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Men’s golf gears up for General Hackler Championship
Sunday, March 10, 2013
First two rounds will be played Monday; Championship decided Tuesday from TPC Myrtle Beach
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (March 10, 2013) – After nearly a three week break from competition, the ETSU men’s golf team returns to action on Monday when the Bucs head to South Carolina for the General Hackler Championship.
The two-day tournament will be held at the TPC Myrtle Beach with 36 holes contested on Monday and the final round being played on Tuesday.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
- The last time the Bucs were in action was back on Feb. 19 when the Blue and Gold finished 11th (of 15 teams) in the Puerto Rico Classic, from the River Course at the Rio Mar Country Club.
- Sophomore Scott Gibson (Southerness, Scotland) finished the tournament strong and hopes to build off that performance this week in South Carolina. Gibson – who carded an 82 in the opening round – played the final 36 holes at even-par. After posting a 1-over-par 73 in the second round, Gibson finished the tournament with a 1-under 71 to tie for 55th.
ABOUT THE THIS WEEK’S TOURNAMENT
- The Bucs have had a lot of success at the General Hackler Championship, as ETSU won the 2006 and 2010 team championships.
- The teams will play 36 holes on Monday, with the final 18 being contested Tuesday.
- Coastal Carolina is the host school for the tournament.
- Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) tied for second in last year’s championship with a three-round score of 2-over-par 215, while Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) tied for 18th with a score of 222.
- An Atlantic Sun school will look to be crowned team champion for the third time in the last four years – UNF (2012) and ETSU (2010).
- The field is consists of 11 teams – Arkansas, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, ETSU, Florida Gulf Coast, Gardner-Webb, Kent State, Lamar, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee, and UTEP.
- Arkansas (19th), Kent State (24th), Tennessee (31st), and Coastal Carolina (47th) are all ranked in the top-50 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
- After playing the championship at the DeBordieu Club in 2012, the General Hackler returns to the TPC Myrtle Beach this year.
- The TPC Myrtle Beach is a par-72, 6,950-yard course. The course was designed by Tom Fazio, and it takes players through rustic wetlands, tall pines and features picturesque and demanding par-3s.
- The course is rated as one of the most difficult and best maintained courses in the nation's capital of golf, Myrtle Beach. It was also recently awarded five stars by Golf Digest, which is the only course on the Grand Strand to receive such an honor.
- Gibson and Pugh will be joined by freshmen Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland), Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland). In addition, sophomore Tom Heggarty (Cheshire, England) will play as an individual.
- ETSU will be the first group on the course Monday morning as the Bucs tee off at 7:40.
- The Bucs – who will start on the front nine – are grouped with Coastal Carolina and Tennessee.
Fans can follow all the scoring live on Golfstat.com, while full recaps with scores will be available at ETSUBucs.com at the conclusion of play each day.
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