STATESBORO, Ga. (March 15, 2019) -- With two players sitting in the top-10 – including junior Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) being tied for third – the ETSU men’s golf team is off to a solid start following opening round play of the Schenkel Invitational on Friday from Forest Heights Country Club.
As a team, the Bucs registered 65 pars, 10 birdies and two eagles en route to finishing the day in third-place at 3-under-par 285. ETSU, who held the lead at one-under following the turn, is two shots back of co-leaders No. 50 Mississippi State and College of Charleston. Notre Dame ended the day in fourth at even-par 288, while Kentucky sits in fifth at 1-over-par 289. Overall, ETSU led the 14-team field in pars and was one of three schools to register two eagles on the day.
Hulbert is pacing the Blue and Gold as he’s tied for third after firing at 3-under 69. After playing the first eight holes at two-over, Hulbert turned things around with back-to-back birdies on No. 9 and 10, while he collected one of the Bucs’ eagles on the par-5, 540-yard No. 12. From there, Hulbert birdied the par-4, 438-yard No. 17 and parred his final hole to walk away three shots off the lead.
Meanwhile, sophomore Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) picked up where he left off from Tuesday’s final round at the General Hackler Championship, as he is tied for ninth at 1-under 71. Carter, who fired a 5-under 67 in Myrtle Beach, tallied two birdies, 15 pars and one bogey in the opening round to help generate the Bucs’ positive start on Friday.
Individually, Mississippi State’s Peng Pichaikool – the No. 27-ranked golfer via Golfstat – is the 18-hole leader at 6-under 66. Pichaikool holds a two-shot lead over College of Charleston’s Logan Sowell, while Hulbert is one of three golfers tied for third at 3-under.
Senior Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) and sophomore Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) also gave the Bucs countable scores on Friday. Kim had an up-and-down afternoon as he started with three bogeys over his first five holes; however, he answered with three consecutive birdies on No. 8-10 to get back to even. Kim then bagged his fourth birdie of the round on the par-4, 423-yard No. 14 before giving the stroke back on the par-3, 203-yard No. 15 to end the afternoon tied for 15th at even-par 72. Rhea, who had ETSU’s other eagle on Friday, is tied for 25th at 1-over-par 73.
Saturday’s second round gets underway at 9 a.m., while the Bucs will go out at 10:30 from No. 1. ETSU is grouped with Mississippi State and College of Charleston.
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