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LAHAINA, Hawaii (Oct. 28, 2022) – The ETSU men’s golf team tied a program record out in Hawaii.
With four Buccaneers sitting in the top-16, ETSU tied the school record for the lowest round with a 269 in Friday’s opener Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate. The only other teams to post a 269 in a round were the 2019-20 Buccaneers (second round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate) and the 2000-01 Bucs (third round of the Southern Conference Championship).
Overall, the Blue and Gold fired a 15-under in Friday’s first round, tying the for the sixth-lowest round in program history in relation to par. At the conclusion of day one, the Bucs sit in third-place and are only two shots off the lead.
Clemson is the first-round leader at 17-under-par 267, while No. 11 Oklahoma is right behind in second at 16-under-par 268. North Florida, who is ranked No. 29 via Golfstat, is in fourth at 11-under-par 273, while defending champion Kansas and No. 40 Ole Miss are tied for fifth at 9-under-par 275.
A pair of freshmen, Matty Dodd-Berry (Wirral, England) and Carson Kammann (Knoxville, Tenn.), led the Bucs on Friday.
Dodd-Berry paced the Blue and Gold at the Ka’anapali Golf Course as he’s tied for sixth after firing a 5-under-par 66. The 66 is Dodd-Berry’s lowest collegiate round in terms of score, while the 5-under matches his lowest round in relation to par. After opening with a bogey on the par-4, 362-yard No. 12, the Buccaneer rookie bounced back nicely as he carded six birdies and 11 pars over his final 17 holes. Dodd-Berry posted his first birdie on the par-4, 390-yard No. 13 and went back-to-back on No. 16 and No. 17 to get to two-under. On the front nine, Dodd-Berry birdied all three of the par-5s and finished with consecutive pars on No. 10 and 11 to finish with the 66.
Kammann is just one shot back and tied for 11th at 4-under-par 67. The Knoxville, Tenn. native exploded out of the gates as he birdied three of his first four holes; however, Kammann gave two strokes back on the par-4, 440-yard No. 18. From there, Kammann birdied two of the first three holes on the front nine, before posting one of his two bogeys on the day at the par-4, 373-yard No. 4. For the second time of the round, Kammann carded back-to-back birdies as he took advantage of the par-5, 460-yard No. 6 and the par-4, 324-yard No. 7. Kammann then went bogey-birdie-par to close out the afternoon en route to matching his lowest collegiate round with the 67.
A pair of golfers are tied atop the leaderboard after 18 holes as Clemson’s Andrew Swamson and Oklahoma’s Drew Goodman are both at 7-under-par 64. Three golfers are one shot back at 6-under and Dodd-Berry is one of five golfers two strokes behind at 5-under.
With the ETSU freshmen duo combining to shoot nine-under, redshirt junior Archie Davies (Carlisle, England) and redshirt sophomore Mats Ege (Kristiansand, Norway) both posted a 3-under-par 68 to sit tied for 16th.
Davies was red hot at the beginning of the day as he was four-under through his first six holes and sat that way through his first 11 of the round. Unfortunately, Davies played the par-4, 373-yard No. 4 and the par-4, 474-yard No. 5 at three-over and saw his score dip to one-under. Davies regrouped and closed on a positive note as he birdied two of his final four holes to finish with the 68. Ege was up-and-down early on as he birdied his first two holes before posting three bogeys over his next four, moving him to one-over on the round. Following the turn, Ege zoned in and started with a birdie on the par-5, 519-yard No. 1 and birdied three of his final four holes to make a charge up the leaderboard.
As a team, ETSU led the 20-team field with 31 birdies on Friday, while also generating the second-lowest scoring total on the par-4s (3.96). The Bucs played the par-5s at 13-under. Individually, Kammann bagged eight birdies to match the most in Friday’s opener, while Davies tallied seven.
Saturday’s second round action gets underway with another shotgun start beginning at 2 p.m. ET. The Bucs will be grouped with Oklahoma, Clemson and North Florida.
Fans can follow live scoring all weekend at Golfstat.com. In addition, live tweets will be available by following the Bucs on Twitter @ETSU_MGolf.
For more information on Buccaneer men’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf page.