Gradecki, Meronk lead Bucs at Gopher Invitational
Junior Mateusz Gradecki finished tied for 17th ETSU's season opener at the Gopher Invitational.
Gradecki, Meronk lead Bucs at Gopher Invitational
Monday, September 14, 2015

ETSU finishes tied for seventh in season opener

INDEPENDENCE, Minn. (Sept. 14, 2015)Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) and Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) led the 28th-ranked ETSU men’s golf team as the Buccaneer duo finished tied for 17th at the Gopher Invitational on Monday at Windsong Farm Golf Club. 

Following his opening round 77, Gradecki recorded back-to-back 72s to finish 8-over-par 221, while Meronk – who led the Blue and Gold in the first two rounds on Sunday – dipped nine spots down the leaderboard after posting a 6-over-par 77 in Monday’s final round. 

As a team, the Blue and Gold finished tied for seventh with Big Ten foe Michigan State in their season opener. ETSU ended with a three-round score of 890 (293-298-299). 

Oklahoma swept both the team and individual titles as the 18th-ranked Sooners had three golfers finish in the top 10. The Sooners won the tournament by 21 strokes over No. 23 California as Oklahoma finished 2-over-par 854 (288-284-282). Individually, teammates Max McGreevy and Luke Kwon placed one-two as McGreevy carded a 5-under 66 on Monday to leap Kwon for individual medalist honors. McGreevy defeated Kwon by three shots as he finished the tournament at 7-under-par 209. 

McGreevy and Kwon were the only two golfers to finish with a 54-hole score below par as Baylor’s Andreas Gjesteby and Iowa State’s Nick Voke finished tied for third at 2-over-par 215. 

Seniors Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) and Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) made up ETSU’s other countable scores. Kristjansson tied for 35th at 11-over-par 224 (71-76-77) and Hickman tied for 39th at 12-over-par 225 (75-77-73). Red-shirt freshman Conor Rodrigues (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) made his collegiate debut and tied for 67th. 

The Bucs return to action next week when ETSU defends its title at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational. The 54-hole, two-day tournament begins Monday, Sept. 21 in Toledo, Ohio. 

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