Bucs seventh after first round at Mason Rudolph Championship
Hickman one of three Bucs to card a 2-over-par 73 on Friday.
Hickman one of three Bucs to card a 2-over-par 73 on Friday.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Pugh, Hickman and Meronk each card 2-over-par 73’s in first-round action

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (April 4, 2014) – The ETSU men’s golf team wrapped up first-round play at the Mason Rudolph Championship on Friday; sitting in seventh after posting a team score of 294 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.

In the Bucs’ final tune-up before the Atlantic Sun Championship in two weeks, the Blue & Gold recorded a 10-over-par 294 to slot into seventh place on the overall team leaderboard. This first-round score puts ETSU ahead of Mercer (T-8th, 295) and Florida State (T-10th , 300) who enter this weekend’s competition at 35th and 20th, respectively, in Golfweek/Sagarin’s Rankings.

Leading the Bucs were Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales), Chris Hickman (Centreville, Md.) and Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) who each carded a 2-over-par 73 - tying for 19th place - in Friday’s first round. Following on the individual leaderboard were Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Śląskie, Poland) and Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) in a tie for 37th overall with a pair of 4-over-par 75’s.

Alabama leads the pack after Friday’s first-round 3-under-par 281; with Kennesaw State, Vanderbilt and College of Charleston trailing in the standings with scores of 288 and 289, respectively.

College of Charleston’s Zach Munroe leads the field with an individual round of 4-under-par 67, followed by a three-way tie for second with 2-under-par 69’s by Georgia Southern’s Charlie Martin, Alabama’s Trey Mullinax and Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewart.   

The Bucs will begin second-round play on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with Gradecki teeing-off at the top of the hour. ETSU will be paired with Mercer and Ball State.

Live scoring of the tournament can be accessed via GolfStat.com.

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