HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (Oct. 10, 2021) – For the first time this season and fifth of her career, senior Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic) won a collegiate tournament in the Blue and Gold.
Melecka, who entered Sunday’s final round at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate tied for the lead, fired a 4-under 68 en route to cruising to a five-shot win with a 54-hole score of 9-under-par 207. Six of Melecka’s tournament-leading 17 birdies were registered on the final day, including a four-hole stretch where she bagged three to break away from the field. The reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year led the field in par-3 scoring with an average of 2.67, while posting a 3.97 average on the par-4s.
This marks the fourth time in five seasons Melecka has earned a win as a Buccaneer, while she has finished in the top-five in six of her last seven tournaments and has two wins in her last five outings.
As a team, No. 36 ETSU began the day with a four-shot lead over Cal Poly, but couldn’t hold on for the victory as the Bucs finished second at 7-under-par 857. The Blue and Gold totaled a 2-over 290 on Sunday, while Cal Poly went low for the second straight day at 10-under 270 to capture the eight-stroke win at 15-under-par 849.
ETSU and Cal Poly were the only two teams in the 15-team field to finish below par on the weekend. San Francisco placed third at 1-over-par 865, while host Denver and Grand Canyon tied for fourth at 2-over-par 866.
Freshman Sera Hasegawa (Gifu, Japan) was one of five golfers to finish runner-up at 4-under-par 212. Hasegawa shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to record her second straight top-three finish of her young career.
Hollie Muse (T20), Grace Chin (T44) and Alex Crafton (T67) rounded out the scoring for the Bucs.
The Bucs wrap up their fall season, which features one win and this runner-up finish, on Nov. 1 when ETSU heads to Greensboro, N.C. for the Grandover Fall Classic.
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