Bucs golf climbs to eighth at NCAA Regional

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KOHLER, Wis. (May 17, 2016) – Led by senior Gudmundur Kristjansson’s (Reykjavik, Iceland) 1-under-par 71, the ETSU men’s golf team moved into a tie for eighth following second round play of the NCAA Regional on Tuesday at Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys Course in Kohler, Wis.

Kristjansson moved 23 spots up the individual leaderboard as he’s tied for 18th at 1-over-par 145, while the Buccaneers – who began the round in 11th place – carded a 5-over 293 and sit at 12-over-par 588 after 36 holes. Despite moving up the leaderboard, the Blue and Gold are still six shots back from the cut line, which is held by Idaho at 6-over-par 582.

Kristjansson, who earned a spot in the 2015 NCAA Championship, registered two birdies, 15 pars and a bogey on Tuesday, while Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) was in the top-10 following four birdies over a five-hole stretch on the back nine; however, the senior All-American played his final two holes at 3-over to finish with a 1-over 73 for the second consecutive round. Meronk enters Wednesday’s final round tied for 28th at 2-over-par 146.

Florida holds both the team and individual lead as the seventh-ranked Gators went low in round two by recording a 6-under 282 en route to sitting atop the leaderboard at 11-under-par 565. Fourth-ranked Illinois totaled a 5-under 283 in round two and moved into second at 4-under-par 572. Florida State remained in third place, as the 10th-ranked Seminoles are 2-under-par 574 for the tournament, while Arkansas jumped into fourth at even-par 576 and Idaho covets the fifth spot at 6-over-par 582.

Individually, Florida’s Alejandro Tosti also went low by firing a 4-under 68 in round two and begins the final round with a two-shot lead over Ohio State’s Tee-k Kelly. Tosti is at 6-under-par 138 thru 36 holes.

The Bucs’ other two countable scores came from junior Mateusz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) and freshman Geuntae Kim (Daegu, South Korea) on Tuesday. Gradecki shot a 2-over 74 and is tied for 50th at 5-over-par 149. Meanwhile, Kim is tied for 43rd at 4-over-par 148. Kim – a SoCon All-Freshman Team selection – recorded a 3-over 75 on Tuesday.

The top five teams and the top individual from a non-advancing team qualify for the NCAA Championship. Ohio State’s Tee-k Kelly is playing as an individual.

The Kohler Regional concludes with final round play on Wednesday, beginning at 8:50 a.m. EDT. ETSU goes out from No. 10 at 9:25 and will be grouped with Penn State and Memphis.

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