ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The ETSU Buccaneers men’s golf team wrapped up its performance in the 2019 Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate on Sunday, carding a 4-over-par 292 to finish 20-over-par (884) for the tournament. The Bucs finished 12th in a heavy field at the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate in Alpharetta, Ga., a tournament that featured seven top-25 teams and 13 teams found inside the top 75. The tournament also featured 44 individual golfers listed inside the top 250 according to Golfstat, including three golfers inside the top 10.
Jack Rhea carded the second-best round of the day for the Bucs, finishing with a 1-over-par 73. Rhea’s finish earned him a spot in the top 15, tying a trio of golfers with a 1-over-par 217 finish for the tournament. The Tennessee native started out his final round with a pair of pars before carding three consecutive bogeys. The ETSU junior rebounded with a birdie on No. 15 and No. 18 to lower his score to 1-over-par as he made the turn. Rhea posted an even-par back nine with bogeys on hole No. 3 and No. 6, while registering two birdies in the closing three holes. Rhea’s 15th-place finish marked his third top-15 individual finish in the first four tournaments of the season. This is also the best finish that Rhea has posted in this event, failing to crack the top 60 in the previous two seasons.
Archie Davies finished the event in a tie for 24th at 3-over-par 219 after capping off his tournament with a 1-over-par Sunday round. Davies began his round on an opposite note of Rhea, starting off with back-to-back birdies on holes No. 10 and No. 11 to quickly move to red figures. However, a bogey on No. 13 and a double bogey on No. 14 dropped Davies to 1-over-par for his round. After making the turn at +1, the England freshman carded birdies on No. 1 and No. 2 to drop back to 1-under-par. Davies then traded a bogey with a birdie in the next three holes to remain at 1-under-par with four holes remaining. Davies finished plus-2 in the final four holes, falling back to 1-over-par for the round and 3-over-par for the event. Davies tied for 24th alongside seven other individuals, including 31st-ranked Luke Schniederjans of Georgia Tech, brother of PGA professional Ollie Schniederjans.
Shiso Go had the third-best finish in the event for the Bucs, placing in a tie for 52nd at 9-over-par 225. After a shaky 7-over-par round in day two, Go rebounded with a respectable 2-over-par 74 in his final round of the tournament. The Japan native turned in a 1-over-par performance on the front nine following two bogeys and one birdie. Go quickly jumped back to even par to start the back nine with a birdie on the par-5 first hole. Following four consecutive pars, Go carded a double bogey on the par-3 sixth, followed by a bogey on the par-4 seventh. Go’s final birdie of the tournament came on hole No. 8 with a three on the par-4 to lower his Sunday round to 2-over-par. Go’s position in 52nd is the best finish that he has registered in this specific tournament.
The low round of the day for the Bucs belonged to senior Trevor Hulbert. The Florida native finished his final round with an even-par score, finishing in a tie for 62nd at 12-over-par 228. The 62nd-place finish is the highest finish in the Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate for Hulbert. Hulbert posted a birdie on his third hole of the day before setbacks on holes No. 14 and No. 15 pushed his score to 2-over-par before making the turn. The lone senior on this ETSU squad drew back to even with birdies on No. 3 and No. 5 before his lone mistake on No. 6 with a bogey. The Florida native capped off his round with a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole, followed by consecutive pars to card the 72, his lowest round of the event.
Duke laid claim to the team championship, finishing 1-under-par (287) for the final day and 2-under-par (862) for the event. The Blue Devils were the only team to finish under par in the field. Pepperdine made a run in the final day, posting a field-best 7-under-par (281) on the final day to draw to even-par for the tournament. The Waves had the biggest roller coaster ride in the field with a 12-under-par first day, followed by a tournament-worst 19-over-par in day two to claw back to within two strokes in the final day. Texas A&M rounded out the top three with a 1-over-par finish for the tournament after carding a 1-under-par 287 in the closing round.
UCLA’s Eddy Lai and Texas A&M’s William Paysse shared the individual championship with a final score of 7-under-par 209. Paysse began the day in first place but could not hold off Lai who finished with a 4-under-par 68 in the final round. Paysse concluded his Sunday round with a 2-under-par 70. Southern California’s Kaito Onishi and Wake Forest’s Mark Power tied for third with scores of 5-under-par 211 as both competitors carded a 4-under-par 68 in the final round.
The Bucs will be back in action on Oct. 28-30 when they travel to the Aloha State to take part in the Hoakalei CC Collegiate Invitational. ETSU will be playing at Hoakalei Country Club in Oahu Island, Hawaii.