 at 9:45 a.m. (Eastern). 

COVERAGE

Live scoring of all three rounds will be provided via Golfstat, while recaps for all three rounds will be provided on ETSUBucs.com. 

Twitter updates will be available by following @ETSUAthletics

For more information on Buccaneer men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf page.