STATESBORO, Ga. (March 16, 2017) – Coming off a rain-shortened event last weekend at the General Hackler Championship, the ETSU men’s golf team gears up for another test as the Buccaneers head to Statesboro, Ga., for the Schenkel Invitational, which begins Friday morning at Forest Heights Country Club.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) posted his third straight top-10 finish as the Buccaneer senior carded an even-par 144 to tie for ninth at last weekend’s General Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach S.C. Gradecki birded or parred 30 of his 36 holes as he carded six birdies and 24 pars, while playing the par-5s at 2-under-par.
The Bucs – who placed ahead of three teams ranked in the top-50 – finished tied for ninth … ETSU finished ahead of No. 3 Virginia, No. 42 Iowa State and No. 45 NC State.
ETSU freshman Ben Reichert (East Amherst, N.Y.) finished tied for 28th at 3-over-par 147 (72-75), while sophomore Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) tied for 54th at 7-over-par 151 (76-75).
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The Schenkel Invitational is a three-day, 54-hole tournament, which will be played at Forest Heights Country Club.
The teams will play 18 holes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday … Tee times for Friday and Saturday start at 9 a.m., while Sunday’s final round begins at 8 a.m.
The Forest Heights Country Club is par-72, 6,962-yards.
The tournament began in 1971 with Sammy Rachels of Columbus College winning the inaugural event, while the likes of Bubba Watson (2000), Curtis Strange (1974), Scott Verplank (1984), Bob Tway (1981), and Hal Sutton (1980) have also earned medalist honors at The Schenkel Invitational.
The tournament is named after Hall of Fame sportscaster Chris Schenkel.
Vanderbilt returns to defend its team title as the Commodores posted a 41-under-par 823 a year ago, marking the second-lowest team total in tournament history.
The Bucs have played in this tournament nine previous times with their last appearance coming in 2003 … Chris Wisler tied for third in the 2001 event, while ETSU finished tied for fourth in 1980 where Mike Hulbert paced the Blue and Gold.
Fourteen schools make up this weekend’s tournament field.
Joining ETSU, tournament host Georgia Southern and Vanderbilt are UAB, College of Charleston, Florida, Iowa, Jacksonville, Kansas State, Kentucky, Lipscomb, NC State, North Florida, and Notre Dame.
Overall, two teams are ranked in the top-10 – No. 1 Vanderbilt and No. 5 Florida – while seven teams are ranked in the top-50. Joining Vanderbilt and Florida in the top-50 are No. 32 Lipscomb, No. 36 North Florida, No. 38 Jacksonville, No. 41 Kentucky and No. 45 NC State.
Individually, one golfer is ranked in the top-10, three in the top-25, and six in the top-50.
ETSU’s lineup this weekend features Gradecki, Kim, Reichert, Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) and Zack Ford (Cochranton, Pa.).
The Bucs’ lineup features one senior, one sophomore, and three freshmen.
ETSU is paired with Jacksonville and Lipscomb. The Bucs tee off at 9:21 a.m.
Live scoring for all three rounds of the tournament will be available via Golfstat.com.
Full recaps with scores will be available on ETSUBucs.com after each day.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf page.