STANFORD, Calif. (May 13, 2019) -- Playing in their first-ever NCAA Regional, ETSU sophomores Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) and Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) completed play in round one on Monday afternoon from the Stanford Golf Course.
In a field that features 75 golfers, including nine ranked in the top-50, Go sits tied for 25th at 1-over-par 71, while Rhea is one stroke back in a tie for 38th.
Go started out the day strong as he carded two pars and followed it up with consecutive birdies on No. 3 and No. 4 en route to moving to two-under. The Buccaneer sophomore gave a shot back on the par-4, 429-yard No. 6, but strung together five consecutive pars to remain at one-under through his first 11 holes. However, Go then posted a double-bogey on the par-4, 473-yard No. 12, while going par-birdie, bogey, before ending the round with three straight pars to finish with the 71.
Rhea began his round with three pars and three bogeys, but then collected his third eagle of the season on the par-5, 539-yard No. 7 to get back to one-over for the round. Before making the turn – where the Jonesborough, Tenn. native registered nine consecutive pars on the back nine – Rhea bogeyed the par-4, 365-hard No. 9, which resulted with his 72.
The field is chasing Southern Utah’s Jake Vincent – who is also playing as an individual – as he carded a 6-under-par 64. Vincent holds a two-shot lead over a group of three golfers, while a group of four are three off the pace at 3-under 66.
Tournament host and No. 12 Stanford holds the team lead after day one as the Cardinal finished at 6-under 274 and hold a one-shot lead over UNCG and a four-stroke advantage over Georgia Southern.
The top individual from a non-advancing team will earn a spot in the NCAA Championship, which will be held May 24-29 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Second round play begins Tuesday morning at 11:30 a.m. ET, while Rhea goes out at 1:42 p.m. ET and Go heads out at 1:54.
For more on ETSU men’s golf throughout the 2019 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.