Rule guides Mercer to first ever Atlantic Sun men’s golf championship


BRASELTON, Ga. (A-SUN RELEASE) – Mercer captured its first-ever Atlantic Sun Men’s Golf Championship with a team final round, 293, led by Trey Rule’s one-under-par performance (215) for 54 holes.

Rule becomes the third Mercer golfer to win A-Sun Championship Medalist honors and first since 1993, while also becoming the 21st player in A-Sun history to land medalist honors and lead his team to the conference title.

The first-place finish is the highest for Mercer since taking second place in 1993 as the Bears posted three top-ten individual finishers. Rule was joined by James Beale (T2nd; +2) and Sean Smothers (T9th; +5).

The Bears finished ahead of runner-up Kennesaw State by three strokes, while ETSU claimed third place with a combined score of 884; four strokes behind KSU. The Owls’ Austin Vick and Teremoana Beaucousin tied Mercer’s Beale for second place to land on the All-Tournament Team.

ETSU’s Adrian Meronk and Rhys Pugh tied for fifth place as the Buccaneers finished in fourth place as a team. The duo completed their 54 holes at three-over-par for ETSU’s third-straight top-three finish at the A-Sun Championship. Two-time defending champions, North Florida landed in fourth place at 895 for the championship. UNF’s Taylor Hancock tied for seventh place just ahead of his teammate Joey Petronio in a tie for ninth.

Lipscomb finished in a program-best fifth posistion with two student-athletes in the top-20 of the field; Caston Roberts and Stoney Crouch, while Jacksonville followed the Bisons in sixth place with a team total of 917 ahead of USC Upstate in seventh (923). Stetson, Northern Kentucky and FGCU finished up the field.

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