DURHAM, N.C. (Sept. 7, 2018) –The ETSU men’s golf team opens its 2018 fall season this weekend as the Buccaneers head to Durham, N.C., for the Rod Myers Invitational, which begins Saturday morning at the Duke University Golf Club.
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU returns six players from last season’s squad, which features one senior, one junior, four sophomores and one freshman.
Senior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) and sophomores Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) and Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) earned Southern Conference honors last season … Kim and Go earned all-conference honors, while Rhea joined Go on the all-freshman team.
Go led the Bucs with a 72.53 scoring average a year ago, which ranked second in the conference and topped all SoCon rookies … Go broke the single-round scoring mark in the second round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate after carding a 9-under-par 63 … The Kanagawa, Japan, native posted two top-10 finishes last season, which included finishing tied for sixth at the Wofford Invitational and tied for seventh at the SoCon Championship.
Kim brings the most experience to the Buccaneer lineup as he has played in 33 collegiate tournaments during his ETSU career … Kim, who received Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar honors last season, played in 11 tournaments last season, while recording a 72.94 scoring average … Kim, the 2017 SoCon medalist, won the 2017 Wofford Invitational en route to earning SoCon Player and Student-Athlete of the Week honors.
Rhea is coming off his showing at the U.S. Amateur in which he advanced to the round of 64 in match play … The Jonesborough, Tenn. native finished with the third lowest scoring average among freshmen (73.91) and finished sixth at the SoCon Championship … Rhea posted his best collegiate showing on his home course at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, where he fired an 10-under-par 206, which placed him tied for fourth … The score marked the third-lowest mark by a Buccaneer in the 20-year history of the tournament.
Joining Kim as the Bucs’ other upperclassman is redshirt junior Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) … Hulbert has played in 22 collegiate tournaments for the Blue and Gold over the past two seasons and recorded a 73.66 scoring average a year ago … The SoCon All-Academic Team member finished third at the Wofford Invitational last season, which tied his lowest collegiate finish while he also played third at the 2017 SoCon Championship.
Zack Ford (Cochranton, Pa.) and Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) also return for the Bucs in the 2018-19 … Ford, who redshirted last season, played in seven tournaments during his freshman year en route to totaling a 76.4 scoring average … Carter registered a 75.21 scoring average in 10 tournaments for the Bucs during his first season.
Freshman Dhaivat Pandya (Dayton, Ohio) is the lone freshman on the Bucs’ roster … Pandya set the lowest scoring average at Centerville High School, while tying the nine-hole scoring record (32) … Pandya won the 2015 Golfweek Jr. Tour event and was the first round leader at the AJGA Memorial Junior.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The 54-hole event will feature 36 holes of play on Saturday and an 18-hole final round on Sunday, with tee times beginning at 7:35 a.m. ET on Saturday and 7:55 a.m. ET on Sunday.
The Duke University Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and is a 7,154-yard layout.
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.
Wake Forest won the tournament last season, with Oregon’s Norman Xiong and Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris sharing medalist honors.
This marks the fifth time ETSU has played in the Rod Myers Invitational as the Bucs played in 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2017.
Shiso Go led the Blue and Gold in his collegiate debut at this event last year as he finished tied for 26th.
Joining the Bucs and Blue Devils in this year’s field are Cincinnati, East Carolina, Florida Southern, Florida State, Liberty, Nebraska, North Carolina, UNC Greensboro, Penn State, Princeton and Virginia Tech.
Five teams in this weekend’s field finished ranked in the top-50 in the final 2018 Golfstat Rankings – No. 17 Duke, No. 20 North Carolina, No. 25 Florida State, No. 39 Penn State and No. 42 Liberty.
ETSU will use the lineup of No. 1 Geuntae Kim, No. 2 Shiso Go, No. 3 Jack Rhea, No. 4 Trevor Hulbert and No. 5 Dhaivat Pandya to open the fall campaign.
After redshirting last season, Zack Ford will play as an individual this weekend.
The Bucs will be paired with Virginia Tech and UNCG on Saturday … The teams will tee off starting on hole No. 10 beginning at 8:22 a.m.
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.