WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 25, 2018) – For the second straight tournament, ETSU sophomore Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) led the ETSU men’s golf team as the Jonesborough native recorded a top-20 finish at this week’s Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational.
Rhea, who led the Blue and Gold with a top-15 finish last time out at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge, posted his second straight round of even-par 70 on Tuesday en route to finishing tied for 20th at 2-under-par 208 to conclude play at the Old Town Golf Club in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Buccaneer sophomore overcame a bumpy start as he was 3-over thru nine; however, Rhea birdied three of his final eight holes to register his second straight top-20 showing. Rhea finished the tournament 1-under on the par-4s and 3-under on the par-5s, while totaling 40 pars and eight birdies over the 54-hole tournament.
Despite beginning the day one shot off the lead, Louisville’s Matthias Schmid claimed medalist honors after firing a 7-under 63 on Tuesday to win by three strokes over day one leader Eric Bae of Wake Forest. Schmid ended the tournament at 18-under-par 192.
The 14th-ranked Cardinals also took home the team title after leapfrogging host Wake Forest to win by one shot. Louisville carded an 11-under 269 in the final round to finish at 30-under-par 810. Schmid birdied the final two holes to give the Cardinals the win.
Meanwhile, junior Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) led the Blue and Gold in the final round as he shot 2-under 68 to jump 14 spots into a tie for 35th at 2-over-par 212. Hulbert collected two birdies, six pars and one bogey on both the front and back nine to total the 68. Senior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) tied for 26th at even-par 210 (71-68-71).
As team, ETSU totaled a 2-under 278 on Tuesday and finished ninth at 2-under-par 838 (279-281-278). The Bucs finished ahead of Big Ten foe Maryland (+3) and ACC participant Virginia Tech (+12)
The Bucs will now prepare for their home tournament – Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate – which will be held Oct. 12-14 at the Blackthorn Club at The Ridges.
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