Melecka Leads Bucs to Strong 2nd at Johnie Imes
Melecka Leads Bucs to Strong 2nd at Johnie Imes
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Freshman Wins Top Honors In Third Collegiate Tournament

COLUMBIA, Mo. (Oct. 3, 2017) – The ETSU women’s golf team put two players in the top three of the leaderboard – including medalist Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic) – and finished a solid second after the final two rounds of the Johnie Imes Invitational on Tuesday in Columbia, Mo.

Missouri, the home team, won its fourth straight Johnie Imes with a team score of 861, six better than ETSU. The Bucs shot 285 in the 2nd round and 287 in the 3rd – the 2nd-best out of 14 teams in each round.

ETSU’s Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) finished 3rd in the individual standings.

“This was a great show of ETSU pride this week,” said Bucs head coach Stefanie Shelton. “We talked about the belief it takes to win, and the team had great patience and belief this week. It’s very exciting to have such a strong team, and everyone contributed to this great performance.”

Melecka, whose 71 was the Bucs’ top round on Monday, bogeyed her first hole on Tuesday. But she then caught fire, dropping in five birdies over the next seven holes on the way to a 6-under par 66. It was the best round for the Bucs this fall season.

Melecka opened the final round with four birdies over her first six holes and carded a 69, putting her at 10-under 206 for the tournament, three shots better than Emma Allen of Missouri.

Melecka was one of only five golfers in the 75-player field to shoot par or better in all three rounds.

“Tereza proved that she belongs at the top of every leaderboard,” Shelton said. “She exceeded her own expectations and set personal bests with her 66 and her 10-under score.”

Loy went under par in both rounds Tuesday to finish four shots back of Melecka. She nearly matched Melecka in the 2nd round, starting her day with a birdie and posting six under-par holes to finish at 5-under 67. It was her best round of the season.

Loy overcame a triple-bogey on her second hole of the final round to shoot a 69, closing with four birdies over the last six holes.

Kornbongkoat Sararat (Nongkhai, Thailand) improved in each round. She followed her 76 on Monday with a 75 in her first round on Tuesday, and overcame bogeys on the first two holes of the last round to post a 74. Her 225 total put her in a five-way tie for 32nd.

Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore, India) went 77-79 on Tuesday, ending up at 230 and in a five-way tie for 48th.

Yeji Ahn (Chang Won City, South Korea) shot an 82 in the 2nd round, then went seven shots better in the 3rd with a 75 that included two birdies.  

The tournament was originally scheduled to have three rounds over three days, ending on Wednesday. But forecasts of severe weather on Wednesday convinced organizers to stage the two final rounds on Tuesday at par-72, 6204-yard The Club at Old Hawthorne.

The Bucs have one more event remaining on their fall schedule: The Kiawah Fall Invitational in Kiawah Island, S.C., starting on October 22.

 

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