Bucs to make spring debut this week in California
Bucs to make spring debut this week in California
Sunday, February 18, 2018

LA QUINTA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2018) – The ETSU men’s golf team makes its spring debut this week as the Buccaneers head west to compete in the 18th annual The Prestige at PGA West, which beings Monday.


ETSU competed in five fall tournaments with the Blue and Gold turning in a top-five finish at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge.

Freshmen Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) and Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) led the Bucs in scoring average … Go posted a mark of 72.60 in 15 rounds played, and Rhea tallied a mark of 72.87.

Go tied the program’s lowest round when he fired a 9-under 63 in round two at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, which also broke the single-record.

Go is tied for the second-lowest scoring average in the Southern Conference, while the Bucs are the only team to have five golfers listed in the top-14 … Rhea is seventh, Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) is 10th (73.07), Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) is 13th (73.40) and Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) is 14th (73.42).


The 54-hole tournament will be contested over three days at the PGA WEST in La Quinta, Calif. 

The Greg Norman Course at PGA WEST is par-72, 7,156-yards.  

The opening round begins Monday at 10:30 a.m. (EST), while round two will be held Tuesday and the final round is on Wednesday. All three rounds begin at 10:30 a.m. (EST) … Teams will tee off from No. 1 and No. 10 each day.

LSU has won the last two tournaments and returns to defend its title.

Last year Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) led the Blue and Gold, while Kim finished tied for 32nd.

The 18th annual event promises to be a highly competitive tournament featuring seven teams from last year’s NCAA Championship, and six former NCAA Championship teams, including 2015 champion LSU and 2016 champion Oregon. In addition, the Prestige at PGA WEST has seen an amazing array of individual superstars, including World No. 2 Jon Rahm, recent PGA Tour winner Gary Woodland and 2017 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele.

The Prestige at PGA WEST is co-hosted by eight-time NCAA Champion Stanford University of the Pac 12 Conference and UC Davis of the Big West Conference.


Joining ETSU in this year’s field are UC Davis, Stanford, Iowa State, LSU, San Diego State, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Oregon, San Francisco, Washington, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Southern Cal, San Diego State, Stirling University.

Eight teams are ranked in the top-50 of either the Golfstat or Golfweek Rankings, including top-ranked Oklahoma State … Joining the Cowboys are No. 9 LSU, No. 10 Stanford, No. 19 Southern Cal, No. 38 San Diego State, No. 41 Oregon, No. 44 Northwestern and No. 49 Pepperdine.   

Individually, seven golfers are ranked in the top-50 of the Golfstat rankings, while four are ranked in the top-25 and three in the top-five, including top-ranked Justin Suh (USC), Standford’s Brandon Wu (No. 4) and Oklahoma State’s Zach Bauchou (No. 5).


ETSU’s lineup this week includes No. 1 Geuntae Kim, No. 2 Austin Carter, No. 3 Trevor Hulbert, No. 4 Shiso Go and No. 5 Jack Rhea.

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


Live scoring for all three rounds will be provided via Golfstat.

Recaps and scores will be posted on ETSUBucs.com following each round, while Twitter updates can be accessed by following @ETSU_MGolf.

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