FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 7, 2019) -- ETSU sophomore Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) extended his run of top-25 finishes on Sunday.
Rhea, who carded a 1-under 70 in the final round of the Mason Rudolph Championship, finished tied for 13th at 4-under-par 209 (72-67-70) from the Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course. Despite dealing with a pair of weather delays, Rhea battled through the elements to register three birdies, 13 pars and two bogeys in the final round – marking his eighth top-25 finish in 10 starts this season.
The Jonesborough, Tenn. native, who started the round on the par-3, 221-yard No. 9, played the first four holes at two-over, but a birdie on the par-5, 522-yard No. 18 sparked a strong finish. Rhea collected his second birdie on the par-3, 196-yard No. 3 and another on the par-4, 389-yard No. 5 to record his second straight top-15 finish. For the week, Rhea bagged 31 pars, 11 birdies and one eagle.
Western Kentucky’s Billy Tom Sargent earned medalist honors after finishing with a 54-hole score of 12-under-par 201 to win by two shots over Vanderbilt’s Patrick Martin.
Vanderbilt defended its title as the fourth-ranked Commodores shot a 14-under 270 on Sunday to finish at 29-under-par 823 on the weekend – strong enough for a 17-stroke win over No. Liberty and an 18-stroke advantage over No. 25 Tennessee.
The Bucs posted a 3-over 287 in the final round en route to finishing in eighth-place at 1-over-par 853. The Blue and Gold finished five shots ahead of No. 41 Marquette and six shots ahead of No. 45 Northwestern. As a team, ETSU recorded the second-best score on the par-4 scoring (even-par), while its 53 birdies were only behind Vanderbilt and Liberty.
Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea)and Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) both finished tied for 42nd at 3-over-par 216, while Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) – who carded a 72 on Sunday – and Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) both finished tied for 53rd at 6-over-par 219. Hulbert led the Blue and Gold with 13 birdies on the weekend and also registered the second-lowest score on the par-4s (4-under).
The Bucs now turn their attention to the Southern Conference Championship, which begins Sunday, April 21 from Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst, N.C.
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