Leaving for Tokyo: Meronk
In the U.S. Open, Adrian Meronk Represented Poland for the First Time.
Now, Meronk has made history again by being the first Polish golfer to compete in an Olympic Games. He will do so in the 2020 Tokyo Games, which will take place from July 29 – August 1, 2021. (July 28-31 in ET).
Following Seamus Power’s participation in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where golf was returned to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, Meronk becomes the second consecutive Buccaneer great to compete in the Olympics. In 2016, Power tied for 15th place overall.
The Olympic Golf Ranking, which is based on the Official World Golf Ranking, has Meronk placed No. 47 among the 60 golfers competing (OWGR). Here’s the whole roster of sixty competitors.
- R. Dincoff Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- J. Ilardi Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- A. Ginting Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
“I’m really delighted and proud to be the first Polish golfer to be playing in the Olympics,” Meronk said. That there will be such a high calibre of competitors is another reason to look forward to this event. “I can’t wait to compete and experience it all for myself.
On June 17 at the 121st U.S. Open in La Jolla, California, Meronk made his PGA Tour debut, beginning with a birdie.
A round of 72 (+1) put the Polish player in first place after the first day. The former Buccaneer shot even par through nine holes of his second round, but then lost eight strokes on the back nine to miss the cut in his PGA Tour debut.
A 13-event Participant on the European Tour this year,
Meronk has achieved three Top-25 results. Both the Betfred British Masters (May 14; Sutton Coldfield, England) and the Tenerife Open (May 1; Tenerife, Spain) saw the Polish player finish in third place.
From 2012 through 2016, Meronk suited up for East Tennessee State University (ETSU) under former head coach Fred Warren.
When it came to golf, Meronk was a two-time PING All-American and four-time all-conference selection (2015 & 2016).
The ex-Buc was the 2016 SoCon Championship Medalist and two-time SoCon Player of the Year. Meronk is second all-time at ETSU in both career victories (5) and rounds of par or better (24). (82).
- N. Derwael Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- M. Shahzad Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
- B.T. Christianson Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Golf Magazine dubbed Meronk the “Polish Tiger Woods” when he became the first Pole to win the 57th Open of Portugal on the European Tour as part of his success on the Challenge Tour.
Meronk became the first Polish golfer to win a European Tour Card thanks to his victory.