JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 17, 2020) – The season is officially upon us as the ETSU Buccaneers Men’s Golf team announced on Thursday that it will compete in a pair of fall events. ETSU will begin the fall season on Monday, Sept. 21 when the Bucs travel to Chattanooga to compete in the Scenic City Collegiate from Sept. 21-22. ETSU will close out the fall season in Carrollton, Texas from Oct. 18-20, competing in the 2020 Maridoe Invitational hosted by North Texas.
The 2020 Spring season was cut short due to COVID-19, therefore marking the first time since March 10 that the Bucs have taken the course in competitive play.
“I am extremely thankful that the University has given us this opportunity to play this fall,” stated second-year head coach Jake Amos. “With so many conferences and universities deciding not to play golf this fall, I think it shows the commitment ETSU has to finding a way for its student-athletes to compete. With our season getting cut short due to the pandemic last spring and a lot of summer amateur events getting cancelled, our guys are eager to play and compete. We start out at the Honors Course next week which is one of the best courses in the state of Tennessee and will be a really good test for the guys. Then we head out to Dallas in October to play the Maridoe Invitational where we will find one of the best fields of the year. The golf course will be tough and so will the competition but we couldn’t be more excited to tackle both.”
“From the start of this pandemic, we have worked with medical professionals to ensure safety surrounding our student-athletes,” stated ETSU Athletic Director Scott Carter. “Based on recent conversations with those medical professionals, we have collectively made a decision to allow some of our low-risk sports – such as golf and tennis – to compete this fall. We feel that careful return to competition is a step in the right direction for all of our other sports in the future.”
Scenic City Collegiate
The first tournament to be played will be the Scenic City Intercollegiate, hosted by Chattanooga at the Honors Course. While there, the Bucs will square off against the likes of UAB, Central Arkansas, Dalton State, Georgia Southern, Little Rock, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State, Western Carolina and the host Mocs. The event will start on Monday, Sept. 21 with 36 holes of play, beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The final round will be played on Tuesday, Sept. 22 with groupings teeing off on holes 1 and 10. Each team will play in threesomes within their own teams for the duration of the tournament.
The final tournament of the fall will feature a loaded field of Big 12 opponents, in addition to Coastal Carolina, host North Texas, Pepperdine and the Bucs. The 2020 Maridoe Invitational will be played at the Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas and features some of the top-ranked teams according to Golfstat, including: Pepperdine (No. 1), Oklahoma (No. 2), Texas Tech (No. 3), Texas (No. 4), Baylor (No. 10) and Oklahoma State (No. 27). The format will be 54 holes, with 18 played each day beginning with round one on Sunday, Oct. 18 and concluding with the final round on Tuesday, Oct. 20. In addition to the team event, the individual winner will receive an exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2020 Houston Open from Nov. 2-8.
About the Bucs
Head Coach Jake Amos enters his second season at the reigns of the program and returns a loaded squad, welcoming back all seven players from a season ago. Among the seven returners are two-time individual winner Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan) and the reigning 2019 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate winner Jack Rhea (Jonesborough, Tenn.). ETSU also welcomes a pair of new faces in DePaul transfer Campbell Wolf (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Scottish freshman Ben Carberry (Bonnybridge, Scotland).
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