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The Southern ConferencePublished: 4/23/2024, Last updated: 6/5/2024
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ETSU wins fourth consecutive SoCon Men’s Golf Championship

Bucs’ Dodd-Berry and Ege share the individual title

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GREENSBORO, Ga. – ETSU clinched the 2024 Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship on Tuesday at the par-72, 7,393-yard Oconee Course at Reynolds Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia. ETSU’s Matthew Dodd-Berry and Mats Ege were co-medalists after each finished the event shooting a 13-under 203.
The Buccaneers, who are ranked 20th nationally, held a four-stroke lead over 43rd-ranked Chattanooga entering the final round after posting a 36-hole score of 554. ETSU stretched its lead to double digits halfway through the front nine of the day. The Mocs battled back to take a one-stroke lead with five holes to play, however, the Bucs finished strong to earn their fourth straight team title with a tournament score of 30-under-par 834. The victory marked the third time the program has won four straight championships, with the other occurrences happening between 1989-92 and 1998-01.
Chattanooga finished as the runner-up with a tournament score of 28-under 836. The Mocs sat in second throughout the championship after shooting 284 in the first round, 274 in the second round and 278 in the final round.
UNCG finished third after shooting a 5-under 283 in the final round to finish with a tournament score of 8-under 856. Furman concluded the tournament in fourth at even-par 864 and Mercer climbed one spot to finish fifth at 10-over 874. Wofford (877), Samford (889) and Western Carolina (893) rounded out the scoring at sixth, seventh and eighth place, respectively.
Dodd-Berry and Ege represent the 19th time an ETSU golfer has finished first at the SoCon championship and the sixth time in the last seven tournaments. Dodd-Berry began the final round in third after posting scores of 65 in the first round and 70 in the second round. He used a final round 68 to jump two spots on the leaderboard, which was fueled by birdies on each of the first six holes.
Ege began the final round in first place following scores of 67 in the first round and 65 in the second round. The Kristiansand, Norway, native shot a 71 in the final round to become the medalist at the SoCon Championship for the second straight season. Ege, who is ranked 14th nationally, led the field with 19 birdies for the tournament and was tied for the lead in par-5 scoring (4.25).
A trio of Chattanooga golfers finished behind Dodd-Berry and Ege. Samuel Espinosa and John Houk completed the event tied for third at 11-under 205, while teammate Paul Conroy was fifth at 8-under 208. Conroy shot the best individual round on the final day, logging a 5-under-par 67.
The Bucs’ Remi Chartier earned the Pinnacle Award as the student-athlete on the championship-winning team with the highest cumulative GPA.
ETSU will learn its postseason destination when the NCAA selection show airs on Wednesday, May 1, at 2 p.m. Eastern on the Golf Channel.