WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 23, 2018) – The ETSU men’s golf team will make its second trip to the Tar Heel state this fall season, as the Buccaneers begin play at the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational on Monday morning.
ABOUT THE BUCS
ETSU is gearing up for its third tournament of the fall season this week as the Bucs are coming of performances at the Rod Myers Invitational and most-recently the Louisville Cardinal Challenge.
Sophomore Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) – who is coming off a top-15 finish at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge – leads the Blue and Gold in stroke average through the first two tournaments of the campaign … Rhea has registered an average of 71.33 in six rounds of play this fall.
Fellow sophomore Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) led the Bucs in their season-opening tournament at the Rod Myers Invitational in Durham, N.C., where he finished tied for 17th at even-par 216 … Go has totaled a stroke average of 72.00 in ETSU’s first two outings of the year.
Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea), the lone senior of the Bucs’ roster, is right behind Go in stroke average at 72.67 … Kim has played in 35 tournaments over his ETSU career and has registered two wins – the 2017 SoCon Championship and 2018 Wofford Invitational.
Rhea and Go enter the tournament ranked in the top-10 among SoCon leaders in stroke average … Rhea is seventh and Go is 10th.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT
The tournament begins with the first two rounds on Monday, while the final round will be contested Tuesday from the Old Town Club … Tee times for both days begin at 7:30 a.m.
The Old Town Club is par-70, 6,966 yards.
Wake Forest serves as the tournament host … Old Town Club has served as the official home course of Wake Forest golf for many decades. Like Wake Forest, Old Town also maintains a rich golf tradition. Located immediately next door to the University campus, this 1939 Perry Maxwell masterpiece has just recaptured the attention of the golf world following a 2013 restoration by famed architects, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
The restoration served as a catalyst for one of the biggest jumps ever in Golfweek magazine's annual rankings. In 2014, Old Town catapulted an unprecedented 43 places up the chart to the 29th position in the country. That's the largest leap by any "classical" course in the history of the rankings. Still today, Old Town continues to climb to No. 23 on Golfweek's prestigious listing.
This year's OTC Collegiate Invitational will be the first collegiate tournament at the course since the 1962 ACC Championship.
Joining ETSU and Wake Forest in this week’s tournament include East Carolina, Louisville, Loyola (Md.), Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Yale.
Five teams in this week’s tournament are ranked in the top-75 of either the Golfstat or Golf week rankings … Those teams include No. 14 Louisville, No. 20 UNC, No. 27 Wake Forest, No. 63 Notre Dame, No. 75 East Carolina.
The Bucs’ lineup this week consists of No. 1 Jack Rhea, No. 2 Geuntae Kim, No. 3 Shiso Go, No. 4 Dhaivat Pandya and No. 5 Trevor Hulbert.
Sophomore Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) will play as an individual … Carter will go out at 7:40 a.m. from No. 1.
The Bucs will be paired with Louisville and Virginia Tech on Monday, and will tee off starting at 7:50 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.