KAUAI, HAWAII (Oct. 28, 2017) – The ETSU men’s golf team wraps up its fall season as the Buccaneers head to Hawaii for the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, which begins Sunday at the Makai Golf Club at Princeville.
ABOUT THE BUCS
This marks the fifth tournament of the fall season for the Blue and Gold, whose top finish came at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge where ETSU placed fifth in the 13-team field.
ETSU is in action for the third straight weekend as the Bucs are coming off appearances at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate (Oct. 13-15) and most-recently the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate.
Freshman Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the Blue and Gold at last weekend’s Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate … Carter turned in his best collegiate tournament performance as he fired a 3-under-par 213 (69-72-72) … Carter’s opening round score of 3-under 69 was the lowest round of his young ETSU career.
Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) boasts the lowest scoring average among freshmen in the Southern Conference as he enters the weekend with a mark of 72.75 … Go’s 9-under 63 in the second round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate not only broke a tournament record, but also tied the lowest round in program history … Go’s 63 is also the lowest round among SoCon players this fall season.
Fellow freshman Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) ranks 10th in the conference in stroke average (73.33), while the Bucs are the only team in the conference to have four players ranked in the top-15 in stroke average … Carter ranks 14th (73.67) and junior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) is 15th (74.00).
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The three-day, 54-hole tournament gets underway Sunday from the Princeville Makai Golf Club.
Each round begins with a shotgun start beginning at 2 p.m. EDT.
The course plays at 7,223 yards and is par-72.
Ole Miss returns to defend its 2016 title.
This marks the sixth straight year ETSU will be playing in this tournament … The Bucs’ best finish came in 2012 when ETSU placed fourth out of 16 teams.
ETSU is one of 19 teams to participate in this year’s field … Joining the Bucs and tournament host Hawaii are Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Colorado, Georgia Southern, Idaho, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville, Mississippi, Missouri, Sam Houston State, San Diego, UCLA, UMKC, Utah Valley, Wake Forest and Washington.
Overall, eight teams are ranked in the top-50 of either the Golfstat or Golfweek Rankings, while three are in the top-20 … The eight teams featured in the top-50 are No. 5 Wake Forest, No. 15 Missouri, No. 20 UCLA, No. 31 Georgia Southern, No. 37 Louisville, No. 38 Ole Miss, No. 47 Colorado and No. 48 San Diego State.
Individually, seven players are ranked in the top-50, including three in the top-10 and four in the top-25.
ETSU’s lineup features Carter (No. 1), Go (No. 2), Rhea (No. 3), Kim (No. 4) and Trevor Hulbert (No. 5) … Sophomore Kevin Burns will play as an individual.
The Buccaneer lineup features one junior, one sophomore and three freshmen.
ETSU will be grouped with Georgia Southern, San Diego State and Idaho ... The teams will tee off from No. 13-16.
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.