PINEHURST, N.C. (April 22, 2019) -- With three Buccaneers inside the top-10, including sophomore Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) sitting one shot off the lead in second-place, the ETSU men’s golf team remains in the hunt following Monday’s second-round play of the Southern Conference Championship from Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
The Buccaneers, who are in search of their 26th conference title in program history, posted the second-lowest round of the day at 4-over-par 292 to move within four shots of 36-hole leader UNCG. The Blue and Gold entered the day six shots off the lead and currently sit in second-place at 5-over-par 581. The Spartans totaled a 6-over 294 on Monday and remain atop the team leaderboard at 1-over-par 577. Chattanooga went low with a 1-under 287 to move two spots into third at 7-over-par 583, while Furman and Mercer at both tied for fourth at 12-over-par 588. As a team, ETSU leads the eight-team field with 115 pars and boast the second-lowest scoring on par-3s at 3-over-par for the tournament.
Go nearly repeated his performance from Sunday’s opening round where he registered three birdies and 15 pars, but a bogey on the par-4, 422-yard No. 11 was his lone blemish on Monday. The Buccaneer sophomore began the day with a birdie off the start and followed that up with eight consecutive pars before making the turn with another birdie on the par-5, 514-yard No. 10. Following his first bogey of the tournament, Go collected three straight pars before taking advantage of the final par-5 of the day on No. 15 with his third birdie of the round en route to finishing with a 70 and moving to 5-under-par 139 for the tournament.
Go, who has totaled 29 pars and six birdies over the first 36 holes of competition, is only one shot off individual leader Nick Lyerly from UNCG. Lyerly, the defending individual champion, carded his second straight 3-under 69 to move to 6-under-par 138.
Redshirt junior Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) moved into a tie for fifth at even-par 144 following a 1-under 71 in round two, while sophomore Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) is tied for 10th at 3-over-par 147. After recording three birdies, four pars and two bogeys on the front nine, Hulbert ended the round with nine consecutive pars to post the 71. Fellow sophomore Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) turned in ETSU’s other countable score on Monday with a 3-over 75 and is tied for 23rd at 7-over-par 151.
Tuesday’s final round begins at 7:30 a.m. ETSU will go out at 8:15 with UNCG starting on No. 1. Golfstatwill carry live scoring of the entire tournament, while recaps each day will be provided on ETSUBucs.com. Twitter updates will also be provided by following @ETSU_MGolf.
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