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WEST POINT, Miss. (March 26, 2021) – The ETSU Men’s Golf team saw a roller coaster of a day in which they were featured atop the leaderboard and as low as 11th. However, the Bucs settled down for the opening round of the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship and are tied with Tennessee for 5th overall after posting a 2-under-par (286). The Bucs, who carded their first under-par round as a team in seven rounds, find themselves only five shots off the lead.
ETSU’s push up the leaderboard was in large part to senior golfer, Shiso Go (Kanagawa, Japan). The Japan native began his day on the back nine and picked up a bogey on just his second hole. However, Go displayed his poise and experience by retaliating with back-to-back birdies on the par-4 14th hole and the par-5 15th. Go made the turn at 1-under-par (35) and ignited the leaderboard four holes later with a string of three consecutive birdies to climb to 4-under-par. With three holes to play, the Japan product found himself tied for the lead. Go finished his opening round with three consecutive pars and shared the lead until Mississippi State’s Ford Clegg birdied his final hole to move to 5-under-par (67). Go’s 4-under round tied a season best for the senior, marking his second round below 70 this season.
The Bucs also saw strong play from redshirt-freshman Archie Davies (Carlisle, England). Davies started out similar to Go, fighting off an early bogey with a pair of birdies to make the turn at 1-under-par. However, the England native dropped two shots with a double bogey on the par-4 1st hole. Davies immediately responded with two birdies in three holes, gaining the strokes back and climbing into red figures for the day. Davies finished his final five holes at even par to post a 1-under-par (71) round, sitting in a tie for 15th.
Trevor Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) and Remi Chartier (Montreal, Canada) carded the final two countable scores for the Bucs. Hulbert opened his tournament with a 1-over-par round that featured three birdies and four bogeys. Hulbert is currently tied for 33rd in the field. Chartier, making only his second appearance of the spring, began his day with a birdie but gave three strokes back to the course with a bogey on the par-4 16th and a double bogey on the par-4 18th. The Canada product posted one birdie and one bogey in his final nine holes, finishing at 2-over-par (74) for a T-48th spot.
LSU holds the leaderboard after day one, finishing with a 7-under-par (281) score. The 25th-ranked Tigers are followed by 10th-ranked Vanderbilt and 13th-ranked Georgia who are tied at second with identical 5-under-par (283) rounds.
As stated earlier, Clegg (Mississippi State) holds the individual lead after a 67 (-5) in the opening round that featured a field-best nine birdies on the day. Clegg is followed by Go (ETSU), Matthew Riedel (Vanderbilt) and Connor Gaunt (LSU) at 4-under-par.
The Bucs are scheduled to tee off on hole No. 1 in the second round, beginning at 9:50 a.m. (EST). The Bucs will play alongside Texas A&M and Tennessee.
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