The Atlantic Sun Conference announced its men’s golf postseason awards on Wednesday, and the Bucs had three players placed on the all-conference teams.
Freshman Adrian Meronk and sophomore Rhys Pugh landed Second Team All-Atlantic Sun honors, while Meronk and Gudmundur Kristjansson were named to the All-Freshman Team.
Meronk enjoyed a solid rookie campaign as the Buccaneer freshman led the team in scoring average, while registering a team-best 101 birdies. Meronk – who played in all 11 tournaments for the Blue and Gold – posted a pair of top-10 finishes and placed in the top-20 six times, including a collegiate-best showing at the Sea Best Invitational. Meronk tied for third with a three-round score of 3-over-par 219 at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Overall, Meronk recorded 10 rounds of par or better and two rounds in the 60s, with his lowest 18-hole total coming in the opening round of the Warrior Wave Intercollegiate where he shot a 4-under 68. The Wroclaw, Poland native’s best three-round score was a 2-under-par 214 at the Coca-Cola Invitational.
Meanwhile, Pugh made a huge charge late in the season as the sophomore golfer was named to the A-Sun and Coca-Cola Invitational All-Tournament Teams after finishing second and third, respectively. Pugh was edged out by North Florida’s MJ Macguire for the individual conference championship as the Welsh product totaled a score of 1-over-par 217 at The Legends Course of Chateau Elan in Braselton, Ga. Prior to his runner-up finish at the A-Sun Championship, Pugh led the Bucs with his best collegiate finish and three-round score at the Coca-Cola Invitational. Pugh finished in a tie for third at 5-under-par 211. Pugh generated three top-10 finishes this season, including two in the final two tournaments of the campaign, while also starting the season with a collegiate-best score of 6-under 66 in the first round of the Tar Heel Intercollegiate back on Sept. 15 from the UNC Finley Golf Course.
Rounding out the postseason honors was Kristjansson – who provided the Blue and Gold with three top-20. The Icelander began the year with his best showing by finishing in a tie for sixth at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate. Kristjansson ranked second on the team with 91 birdies, while tallying 10 rounds with a score of par or better and three rounds in the 60s. The ETSU rookie began his collegiate career with his lowest round of the season at 4-under 68, he would post that same score two more times.