Jack Rhea, Go’s East Tennessee State teammate, received an at-large NCAA bid on Wednesday night, meaning the Bucs will be represented by two players in the postseason. They will play in the Stanford Regional, May 13-15.
Go, who earned an automatic bid as the Southern Conference’s individual champion, and Rhea were two of 45 individuals to make the field. They will join 81 teams at the six regional sites.
“I am very proud of Shiso and Jack to be able to represent our program in the NCAA Regional,” ETSU coach Fred Warren said. “We knew that Shiso was automatically in after winning the SoCon, and to have Jack also make it as an-large shows how consistent he played all season. They are both very deserving of playing in the regional and we are looking forward to heading out west. They will face some good competition, but both Shiso and Jack have the game to make it through.”
Go is one 20 ETSU golfers to claim conference championships. ETSU has claimed a SoCon-best 15 individual titles, while it also marked the 23rd overall individual conference championship win in school history.
“I am really excited to continue my season and be playing in the NCAA Regional,” Go said. “Winning the SoCon Championship was big for me overall because it will give me confidence heading into regionals. I am also excited that Jack made it. He has played well all season and it’ll be nice to have another familiar face playing with me. I am looking forward to representing ETSU as best as I can.”
Rhea also earned all-conference honors after posting a stroke average of 71.82 in 11 tournaments this season. Rhea registered nine top-25 finishes this season and led the Bucs in three tournaments. This season, the former Science Hill golfer had 17 rounds of par or better and seven rounds in the 60s.
“I knew it was going to be close, and after I saw the Myrtle Beach Regional pass, I got a little nervous because I thought they would keep the individuals close to home,” Rhea said. “But when I saw the Stanford Regional pop up and my name was listed next to Shiso’s, it was a feeling of relief and excitement,” said Rhea. “It’ll be fun to be playing with Shiso. We will both be playing loose and trying to make birdies.”