ETSU continues with spring fling

Things weren’t looking so rosy after the fall season for coach Fred Warren and his East Tennessee State team. Oh, sure, the Bucs did tie for third at the Jerry Pate, but that was the highlight. They finished sixth in their own tournament at The Ridges and had a pair of 10ths at Carpet Capital and Isleworth, and a 12th at the Gary Koch.

But it appears Warren has his young guns back on track this spring and is certainly headed in the right direction as the NCAA postseason draws near.

The Bucs opened the spring by winning the Jacksonville Invitational, their first victory since ending the fall of 2008 with a win in Hawaii at the Kauai Cup.

They followed with an eighth-place showing in Puerto Rico against a very strong field. On Monday, ETSU made it victory No. 2 of the spring by winning the General Hackler Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

ETSU shot 19-over-par 883 and won by three shots over a charging Coastal Carolina team, and finished nine strokes better than Augusta State, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

The Bucs had all five players finish in the top 50, led by Seamus Power, who tied for first with Pepperdine’s Josh Anderson at 1-under 215. Rhys Enoch tied for seventh; Michael Stewart tied for 19th; Paul O’Kane tied for 21st; and Garth McGee tied for 41st.

ETSU didn’t qualify for the NCAA Championship last season (tying for 11th at the Central Regional) after three straight finals appearances. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bucs return to college golf’s big dance at the Honors Course just outside Chattanooga, Tenn., this time around.

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