WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2018) – The ETSU men’s golf team completed day one of the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational, which began Monday morning from the Old Town Golf Club in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.)led the Blue and Gold on Monday as the Buccaneer sophomore sits tied for 16th at 2-under-par 138 following the first two rounds of competition. The Jonesborough, Tenn. native fired a 2-under 68 in the opening round, while posting an even-par 70 in round two. Rhea was consistent the majority of the day as he totaled 30 pars to go along with four birdies and two bogeys. In the opening round, Rhea collected three birdies – including back-to-back on No. 4 & 5 – 14 pars and one bogey. In the nightcap, Rhea began the second round with 14 consecutive pars before recording a bogey on the par-3, 248-yard No. 15; however, he got the stroke back by securing a birdie on the par-5, 557-yard No. 17, which moved him back to even for the round.
Rhea enters Tuesday’s final round 10 shots off the lead as Wake Forest’s Eric Bae is the 36-hole leader at 12-under-par 128. Bae recorded consecutive rounds of 6-under 64, while Louisville’s Matthias Schmid is one shot back at 11-under-par 129.
The 27th-ranked Demon Deacons hold the team lead after registering a 23-under-par 537 on day one, while No. 14 Louisville is in second-place at 19-under-par 541 and Yale is in third at 10-under-par 550.
ETSU finished at even-par 560 following its first two rounds and is in eighth-place. The Bucs – who posted scores of 279 in round one and 281 in round two – are ahead of Maryland (+1), West Virginia (+2) and Virginia Tech (+6).
Senior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea)is tied for 22nd at 1-under-par 139, while sophomore Shiso Go(Kanagawa, Japan) and freshman Dhaivat Pandya (Dayton, Ohio) are tied for 49th at 4-over-par 144. After shooting a 1-over 71 in the opener, Kim bounced back with a 2-under 68 to move nine spots up the leaderboard. Kim bagged five birdies over a 10-hole stretch in the second round en route to firing his lowest round of the young season.
The Bucs will be paired with East Carolina and Maryland in Tuesday’s final round, which begins at 7:30 a.m.
Live scoring for the tournament is 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.
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