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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 4, 2015) – Junior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) and senior Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) both moved into the top-10 and the ETSU men’s golf team is tied for fifth after second round play at the Mason Rudolph Championship on Saturday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
Meronk and Pugh began the day in a tie for 17th, but the Buccaneer duo combined for five birdies and two bogeys en route to making a move up the leaderboard.
Meronk, Golfweek’s 20th-ranked golfer, carded a 3-under 68 (four birdies and one bogey) to leap into a three-way tie for third at 3-under-par 139, while Pugh registered his second straight round of even-par – placing him into a tie for seventh – with a 36-hole score of 142. Meronk enters the final round two shots back of the individual leader and Pugh is five strokes back.
As a team, the 39th-ranked Buccaneers recorded a 4-over 288, and climbed into a tie for fifth-place with No. 48 Louisville at 11-over-par 579. ETSU’s score of 288 on Saturday marked the third lowest round out of the 14-team field.
ETSU enters Sunday’s final round 12 shots back of team-leader and tournament host Vanderbilt. The fifth-ranked Commodores were 3-over 287 on Saturday and hold a three-stroke lead over No. 11 Georgia Tech at 1-under-par 567.
Individually, Louisville’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist holds a one-shot lead over Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewart at 5-under-par 137. Sciot-Siegrist, the 80th-ranked player via Golfstat, fired a 4-under 67 on Saturday, while Stewart, who is ranked No. 3 nationally, posted a 3-under 68 in round two.
Other ETSU notables included junior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and sophomore Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland). Gradecki jumped 17 spots up the board as he’s tied for 30th and Kristjansson is tied for 44th.
The Bucs tee off at 9:45 a.m. (ET) on Sunday and will be grouped with Louisville and Kennesaw State.
Live scoring of the tournament can be accessed via Golfstat.
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