KAUAI, Hawaii (Oct. 27, 2018)– The ETSU men’s golf team heads to Hawaii to conclude its fall campaign, as the Buccaneers gear up for the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, which begins Sunday at the Princeville Makai Golf Club.
ABOUT THE BUCS
This marks the sixth tournament this fall for the Blue and Gold, which began back on Sept. 8 at the Rod Myers Invitational.
Sophomores Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) and Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) have led the Bucs twice this fall, while senior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) paced ETSU last weekend at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate … Kim finished tied for 17th at the season-opening event in Durham, N.C., while finishing runner-up two weeks ago at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate … Rhea led ETSU back-to-back weeks at the Louisville Cardinal Class and the Old Town Collegiate Invitational.
ETSU has recorded one tournament win this fall as the Bucs claimed their first-ever title at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate … The Blue and Gold totaled the second-lowest team score in tournament history at 32-under-par 832.
Through five fall tournaments, Go, Kim and Rhea all have stroke averages below 72.0 … Go and Kim both have identical marks at 71.33, while Rhea is just behind at 71.6.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be held at the Princeville Makai Golf Club from Oct. 28-30.
The course is par-72, 7,233 yards.
Louisville returns to defend its team title as the Cardinals posted a 56-under-par 808 en route to winning by nine shots over San Diego State.
Louisville’s Simon Zach, who earned medalist honors at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, won last year’s tournament in Hawaii at 21-under-par 195.
This is the seventh straight year the Bucs are playing in this tournament, with their best finish coming in 2012 when ETSU placed fourth.
Joining ETSU in this year’s field are Army, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Denver, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Louisville, Loyola Marymount, McNesse, Mississippi, Missouri, Pepperdine, Purdue, Sam Houston State, San Diego, UAB, UMKC and Utah Valley.
Four teams are ranked in the top-50 via the Golfstat Rankings – No. 11 Pepperdine, No. 15 Louisville, No. 37 Ole Miss and No. 44 Purdue.
ETSU’s lineup this week features No. 1 Shiso Go, No. 2 Jack Rhea, No. 3 Geuntae Kim, No. 4 Trevor Hulbert, and No. 5 Austin Carter.
Freshman Dhaivat Pandya (Dayton, Ohio) will play as an individual.
The Bucs’ lineup features three sophomores, one junior and one senior.
ETSU is paired with Hawaii, Pepperdine and Sam Houston State in Sunday’s opening round … ETSU tees off at 2 p.m. EDT.
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 on ETSU men’s golf throughout the 2018 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.