STATESBORO, Ga. (March 15, 2018) – For the second straight weekend the ETSU men’s golf team will be in action, as the Buccaneers head to Statesboro, Ga. for the Schenkel Invitational, which begins Friday morning at Forest Heights Country Club.
ABOUT THE BUCS
This weekend marks the second straight tournament for the Bucs and the third of the spring season ... ETSU wrapped up play at the General Hackler Championship last Sunday in Myrtle Beach … The Blue and Gold opened the spring campaign last month at The Prestige at PGA West out in La Quinta, Calif.
Freshman Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) led the Bucs last weekend at the General Hackler Championship as the Buccaneer rookie finished tied for 31st at 3-over-par 219.
Go enters the weekend as the Bucs’ leader in scoring average at 72.80 … Go ranks second in the Southern Conference in scoring average, while he has the lowest mark among SoCon freshmen.
Junior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) and freshman Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) are tied for ninth in scoring average among SoCon players at 73.35.
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.
Florida is the defending champion as the Gators defeated Georgia Southern by two strokes and Vanderbilt by three last year … The Gators return to defend their title.
Sophomore Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) led the Bucs at last year’s tournament as he finished tied for 18th at 2-under-par 214.
The Bucs have played in this tournament 10 previous times … 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.
Georgia Southern is the tournament host.
The Bucs and Georgia Southern are joined by UAB, College of Charleston, Florida, Georgia State, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State, Notre Dame, Richmond and Vanderbilt.
Four teams are ranked in the top-50 of either the Golfstat or Golfweek Rankings, including No. 3 Vanderbilt, No. 4 Florida, No. 30 Kentucky, and No. 35 NC State,
Individually, six golfers are ranked in the top-50, four in the top-25 and one in the top-10.
ETSU’s lineup this week includes No. 1 Shiso Go, No. 2 Geuntae Kim, No. 3 Trevor Hulbert, No. 4 Jack Rhea and No. 5 Kevin Burns.
The Bucs’ lineup features one junior, two sophomores and two freshmen.
The Bucs are grouped with Minnesota and Mississippi State, and tee off from No. 10 at 8:51 a.m.
Live scoring for all three rounds will be provided via Golfstat.
Recaps and scores will be posted on ETSUBucs.com following each round, while Twitter updates can be accessed by following @ETSU_MGolf.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf page.