LA QUINTA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2019 -- Coming off a fall season that saw the Buccaneers win the 21st annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, the ETSU men’s golf team opens its spring schedule this week when the Blue and Gold gear up for The Prestige presented by Charles Schwab. Tournament play begins Monday at the PGA West Greg Norman Course.
Please note, the second and third rounds will be video streamed via Golfweek. Click here to access live video stream.
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU is coming off a fall season where the Bucs played in six tournaments, including a first-ever win of their home tournament – the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate back on Oct. 14.
The Bucs were last in action Oct. 28-30 at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational, where sophomore Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) led the Blue and Gold with a top 20 finish.
Go posted three top 20 finishes in the fall, including a runner-up showing at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate … The Buccaneer sophomore led the Bucs with a 71.11 stroke average this past fall.
Fellow sophomore Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and senior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) were just behind their teammate in stroke average … Rhea posted a 71.44 stroke average and Kim registered a 71.89 mark … Overall, the Buccaneer trio ranked fourth, fifth and sixth among SoCon players in stroke average.
Like Go, Rhea also played in all six fall tournaments, and posted consecutive top 20 finishes at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge (T15) and Old Town Club Collegiate (T20) … Kim finished tied for 10th at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.
Redshirt junior Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) played in all six tournaments this fall and recorded his lowest collegiate round in the opener of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate where he fired a 6-under 66 … Hulbert went on to finish tied for 12th in the tournament.
Overall, the Bucs’ roster features one senior, one junior, four sophomores and one freshman.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
This week marks the 19th anniversary of the tournament and the 15th at PGA West.
The overall event begins with a junior clinic, college-am tournament and celebration dinner on Sunday; followed by 18-hole rounds on each of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. An awards luncheon then will take place at the Greg Norman Clubhouse Patio after the conclusion of Wednesday’s final round.
The 2019 edition has added excitement for fans outside the area, as Golfweek will host live streaming coverage of Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s final two rounds, with Will Haskett and Steve Scott on the call, and Lance Ringler providing analysis. This coverage supplements the live scoring found via GolfStat.
The course is par-71, 7,100 yards.
This marks the fourth straight year ETSU is playing in the prestigious tournament with the Bucs’ best finish coming last season where they finished tied for eighth.
Oklahoma State returns to defend its title as the reigning national champions edged Pepperdine by one stroke to win the 2018 team title
The tournament traditionally boasts one of the strongest fields in all of college golf. PGA Tour stars Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Gary Woodland, Brandt Snedeker, Luke Donald, Patrick Rodgers and Kevin Chappell are among those who have competed in The Prestige and gone on to successful professional careers.
As usual, the Prestige offers a tough field, including No. 1-ranked and defending NCAA champions Oklahoma State, plus Top 20 teams Pepperdine (No. 13), LSU (No. 16) and Arkansas (No. 18).
The entire field features ETSU, UC Davis, Arkansas, Iowa State, LSU, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Stanford, Stirling (Scotland), UCLA and Utah.
Overall, nine teams are ranked in the top 50 – joining the top 20 teams are No. 32 Oregon , No. 34 Northwestern, No. 38 Stanford, No. 43 UCLA and No. 46 Iowa State.
OSU’s Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff hold the top two slots in Golfweek’s individual Sagarin rankings, respectively. Pepperdine’s Clay Feagler (No. 26) and Joshua McCarthy (No. 45), Oregon’s Edwin Yi (No. 32), Oklahoma State’s Zach Bauchou (No. 39), Stanford’s Brandon Wu (No. 49) and Iowa’s Alex Schaake (No. 50) also pepper the field with national Top 50 talent.
ETSU’s lineup this week features No. 1 Jack Rhea, No. 2 Shiso Go, No. 3 Geuntae Kim, No. 4 Trevor Hulbert, and No. 5 Austin Carter.
The Bucs’ lineup features three sophomores, one junior and one senior.
ETSU is paired with Notre Dame and Stirling (Scotland) in Monday’s opening round … ETSU tees off at 12:20 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 2019 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.