Geuntae Kim Wins the 2017 SoCon Individual Title
IJGA Alum Geuntae Kim won the 2017 Southern Conference Championship individual title leading his East Tennessee State University Buccaneers team to their third consecutive conference championship and twentieth overall, a conference best. The win was Kim’s first collegiate tournament victory.
“It feels really good to win the conference tournament and help the team get back to another NCAA Regional,” said Kim. “I was able to stay focused today and my playing partner helped calm my nerves. We were able to talk throughout the round and that helped me stay relaxed. I wasn’t nervous until I lined up for my last putt in the playoff. I have played in four playoffs during my career and won all of them, so that helped me stay confident.”
The individual championship came down to a playoff between Kim and SoCon Freshman of the Year Jonathan Brightwell of UNCG. The pair finished with 54-hole scores of 2-over-par 218 and had to play the par 4, 457 yard number 18 to determine the individual title. Kim used his past playoff experience to his advantage and defeated Brightwell as the ETSU sophomore made a two-foot par putt to secure his first-ever win as a Buccaneer. Overall, Kim led all players with 39 pars for the tournament, while he also achieved a hole-in-one on the par 3, 220-yard number 17 in the second round.
With the win, ETSU secured the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regional, which begins Monday, May 15.
IJGA Alumni Named to Colonial Athletic Association All Conference Team
IJGA alums Poom Pattaropong and Shota Ozaki of the James Madison men’s golf team have been named to the 2017 All-Colonial Athletic Association Second Team.
Pattaropong, who was also named Second Team All-CAA as a sophomore in 2015, made the most of his final season at JMU, finishing with a career-best scoring average of 72.80, the fifth-lowest single season in program history. As a senior, Pattaropong finished tied for 4th at the Manor Intercollegiate, while also grabbing top 10 finishes at the Golfweek Program Challenge (9th) and the Irish Creek Intercollegiate (tied for 10th).
Ozaki capped an already-stellar sophomore campaign by tying for fourth at the CAA Championships, earning All-Tournament honors and dropping his scoring average for the season to 72.90, the 10th lowest mark in the JMU record book. Ozaki also tied for 10th at the Camden Collegiate Invitational, helping lead the Dukes to an upset victory.
“I’m proud of the work these guys put in this season,” Head Coach Jeff Forbes said. “They fought all year and I’m happy that they were recognized by coaches around the league for their outstanding play.”