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KAUAI, Hawaii (Nov. 5, 2014) – Junior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) put the finishing touches on an outstanding fall season as the 15th-ranked golfer tied for seventh at the Warrior Princeville Invitational, which concluded on Wednesday at the Makai Golf Club.
Meronk, who led the Bucs in all six of their fall tournaments, won two individual titles and also posted five top-10 finishes. The Buccaneer leader registered his lowest collegiate 54-hole score this week in Hawaii, as Meronk fired a 13-under-par 203 (70-66-67) and tallied 18 birdies, marking the fourth-most in the tournament. Meronk’s previous best 54-hole total was a 208, which was set back in October when he earned a share of the championship at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.
As a team, the Blue and Gold carded a 6-under-par 282 in the final round and tallied a three-round score of 21-under-par 843 (284-277-282) en route to placing seventh in the 15-team field. ETSU’s team score was its lowest since posting the same result when the Bucs won the 2013 Wolfpack Intercollegiate.
Georgia Tech led wire-to-wire and ran away with the team title, as the 11th-ranked Yellow Jackets recorded a 24-under 264 on Wednesday and finished the tournament at 55-under-par 809 (272-273-264). The Yellow Jackets won the championship by 15 shots over No. 28 Arizona State and by 17 strokes over No. 42 Louisville.
Pepperdine’s Frederick Wedel also never gave up his lead after taking over the top spot following Monday’s opening round, as he earned medalist honors by finishing at 20-under-par 196 (64-63-69). Wedel won by three shots over Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans and San Diego’s Grant Forrest. Wedel accounted for four of Pepperdine’s nine eagles on the week, while Forrest led all players with 23 birdies.
Senior Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) shot an even-par 72 in Wednesday’s final round and tied for 24th at 4-under-par 212 (72-68-72), while sophomore Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland) and junior Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) tied for 36th at 2-under-par 214.
The Bucs open their 2015 spring season on Feb. 22 when ETSU heads to San Juan for the Puerto Rico Classic.
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