STATESBORO, Ga. (March 24, 2019) -- After wrapping up play at The General Hackler Championship on Tuesday, the ETSU men’s golf team gears up for a quick turnaround as the Blue and Gold head to Statesboro, Ga. for the Schenkel Invitational, which gets underway Friday morning from the Forest Heights Country Club.
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU is preparing for its third tournament this spring and coming off play just three days ago where the Bucs were competing at The General Hackler Championship.
Senior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) and sophomore Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the Blue and Gold in Myrtle Beach as they both finished tied for 29th at 3-over-par 219.
Kim used a second-round score of 3-under 69 to help post a top-30 finish, while Carter turned in a strong finish with his lowest collegiate round at 5-under 67 to move 38 spots up the leaderboard in Tuesday’s final round … Carter’s 5-under was the second-lowest score of the final round.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The tournament is a three-day, 54-hole event as golfers will play 18 holes Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Due to inclement weather expected to hit the area on Friday afternoon, tee times will begin at 8:30 p.m. from No. 1 and 10 … Teams will begin Saturday at 9 a.m., while Sunday’s final round begins at 8:30 a.m.
The course is par-72, 6,962 yards.
The first year of the tournament was in 1971 with several individual champions of this tournament going on to play on the PGA Tour, including Justin Thomas (won in 2013), Bubba Watson (2000), Scott Verplank (1984), Bob Tway (1981), Hal Sutton (1980), Andy Bean (1977) and Curtis Strange (1974).
Vanderbilt swept both the team and individual titles last year but the Commodores will not be back to defend their titles.
The Bucs are making their 18th appearance in this tournament with ETSU posting top-five finishes in 1975 and 1980 … Individually, Chris Wisler has the Bucs’ top individual finish at this tournament when he placed tied for third in 2001, while Mike Hulbert finished tied for fourth in 1980.
Georgia Southern is the tournament host.
Joining ETSU and Georgia Southern in the tournament field are Notre Dame, Kentucky, Minnesota, College of Charleston, Mississippi State, UAB, Virginia Tech, Maryland, MTSU, Georgia State, Army West Point and Lipscomb.
Six teams are ranked in the top-75 via Golfstat or Golfweek Rankings and nine in the top-100 – No. 50 Mississippi State, No. 56 Georgia Southern No. 58 College of Charleston, No. 67 UAB, No. 71 Kentucky, No. 74 Minnesota, No. 76 Notre Dame, No. 83 ETSU and No. 86 Maryland.
Three individual golfers are ranked in the top-65 of the Golfstat Rankings – No. 27 Peng Pichaikool (Mississippi State), No. 35 Steven Fisk (Georgia Southern) and No. 61 Lukas Euler (Kentucky).
ETSU’s lineup features No. 1 Geuntae Kim, No. 2 Trevor Hulbert, No. 3 Jack Rhea, No. 4 Shiso Go and No. 5 Austin Carter.
The Bucs’ lineup consists of one senior, one junior and three sophomores.
ETSU will be paired with Mississippi State and UAB in Friday’s opening round, and tee off from No. 1 starting at 10 a.m.
Recaps will be available following each round on ETSUBucs.com.
For more on ETSU men’s golf throughout the 2019 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.