DURHAM, N.C. (Sept. 15, 2017) – The ETSU men’s golf team opens its 2017 fall season this weekend as the Buccaneers head to Durham, N.C., for the Rod Myers Invitational, which begins Saturday at the Duke University Golf Club.
ABOUT THE BUCS
The Bucs are coming off a 2016-17 season where the Blue and Gold captured their third straight Southern Conference title and fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regional … The title marked a SoCon-best 20th championship for the Bucs, while it was the 25th overall conference championship in program history.
ETSU returns five players from last season’s squad, which includes SoCon medalist Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) and SoCon all-freshman team selection Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) … Kim – who recorded his first collegiate win at the 2017 conference championship – posted a scoring average of 74.63 a year ago … Hulbert played in all 12 tournaments for the Bucs last year and registered a scoring average of 74.50 … The Orlando, Fla. native finished third at the SoCon Championship and led the Blue and Gold at the NCAA Regional.
Along with Kim and Hulbert, senior Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) and sophomores Kevin Burns (Canton, Ga.) and Zack Ford (Cochranton, Pa.) are also returning … Cayman is the lone senior on the Buccaneer roster, while Burns – who finished runner up at the 2017 Tennessee State Amateur – played in six tournaments for ETSU in his rookie season … Ford played in seven tournaments in his rookie campaign and finished with a 76.40 scoring average.
Head coach Fred Warren brought in three freshmen to join the Bucs’ roster in 2017-18 – Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.), Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) and Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) … Like Burns, Carter also earned runner up honors at the Tennessee State Amateur and qualified for the 2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship … Rhea lettered all four-years at Science Hill High School where he helped guide the Hilltoppers to back-to-back Region 1-AAA titles in 2015 and 2016 …The Jonesborough, Tenn. native is a two-time Big 7 Conference Player of the Year and won the 2016 Tennessee State Amateur … Go claimed medalist honors at the 2014 and 2015 IJGT IJGA Invitational, 2014 Japan Regional High School Championship, 2014 IJGT College Series at NC State and the 2014 IJGT Major Championship at Dormie Club ... The 2015 IJGT Player of the Year has posted a scoring average of 73.5 in 2016.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The eighth annual Rod Myers Invitational will be held Sept. 16-17 at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C.
The 54-hole event features 36 holes of play on Saturday with the final round being contested on Sunday … Saturday’s tee times are set to begin at 7:35 a.m., while Sunday’s groups start at 7:55.
The Duke University Golf Club has hosted a pair of NCAA Championships (1962 and 2001) and is consistently ranked among the top college courses in the country.
In 1955, Duke sought out Robert Trent Jones, whose golf course architecture was widely respected. On Sept. 26, 1957, Duke University Golf Club opened to the public and was immediately labeled one of the top university golf facilities in the nation. The accolades were great enough to attract the 1962 NCAA Championships.
Wake Forest has won the last two tournaments and the Demon Deacons return to the field in 2017.
This marks the fourth time ETSU has played in the Rod Myers Invitational as the Bucs played in 2010, 2011 and 2016.
ABOUT THE FIELD
Joining ETSU and Duke in this weekend’s field are: East Carolina, Liberty, Louisville, Oregon, Princeton, UC Davis, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
Six teams appeared in the 2016 NCAA Regional – Duke, ETSU, Liberty, Oregon, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, while Duke, Oregon and Vanderbilt advanced to the NCAA Championships … Oregon finished national runner-up after falling to Oklahoma in the National Championship.
Five teams were ranked in the top-50 of the final 2017 Golfstat Rankings – #1 Vanderbilt, #7 Oregon, #11 Wake Forest, #23 Duke and #49 Liberty.
The Bucs’ lineup features Jack Rhea (#1), Shiso Go (#2), Kevin Burns (#3), Cayman Ratliff (#4) and Geuntae Kim (#5).
The grouping consists of two freshmen, one sophomore, one junior and one senior.
The Bucs are paired with Louisville and Princeton and tee off from No. 10 starting at 7:35 a.m. on Saturday.
Live scoring of all three rounds will be provided via Golfstat, while recaps for each day will be provided on ETSUBucs.com.
For more information on ETSU men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.