Buccaneers ranked 24th as spring opener approaches

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 12, 2020 at 8:08 PM

Men’s spring golf season for East Tennessee State begins on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Fla. The Bucs will enter the tournament as the 24th-ranked squad in the latest Golfstat rankings, released on Tuesday afternoon.

ETSU achieved its top-25 status after an outstanding fall campaign that featured three top-3 finishes in five events. The Bucs won the Hoakalei CC Collegiate Invitational title at the end of October, carding a 29-under-par (835) to win by nine strokes over then-ranked No. 41 Mississippi. Furthermore, ETSU placed second in its home tournament — the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate — and tied for second in the season-opening Carpet Capital Collegiate.

The Bucs have had strong individual play as well as both Jack Rhea and Shiso Go have claimed individual trophies. Rhea was the individual winner in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Blackthorn at the Ridges in Jonesborough. ETSU was in Hawaii when Go finished atop the Hoakalei CC Collegiate Invitational leaderboard, winning by five strokes.

Coach Jake Amos’ team is filled with talent as Rhea is currently ranked No. 28 in the country in the latest Golfstat standings, while Go is 86th and Archie Davies 116th. Davies is the 10th-highest ranked golfer among freshmen.

Davies and Go are on the Palmer Cup Watch List for the International team, while Rhea has the attention of the USA Palmer Cup Watch List.

“I’m excited about this spring,” Amos said. “We had a really strong fall, but we had some inconsistencies as a team. The goal this spring is to be more consistent from 1-5 in our lineup. I think if we do that, we will win again as a team. Jack and Shiso have already won a college event this season, but I would love to see them contend to win again and see who else wants to step up. Ultimately, everything we do this spring is to put ourselves in a good position going into post season.”

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