This Week in Atlantic Sun Men's Golf, Feb. 16th

Saturday, February 16, 2013

MACON, Ga. – Stetson kicks off its spring 2013 schedule in Ormond Beach, Fla., and ETSU joins an impressive field in Puerto Rico in A-Sun men’s golf action this week.

It has been more than four months since Stetson has played competitive collegiate golf, and the Hatters open their six-event spring season at the Gary Freeman/Bethune-Cookman Spring Invitational. The tournament will include two rounds of play on Sunday at the Halifax Plantation Golf Club and conclude with a final round of play on Monday.

Along with Stetson the 12-team field includes the U.S. Military Academy (Army), Benedict College, host Bethune-Cookman, Edward Waters College, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Hampton College, Laval University, Rollins College, Savannah State and St. Bonaventure.

The squad for the Hatters will include freshmen Dustin Dingus, Andrew Peterson and Michael Primavera along with sophomore Matt Taylor and junior Tyler White. The Hatters are led by Dingus, who proved to be the team’s most consistent player in the fall. In five fall events, Dingus posted a 73.07 scoring average to earn three top 10 finishes. He didn’t take a break from the game while the Hatters were between seasons, earning a top 10 finish at the New Year’s Eve Invitational, besting three Division I All-Americans in the process.

ETSU tees it up Feb. 17-19, in the Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The Bucs, currently ranked 73rd by GolfWeek, join host Purdue in competing against 13 other teams in one of the sport’s premier early-season tournaments from Feb. 17-19. The 54-hole event will be held on the club’s River Course, a par-72, 6,902-yard course, with 18 holes scheduled for each day. Five teams ranked in the Top 20 and 14 in the Top 100 comprise the field.

Five teams ranked in the Top 20 and 14 in the Top 100 comprise the field. In addition to the Boilermakers and the Bucs, the Puerto Rico Classic features No. 5 Alabama, No. 66 Augusta State, No. 19 Clemson, No. 11 Georgia, No. 10 Georgia Tech, Michigan, No. 30 North Carolina, No. 83 North Carolina State, No. 31 Northwestern, No. 76 Ohio State, No. 45 Oklahoma, No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 17 SMU and No. 53 Virginia Tech.

ETSU finished sixth of 15 at the Sea Best Invitational two weeks ago, led by freshmen Adrian Meronk and Chris Hickman. Meronk tied for third with while Hickman – who shot a 1-under 71 on the final day – finished in a four-way tie for ninth at 7-over 223. Overall, this marks the top placing by both Buccaneer golfers in their young careers. Live scoring from the Puerto Rico Classic will be available on GolfStat.com.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.