RALEIGH, N.C. (April 16, 2016) – Led by the dominating play of senior Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland), the ETSU men’s golf team sits in fourth-place following the first two rounds of the Wolfpack Spring Intercollegiate, which got underway on Saturday from the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
Meronk, who tied his lowest collegiate score with a 66 in round two, sits in second-place after totaling a 36-hole score of 7-under-par 135. Following a 2-under 69 in round one, Meronk fired a 5-under 66 to move four spots up the leaderboard. Overall, Meronk posted scores of par or better in 33 of the 36 holes on Saturday – including his ETSU-best 18th career eagle on the par-5, 549-yard No. 15 in the second round. To go with the eagle, Meronk recorded eight birdies, 24 pars and three bogeys on day one of the tournament.
Despite his exceptional performance on Saturday, Meronk is still six shots off the lead as North Carolina State’s David Cooke sits atop the player leaderboard at 13-under-par 129. After opening the tournament with a 9-under 62 in round one, Cooke – who aced the par-3, 163-yard No. 6 in the afternoon session – carded a 4-under 67 to finish 13-under after 36 holes of play.
With three golfers in the top-3, tournament host and 37th-ranked NC State holds the team lead at 24-under-par 544 (266-278). After registering an 18-under-par 266 in round one, the Wolfpack shot a 6-under-par 278 in the afternoon and leads No. 15 South Florida by nine shots. USF went low in round two as the Bulls fired a 20-under-par 264 en route to moving to 15-under-par 553 (289-264) for the tournament. Virginia is in third as the 21st-ranked Cavaliers finished the first two rounds at even-par 568 (290-278).
ETSU, who is coming off a win at the Greenbrier Invitational on Tuesday, sits behind the three teams at 8-over-par 576 (293-283), while the Buccaneers were only one of four teams to finish below par in round two. The Blue and Gold carded a 1-under-par 283 in the nightcap.
Senior Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) is tied for 24th at 4-over-par 146 (74-72), while junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) is tied for 37th at 6-over-par 148 (75-73). Freshman Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) posted consecutive rounds of 75 placing him in a tie for 52nd, and after opening the day with an 83 in round one, sophomore Cayman Ratliff (Kingsport, Tenn.) battled back to record a 1-over 72 in round two.
Sunday’s final round gets underway at 8 a.m., while ETSU takes the course at 8:45. The Bucs are paird with Loyola-Maryland and MTSU.
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