ETSU men's golf team finishes 9th at Puerto Rico Classic
ETSU sophomore Chase Baldwin finished the Puerto Rico Classic with a team-best score of 2-under-par 70.
ETSU sophomore Chase Baldwin finished the Puerto Rico Classic with a team-best score of 2-under-par 70.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

PALMER, Puerto Rico (Feb. 25, 2003) - Shooting a 295 for their best single-round team score of the week, the East Tennessee State men's golf team placed ninth following final round play of the Puerto Rico Classic Tuesday at the Rio Mar Country Club in Palmer, P.R.

Bolstered by a 2-under-par 70 in the final round - the best individual round score for a Buccaneer player in the event -- sophomore Chase Baldwin (Plant City, Fla.) finished tied for 24th with scores of 76-76-70=212. Baldwin was joined by ETSU senior James Johnson(Barbados), who also finished the event tied for 24th (76-73-73=212).

While Oklahoma State pulled away for a 10-stroke victory over Minnesota in the team standings, the Bucs finished ahead of national golf powers like No. 15 Georgia, No. 12 Duke and No. 14 Purdue, and they tied with No. 13 Northwestern. ETSU finished with a final team score of 32-over-par, 300-301-295=896.

Along with Baldwin and Johnson, sophomore Cennydd Mills (Cardiff, Wales) finished 50th (76-76-75=227), true freshman Derek McNamara (Galway, Ireland) placed 56th (72-81-77=230), and sophomore Jeremy Hobson (Thonotosassa, Fla.) finished the event in 65th (79-76-78=233).

N.C. State's Justin Walters and Texas' Jason Hartwick tied for first place in the event after carding three-round scores of 5-under-par 211, followed by a batch of five players that finished third. That group included Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan, Georgia Tech Troy Matteson, Clemson's Gregg Jones, N.C. State's Fernando Mechereffe and Oklahoma State's Zack Robinson.

ETSU will be in action again March 10-11 at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Fla.

Puerto Rico Classic
Westin Rio Mar Country Club (Palmer, Puerto Rico)
Dates: 02/23 - 02/25 (Today: 02-24-2003)
Par: 72; Yardage: 6,954
Fin. School Scores
1 Oklahoma State 291-289-282=862 -2
2 Minnesota 291-286-295=872 +8
  Clemson 293-293-286=872 +8
  Texas 296-291-285=872 +8
5 Florida 300-291-283=874 +10
6 N.C. State 288-286-301=875 +11
7 Georgia Tech 301-289-292=882 +18
8 Oklahoma 316-288-291=895 +31
9 East Tennessee State 300-301-295=896 +32
  Northwestern 300-297-299=896 +32
11 Georgia 305-293-299=897 +33
12 Duke 304-301-299=904 +40
13 Colorado 310-297-300=907 +43
14 Kent State 311-303-295=909 +45
15 Purdue 316-299-299=914 +50
16 Illinois 316-306-306=928 +64
17 Virginia 325-313-311=949 +85
18 Michigan 328-319-313=960 +96
 
Individual Results
1 Justin Walters, N.C. State 70-70-71=211 -5
  Jason Hartwick, Texas 75-69-67=211 -5
3T Hunter Mahan, Okla. State 71-76-67=214 -2
  Troy Matteson, Ga. Tech 73-71-70=214 -2
  Gregg Jones, Clemson 74-69-71=214 -2
  Fernando Mechereffe, N.C. State 69-69-76=214 -2
  Zack Robinson, Okla. State 72-70-72=214 -2
 
ETSU individual scores
T 24 James Johnson 76-73-73=222 +6
T 24 Chase Baldwin 76-76-70=222 +6
T 50 Cennydd Mills 76-76-75=227 +11
T 56 Derek McNamara 72-81-77=230 +14
T 65 Jeremy Hobson 79-76-78=233 +17
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