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JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2021) – Led by Remi Chartier (Montreal, Canada) firing a 4-under 68, the ETSU men’s golf team and the Buccaneer redshirt sophomore are tied for the lead following opening round play at the 2021 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, which got underway Sunday from the Blackthorn Club at The Ridges.
It’s no surprise the last two team tournament champions are tied atop the leaderboard as ETSU and Louisville both carded an 11-under-par 277 in round one. The Bucs, who entered the tournament ranked 19th in the Golfweek rankings, captured the win in 2018, while Louisville won in 2019.
ETSU and Louisville have a three-shot lead over Charlotte, while College of Charleston is in fourth at 6-under 282 and Virginia Tech rounded out the top five at 5-under-par 283. Overall, 11 of the 15 teams finished below par on Sunday. The Bucs led all teams with 23 birdies in round one.
The Bucs have six golfers (two individuals) in the top-15, with Chartier being one of eight players in the 93-man field tied for the lead. Chartier, playing in his first tournament of the season, posted a collegiate-best 68 thanks to collecting four birdies on the back nine to make a run up the board. Chartier was impressive on the par-4s as he led the field by playing the 10 holes at 6-under.
For the round, Chartier registered six birdies, while teammate and reigning Southern Conference Player and Freshman of the Year Archie Davies (Carlisle, England) posted seven, tying for the most by any golfer on Sunday. Davies stormed out of the gates with four straight birdies but cooled off a bit as he’s tied for 15th at 2-under 70.
ETSU freshman Algot Kleen (Fiskebackskil, Sweden) enjoyed his opening round debut in Jonesborough as he’s tied for ninth at 3-under 69. Kleen was one of 11 golfers to collect an eagle in the opener as he took advantage of the par-5, 534-yard No. 8. Kleen played holes 5-thru-10 at 6-under to keep himself near the leaders, while ending the afternoon with his sixth birdie on the par-4, 436-yard 18th.
Fellow newcomer Mats Ege (Kristiansand, Norway) is also tied for 15th, while Ben Carberry (Bonnybridge, Scotland) and Campbell Wolf (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) – who are playing as individuals – also had strong showings on Sunday. Like Kleen, Carberry is tied for ninth at 3-under 69, while Wolf is in the pack with Ege and Davies that are tied for 15th. Carberry’s 69 is his second-lowest round in his young career, while Wolf turned in his best performance as a Buccaneer with his 2-under 70.
A pair of Buccaneer freshmen, Josh McCabe (Dublin, Ireland) and local product Jack Tickle (Bristol, Tenn.), are also playing in their first Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. McCabe, playing as an individual, is tied for 38th at even-par 72 and Tickle posted a 3-over 75. Tickle is the fifth man playing in ETSU’s lineup this week. McCabe and Carberry joined Kleen with an eagle on No. 8.
Monday’s second round action gets underway at 8:30 a.m., while the Bucs will go out at 10 a.m. ETSU will be grouped with Louisville and Charlotte.
Live scoring of the tournament is provided via Golfstat.com, while updates are also posted on Twitter by following @ETSU_MGolf.
For more information on ETSU men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf tab.