ROCKY FACE, Ga. (Sept. 5, 2019) – The ETSU Men’s Golf team will tee off for the first time this weekend as the Buccaneers head to Rocky Face, Ga. to partake in the Carpet Capital Collegiate hosted by Georgia Tech.
Dates: Friday, Sept. 6 – Sunday, Sept. 8
Location: Rocky Face, Ga. | The Farm Golf Club
Course Info: Par 72 – 7,180 yards
Weather: Friday (High 90; Low 67); Saturday (High 90; Low 61); Sunday (High 91; Low 64)
Format: 18-18-18 (Friday-Sunday)
Tee Times: 9:24-10:12 a.m. (every 12 minutes)
Live Scoring: GolfStat.com
ETSU returns four players from its 2018-19 squad that finished second in the Southern Conference championship. Among the returners for ETSU are redshirt-senior Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.), juniors Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.), Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) and Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.). Head Coach Jake Amos added a trio of young talent for the Bucs: Remi Chartier (Montreal, Canada), Archie Davies (Carlisle, England) and Samuel Espinosa (Pedrena, Spain).
Go claimed the individual SoCon Championship in Pinehurst last season, earning a spot on the All-SoCon team after posting a score of 11-under-par 205. The win for Go was his first collegiate victory and his second top five finish of the season as he placed second in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate with a 14-under-par 202, aiding the Bucs in winning their own tournament for the first time in program history. For the second consecutive season, Go shot a 9-under-par 63 at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. On the season, Go averaged 72.00 per round in 36 rounds of play.
Rhea joined Go on the all-SoCon team after registering a 71.82 stroke average in 11 tournaments (36 rounds). The Jonesborough, Tenn. native totaled nine top-25 finishes last season with his top placing coming at the Schenkel Invitational where he tied for seventh at 3-under-par 213. Rhea registered 17 rounds of par or better and seven rounds in the 60s, including a season-best 67 in the second round of the Mason Rudolph Championship where he finished tied for 13th.
Hulbert is the lone senior on the team, coming off a year where he averaged 72.94 strokes per round in 33 rounds played. Hulbert finished top 25 in four tournaments during the season, including a pair of top 10 finishes in two of the last three tournaments. Saving his best for last, Hulbert carded a 2-under-par 214 at the SoCon Championship, placing fourth in the field.
Carter is the final returner, seeing action in 27 rounds last season, averaging 75.81 strokes per round. The Kingsport, Tenn. native had a tournament to remember at the Schenkel Invitational, finishing tied for fifth with a 4-under-par 212, leading the Bucs and carding his best collegiate finish. Carter’s low round of the season came at the General Hackler Championship when he posted a final round 67 (-5).
Cheers for the Freshmen
Chartier is the first freshman listed, joining the Bucs from Montreal Canada. Chartier attended high school at Gulf Coast High School in Florida, finishing runner-up at the Class 3A state championship. Chartier won the 2018 Florida Junior Tour at Brooksville and the 2018 Golf Quebec Optimiste Classic. Throughout the 2018 season, Chartier averaged 72.4 strokes per round.
Davies hails from Carlisle, England and has been making noise this summer, winning the Welsh Amateur Championship (8&7) over Connor Jones on Aug. 2, 2019. Davies was ranked as high at 310th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and he won the 2018 Irish Boys’ Championship with a score of 8-under-par 276. The England native also set the Welsh Amateur Championship course record with an 8-under-par 64 at the Machynys Golf Club in 2018.
The final freshman is Espinosa out of Pedrena, Spain. Espinosa entered Johnson City as the 270th ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and recorded two wins in 2018 and seven top-10 finishes in his last 12 tournaments. Espinosa won back-to-back tournaments - Campeonato Absoluto de Puerta Hierro and Campeonato de los Castillas – both in the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.
About the Tournament
The 54-hole event will feature 18 holes of play on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday. Espinosa will be the first Buc off the tee at 9:24 a.m., teeing off on the 10th hole with four fellow teammates to follow at 12-minute intervals.
A Tom Fazio design, The Farm Golf Club is a par 72 and is 7,180 yards in length.
Georgia Tech has hosted this event since its inception in 1989, claiming nine of the 30 titles in said event. Last season, Tennessee edged out the Yellow Jackets in the first playoff hole to claim the outright victory.
This is the first time since 2010 that the Bucs will be featured among the 15 teams hitting the course.
Joining the Bucs and host Yellow Jackets in the 2019 Carpet Capital Collegiate are: Alabama, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Clemson, Colorado State, Florida, Kennesaw State, North Florida, San Francisco, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee and Virginia.
Eight teams in the field are ranked inside the Top 30 in either Golfweek, Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) or Golfstat. The Yellow Jackets lead the way ranked 3rd in the GCAA and 4th in Golfweek, while ranking 12th in Golfstat. Clemson is the highest Golfstat ream ranked at No. 11.
ETSU will use the lineup of 1) Jack Rhea; 2) Trevor Hulbert; 3) Archie Davies; 4) Shiso Go and 5) Samuel Espinosa to jump start the fall season.
The Bucs will be paired with San Francisco and Virginia on Friday … The first tee time for the pairings will begin at 9:24 a.m.
Fans are encouraged to follow along in all three rounds as live stats will be provided by Golfstat.
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