JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2019) – The ETSU Buccaneers Men’s Golf team will host its much-anticipated home tournament this weekend, the 22nd Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Blackthorn Club at the Ridges. ETSU will get to showcase its talents on the course in front of the home faithful, while playing host to 14 strong programs in the 2019 field. The tournament will get underway on Friday, Oct. 11 and will conclude with the final round on Sunday, Oct. 13.
Dates: Friday, Oct. 11 – Sunday, Oct. 13
Location: Jonesborough, Tenn. | Blackthorn Club
Course Info: Par 72 – 7,147 yards
Weather: Friday (High 79; Low 57); Saturday (High 69; Low 42); Sunday (High 73; Low 43)
Format: 18-18-18 (Friday-Sunday)
Tee Times: 1st Round (Split tees @ 8:30); 2nd Round (Split tees @ 8:30); 3rd Round (Split tees @ 8:30)
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
This will be the third tournament of the fall season for the Buccaneers. The Bucs most recently took to the course at the Windon Memorial Classic from Sept. 16-17 in Lake Forest, Ill. While at Conway Farms, the Bucs finished 7th of 14, led by freshman Archie Davies (Carlisle, England) who posted a final score of 213 (E) with a pair of 69 (-2) rounds. Davies finished in a tie for 13th, his best finish of his young collegiate career. The Bucs finished with a score of 8-over-par (860), carding their lowest round in the opening 18 holes with a 281 (-3).
Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.) Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) and Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) finished with a Top 25 appearance in the Windon Memorial. Rhea finished in a tie for 21st with a 215 (+2) with a pair of even-par (71) rounds. Hulbert and Go finished in a tie for 24th overall at 216 (+3). Hulbert’s low round was an even-par 71 in round two, while Go kicked off the tournament with a 3-under-par (68) score in the opening round of the event. The 24th-place finish for Hulbert was his best finish on the season. Rhea and Go began the season with a T-9th finish in the opening tournament at the Carpet Capital Collegiate hosted by Georgia Tech.
Go has a strong history at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, finishing second in the event last season with a score of 14-under-par 202, including a record-setting 9-under-par (63) in the opening round. Go also sunk the par putt on the final hole to lift ETSU to its first Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate victory. The Japan native has posted back-to-back seasons with a round of 63 in the Buccaneers’ home event.
About the Tournament
The 54-hole event will get under way on Friday at 8:30 a.m. with teams teeing off on holes 1 and 10. Saturday and Sunday’s rounds will follow the same format, with tee times to be released following the conclusion of the preceding round.
Blackthorn Club at the Ridges is an Arthur Hills design and is nestled in the quiet neighborhood of The Ridges in Jonesborough, Tenn. The course features Crenshaw Bentgrass greens and are known to be exceptionally quick this time of year. Blackthorn Club is a par-72 course and plays 7,147 yards from the champions tees.
ETSU returns as the defending champion, the first in program history. The Bucs welcome back 12 competitors from last season, including Louisville who made a strong push on the final day but fell one-stroke short of the host Buccaneers. Joining the field this year will be ACC competitor, NC State, and SEC foe Ole Miss.
Louisville’s Simon Zach (-15) claimed the individual championship last season, besting ETSU’s Shiso Go (-14) by one stroke. Zach has since graduated so a new champion will emerge in the 2019 edition of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.
Since the tournament began in 1998, the Bucs have finished Top 5 in the field on nine different occasions, including a string of four consecutive seasons (2005-08) when the Bucs placed in the Top 3. There have also been 15 different team champions in the 21-year history, including ETSU joining that conversation following the 2018 tournament.
The Bucs will welcome 14 other teams to the tournament, including fellow Southern Conference foe in Furman. Some of the big schools highlighted in the event are Tennessee (#16/Golfweek), Louisville (#12/Golfweek), NC State (RV/GCAA), Penn State (RV/GCAA) and Ole Miss (#24/GCAA). ETSU will also be joined by Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Missouri, UNCW, Villanova, VCU, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Overall, there are six teams that are either ranked or receiving votes by Golfweek or Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), including the Bucs who are receiving votes in the latest GCAA rankings.
There are also 14 golfers that are ranked in the Top 250 according to the Golfstat rankings following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. Highlighted in those rankings are Louisville’s Matthias Schmid (#20) who finished fourth a season ago at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, just three strokes behind fellow teammate Simon Zach. Ben Shipp (#39) of NC State, Hunter Wolcott (#59) of Tennessee, John Murphy (#91) of Louisville and Zack Taylor (#95) of Coastal Carolina round out the Top 100 competitors for the event.
ETSU will use the lineup of 1) Archie Davies; 2) Jack Rhea; 3) Shiso Go; 4) Trevor Hulbert and 5) Samuel Espinosa for the home event. Austin Carter (Kingsport, Tenn.) will be making his season debut as an individual for the Bucs.
The first round for ETSU will start on Friday on hole 1 at 9:15 a.m. ET with each player teeing off in nine-minute increments.
Fans are encouraged to follow along in all three rounds as live stats will be provided by Golfstat.
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