ALPHARETTA, Ga. (Oct. 19, 2017) – The ETSU men’s golf team gears up for its toughest test of the fall season as the Buccaneers begin play at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate on Friday morning from the Lakeside Course.
ABOUT THE BUCS
The Bucs are coming off a strong finish at last weekend’s Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate where the Blue and Gold played the final two rounds at 16-under en route to finishing the tournament at 7-under-par 857 (297-273-287).
Freshman Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) is coming off his best collegiate performance of his young career as he finished tied for fourth at 10-under-par 206 (70-65-71), marking the third-lowest 54-hole score by a Buccaneer in the 20-year history of the tournament.
Fellow freshman Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) set the single-round tournament record at last weekend’s Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate as he fired a 9-under 63 on Saturday, which also tied the lowest individual score in program history.
Both Go and Rhea have the lowest scoring averages among freshman in the Southern Conference (with nine or more rounds played) … Overall, Go is tied for fourth at 72.67 and Rhea is sixth at 73.22.
This weekend marks the Bucs’ fourth tournament this fall, while ETSU wraps up its fall season next weekend in Hawaii.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate, formerly called the United States Collegiate Championship, is being played Friday through Sunday at the Golf Club of Georgia.
Competition begins at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Virginia and Texas were co-champions of last year's tournament, while Oklahoma’s Max McGreevy earned medalist honors. Both teams are back to defend their title, while a new individual winner will be crowned as McGreevy graduated in May.
This marks the 13th straight year ETSU is playing in the prestigious tournament.
ABOUT THE FIELD
The Bucs are joined by Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, UCLA, UNLV, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Five teams are ranked in the top-10 of either the Golfstat or Golfweek rankings, while 10 are ranked in the top-25, including top-ranked Oklahoma State. The other remaining nine teams ranked in the top-25 are: No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 4 Georgia Tech, No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 Wake Forest, No. 13 Stanford, No. 16 Clemson, No. 21 Duke, No. 22 UCLA and No. 23 Florida State.
Individually, Stanford’s Bandon Wu is ranked second in the country via Golfstat, while eight golfers are ranked in the top-25 and 14 in the top-50 of the Golfstat Player Rankings.
ETSU’s lineup features Jack Rhea (No. 1), Shiso Go (No. 2), Austin Carter (No. 3), Geuntae Kim (No. 4) and Trevor Hulbert (No. 5).
The Bucs’ lineup consists of three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior.
The Bucs are grouped with No. 42 TCU and No. 84 Virginia, and tee off from No. 1 starting at 9 a.m.
Live scoring of all three rounds will be provided via Golfstat, while recaps for each day will be provided on ETSUBucs.com.
Twitter updates will also be available by following @ETSU_MGolf.
For more information on ETSU men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.