O’AHU ISLAND, Hawaii – The ETSU Buccaneers men’s golf team capped off the 2019 fall schedule with a win in Hawaii, claiming the inaugural Hoakalei CC Collegiate Invitational on Wednesday afternoon with a final-round score of 15-under-par 273. The Bucs distanced themselves from the rest of the field following the second-lowest round of the tournament, outlasting No. 41 Ole Miss (-20) by nine strokes. The Bucs began the day in a tie with Louisville at 14-under-par until ETSU caught fire and recorded a 29-under-par 835 for the event.
The Bucs were led in the tournament by Shiso Go, who recorded his second collegiate individual championship. Go finished the tournament with a 14-under-par 202, earning his first individual win since claiming the 2019 Southern Conference individual title. The Japan native began the tournament with a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 in the opening round to sit in second place. Go then took over in first place following a second round 2-under-par 70. The ETSU junior capped off the tournament with yet another bogey-free 6-under-par 66 to run away with the event. Go’s win marked his third top-10 finish of the fall season.
The Bucs received a big boost from Jack Rhea, who began the day at 1-over-par through the first two rounds. In a span of 18 holes, Rhea was able to jump 31 spots into a tie for ninth place after a 7-under-par 65. Rhea was able to finish inside the top 10 for the third time this fall. Rhea’s 65 in the final round was the second-lowest round of the event, falling one stroke shy of tying UMKC’s Paul Foulquie, who fired a final-round 8-under-par 64.
Trevor Hulbert posted his lowest round of the season with a 3-under-par 69 on the final day, advancing 21 spots into a tie for 19th. The final score of the day came from Austin Carter, who finished with a 1-over-par 73. Carter’s 73s in the first and third rounds are the season lows for the ETSU junior.
The Bucs left Hawaii as champions in the inaugural Hoakalei CC Collegiate Invitational, outlasting both Ole Miss and Louisville. ETSU edged the Rebels by nine strokes, while defeating 10th-ranked Louisville (-19) by 10 strokes. The Bucs were able to avenge their home tournament loss with the win against the Cardinals.
Go fended off four golfers who were tied at 9-under-par.
The Bucs will return to action in the spring when ETSU travels to Tallahassee, Florida, to take part in the Seminole Intercollegiate from Feb. 22-23.