Go shot a 6-under-par 66 in the final round of the Southern Conference tournament at Pinehurst No. 9 and then won a playoff with the defending champion, Nick Lyerly of UNC Greensboro, to give ETSU its third individual champion in four years.
It also extended the coaching career of ETSU’s Fred Warren, who will get to coach Go in the NCAA regionals. Warren, the Bucs’ longtime coach, is retiring in June.
Go’s heroics weren’t enough for the team as the Bucs finished second behind UNCG, which defended its championship from last year. The Spartans turned in the best round in the SoCon tournament since 2001 — 12-under-par 276 — to pull away from the field and finish 11 under. The Bucs shot four under on Tuesday to finish one over par, 12 shots behind.
Go and the Spartans, who earned the SoCon’s automatic team berth to the NCAA regionals, will learn their postseason fates Wednesday, May 1. The NCAA selection show will air on Golf Channel at 9 p.m.
Go trailed Lyerly by one stroke entering Tuesday’s final round and made birdie on No. 17 to grab the lead. Lyerly then birdied the final hole to force the playoff.
They both birdied No. 10 to force another playoff hole and headed back to the tee box on 10 to settle it. Lyerly put his second shot in the water and finished with bogey, while Go parred the hole to claim the title.
Both shot 11-under 205 for the tournament. Go had just one bogey over 54 holes, posting 12 birdies and a tournament-best 41 pars. Lyerly posted a tournament-leading 18 birdies over 54 holes.
In addition to Go’s 66, the Bucs got a 2-under 70 from Trevor Hulbert, who tied for fourth at 2-under 214.
ETSU’s Jack Rhea, who finished with a 75, joined Go on the all-conference team.
There was little movement in the team scores on the final day. Chattanooga and Furman stayed put at third and fourth, while Mercer dropped out of a tie for fourth into fifth. Wofford stayed steady at sixth, followed by Samford and Western Carolina.