JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (Oct. 12, 2017) – The ETSU men’s golf team is set to host the 20th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, which begins Friday morning at Blackthorn Club at The Ridges.
ABOUT THE BUCS
This marks the third tournament of the 2017 fall season for the Blue and Gold as ETSU opened at the Rod Myers Invitational on Sept. 16, while coming off a fifth-place showing at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge back on Oct. 1.
The Bucs are led by freshman Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) and junior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea), as Go leads the Blue and Gold with a 73.33 stroke average. Kim is right behind at 73.78. Go’s average ranks second among freshman in the Southern Conference, while placing him ninth overall, respectively.
Kim – the reigning SoCon champion – is coming off a solid showing in Louisville where he finished tied for 11th. Kim posted a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to move 17 spots up the leaderboard.
Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) enters the weekend with the fourth-best stroke average among freshmen in the conference as he has totaled a 74.83 mark in his first two collegiate tournaments.
ETSU’s fifth-place finish at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge is the highest team finish among SoCon teams this fall.
The Bucs’ roster features one senior, one junior, three sophomores and three freshmen.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
This weekend marks the 20th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.
In honor the 20th tournament, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is unveiling a 20th Anniversary Team leading up to the opening round on Friday … Starting on Tuesday, five players are being released each day to complete the team. Click here for a full list of the 20th Anniversary Team.
The three-day tournament gets underway Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., while Saturday’s second round will also start at 8:30 a.m., with each team beginning on No. 1. Sunday’s tee times and pairings will be released at the conclusion of Saturday’s round.
The course is a par-72, 7,147 layout.
Virginia returns to defend its title after the Cavaliers set the tournament record a year ago with a 54-hole score of 35-under-par 829, which topped the previous record of 23-under-par 841 set by TCU in 2001 … Virginia posted the lowest one-record score with a 269 in the second round last year to en route to winning the tournament by 13 strokes over Missouri.
Penn State’s Charles Huntzinger returns to defend his title after he tied the top 54-hole score at 13-under-par 203, which has been accomplished three times in tournament history.
The Bucs finished second in 2006, 2008 and 2014, marking their best team placing in tournament history. In 2008, ETSU lost by one stroke to Coastal Carolina, while falling by one stroke to Tennessee in 2006. In 2014, the Blue and Gold finished five strokes back of Wake Forest.
Adrian Meronk (2015) and Rhys Davies (2005 & 2006) are the two Buccaneers to earn medalist honors at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.
Since its first year of competition in 1998, the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate has featured players who have gone on to enjoy successful careers on the PGA and European PGA Tours. This list of names includes Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Jason Dufner, Anthony Kim and ETSU’s own Seamus Power and Davies, to name a few.
Click here for the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate record book.
ABOUT THE FIELD
Joining ETSU in this year’s field are: Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Furman, Kansas State, Kent State, Louisville, Missouri, Penn State, Tennessee, UNCW, VCU, Villanova, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Four teams are ranked in the top-50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings – No. 5 Missouri, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 17 Kent State and No. 46 Louisville.
Six players in this weekend’s field are ranked in the top-100 Golfweek Rankings – No. 22 Ian Holt (Kent State), No. 42 Mark Lawrence (Virginia Tech), No. 49 Hayden Buckley (Missouri), No. 53 Gisli Sveinbergsson (Kent State), No. 61 Matt Echelmeier (Missouri), and No. 98 Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Tennessee).
ETSU’s lineup features Geuntae Kim (#1), Shiso Go (#2), Jack Rhea (#3), Kevin Burns (#4) and Austin Carter (#5).
The Bucs’ lineup consists of one junior, one sophomore and three freshmen.
Senior Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) and sophomore Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) will be playing as individuals.
The Bucs’ lineup features Shiso Go (#1), Kevin Burns (#2), Geuntae Kim (#3), Jack Rhea (#4) and Austin Carter (#5) … Sophomore Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) will be playing as an individual.
The grouping consists of three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior.
First round pairings and tee times have yet to be determined.
Live scoring of all three rounds will be provided via Golfstat, while recaps for each day will be provided on ETSUBucs.com.
Twitter updates will also be available by following @ETSU_MGolf.
For more information on ETSU men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.