MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 10, 2019) -- After making its spring debut last month out west, the ETSU men’s golf team now heads to the east coast as the Buccaneers gear up for the General Hackler Championship, which gets underway on Monday from The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU is playing in its second tournament of the spring season as the Bucs finished tied for the 10th at The Prestige presented by Charles Schwab back on Feb. 20.
Redshirt junior Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) led the Blue and Gold at The Prestige as he finished tied for 19th at 5-over-par 218 (72-71-75).
Sophomore Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.), who has posted top-25 finishes in six of his seven tournaments this season, leads ETSU with a 71.67 stroke average … Rhea finished tied for 24th at The Prestige.
Fellow sophomore Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) is second on the team with a 72.29 scoring average.
Go and Rhea rank fourth and sixth, respectively in the SoCon in stroke average, while senior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) is eighth (72.29).
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The teams will play 36 holes on Monday and conclude the tournament with the final round on Tuesday from The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.
The course is par-72, 7,233 yards.
Both days will begin at 7:40 a.m. with double-tee starts.
Georgia Tech swept both the team and individual titles in 2018 as the Yellow Jackets took the team title by five strokes over Texas A&M at 848, while Chris Petefish won by two shots over teammate Noah Norton and Virginia’s Andrew Orischak … Petefish totaled a 54-hole score of 7-under-par 209 … Georgia Tech will not return to defend its title this season.
ETSU won the 2006 and 2010 General Hackler Championship team titles, while former Buccaneer All-American Rhys Davies holds the tournament record at 10-under-par 206, set in 2007. Davies also won in 2005, while Olympian and PGA Tour player ETSU won the 2006 and 2010 General Hackler Championship team titles, while former Buccaneer All-American Rhys Davies holds the tournament record at 10-under-par 206, set in 2007. Davies also won in 2005, while Olympian and PGA Tour player Seamus Power earned medalist honors at this tournament in 2010.
Coastal Carolina is the tournament host.
Joining ETSU in this year’s field includes Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Georgia, Kent State, Kentucky, Liberty, Louisville, North Florida, North Texas, Northern Illinois, Texas A&M and Wake Forest.
Six teams are ranked in the top-50 of the Golfstat or Golfweek rankings, including three in the top-20 – No. 6 Wake Forest, No. 12 Georgia, No. 18 North Florida, No. 22 Louisville, No. 23 Texas A&M and No. 25 Liberty.
Five golfers are ranked in the top-30 in the Golfweek rankings – No. 8 Trent Phillips (Georgia), No. 21 Eric Bae (Wake Forest), No. 24 Chandler Phillips (Texas A&M), No. 25 Phillip Knowles (UNF) and No. 26 Matthias Schmid (Louisville).
The Buccaneer lineup features: Trevor Hulbert (No. 1), Jack Rhea (No. 2), Geuntae Kim (No. 3), Shiso Go (No. 4) and Dhaivat Pandya (No. 5).
ETSU’s lineup consists of one freshman, two sophomores, one junior and one senior.
Sophomore Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) will play as an individual.
The Bucs tee off Monday at 8:20 a.m. from No. 10 and will be grouped with East Carolina and group of individuals.
Golfstat will carry live scoring of all three rounds, while recaps each day will be provided on ETSUBucs.com.
Twitter updates will also be provided 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.