ETSU begins play at General Hackler Championship on Monday

Sunday, March 09, 2014

MURRELLS INLET, S.C.  (March 9, 2014) – The ETSU men’s golf team returns to action this week as the Bucs begin play at the General Hackler Championship on Monday from the TPC Myrtle Beach.


ETSU tied for ninth with Missouri, UNC Greensboro, and then-No. 32 SMU at the Puerto Rico Classic, which was held two weeks ago at the Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa’s River Course.

The Bucs were led by sophomore Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) as he tied for 16th after totaling a 4-under-par 212 (73-68-71) for the tournament.

Freshman Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland) looks to build off his final round score of 1-under 71, while sophomore Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) finished the Puerto Rico Classic at 2-under-par 214 (75-69-70) and tied for 27th.


The two-day tournament will be held at the TPC Myrtle Beach, which is home of the Coastal Carolina golf team. The course is a par-72, 6,950-yard layout.

The first two rounds will begin with a shotgun start on Monday at 9:00 a.m. The final round of the tournament concludes Tuesday morning at nine o’clock.

Kent State and Tennessee won a share of the team title in 2013 as they registered a team score of 9-over-par 873.

ETSU won the 2006 and 2010 General Hackler Championship team titles, and placed fifth in the tournament a year ago. Hickman (T14th) and Meronk (T17th) both recorded top-20 finishes in 2013.


The Bucs will be joined by host Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Iowa State, Kent State, Lamar, Louisville, MTSU, North Carolina, Northern Illinois, and UNC Wilmington.

Kent State (No. 22) and Iowa State (No. 47) are both ranked in the top-50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, while five of the teams were either 2013 NCAA Regional or NCAA Championship participants. Coastal Carolina and Kent State appeared in the NCAA Championships, and Duke, North Carolina and UNC Wilmington made the NCAA Regionals.  


Joining Meronk, Hickman and Gradecki in ETSU’s lineup are Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) and Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland).  

Junior Tom Heggarty (Cheshire, England) will compete as an individual.

The Bucs will be paired with Coastal Carolina and North Carolina on Monday.


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