ETSU sparks final round surge at Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational
ETSU sparks final round surge at Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Bucs fire 10-under 278 on Tuesday; Go finishes in top-20

KAUAI, Hawaii (Oct. 30, 2018) -- The ETSU men’s golf team enjoyed its final day in paradise.

The Buccaneers fired a blistering 10-under 278 in the final round of the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, while sophomore Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) posted a top-20 finish as ETSU wrapped up its fall season on Tuesday from the Maki Golf Club.

ETSU, who had all four of its countable scores come in at below-par in the final round, posted a 12th-place finish at 3-under-par 861 (289-294-278). The Bucs’ final round total was the third-lowest number on the day –finishing behind Louisville’s 16-under 272 – and Missouri and Cal State Fullerton’s 11-under 277.

Go paced the Blue and Gold as he carded a 4-under 68 in the final round en route to finish tied for 17th with a 54-hole score of 6-under-par 210 (71-71-68). The Buccaneer sophomore surged out of the gates as he played his first five holes at four-under-par thanks to registering two birdies as well as picking up his second eagle of the tournament, which came on the par-4, 338-yard No. 14. From there, Go went par, double-bogey, birdie, bogey over his next four holes, before playing the final six holes at two-under to post the 68. For the tournament, Go was one of eight golfers to record multiple eagles, while he also added 33 pars and 13 birdies on the week.

Go led ETSU in three of its six tournaments this fall, while turning in three top-20 finishes. The Buccaneer leader also finished tied for 17th at the Rod Myers Invitational, while placing runner-up at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, which the Bucs went on to win for the first time in the 21-year history of the tournament.

For the third straight day, the Blue and Gold had a player total seven birdies in a round as redshirt junior Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) took the honor on Tuesday. Hulbert, who birdied three consecutive holes down his stretch run, shot a 3-under 69 to jump 19 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 53rd at 1-over-par 217 (72-76-69).

Sophomore Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) – the first player to tally the seven birdies during the first two rounds – finished tied for 24th at 4-under-par 212 (72-69-71). Rhea recorded 17 birdies for the tournament after posting three more on Tuesday to finish with a 1-under 71 on the day.

Senior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) bounced back after a rough round on Monday by turning in a 2-under 70 and finished tied for 86th (+8). 

Pepperdine held off strong efforts from Missouri and Louisville to claim the team title. The 11th-ranked Waves turned in a three-day total of 28-under-par 836 (273-284-279) to defeat Missouri by two shots and No. 15 Louisville by three. Missouri posted its 11-under 277 on Tuesday to finish at 26-under-par 838, while Louisville went low at 16-under 272 to finish at 25-under-par 839. 

McNeese’s Blake Elliott claimed medalist honors by finishing at 18-under-par 198 (68-63-67), while Louisville’s John Murphy ended runner-up at 15-under-par 201 (71-65-65). 

ETSU will head west to open its spring season, which gets started Feb. 18 at The Prestige from La Quinta, Calif.

For more on ETSU men’s golf throughout the 2018-19 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.