JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

ETSU golf coach Fred Warren had hip replacement surgery one week ago. He is already back on his feet and ready to coach his team in the biggest tournament of the year.

The Buccaneers traveled to Oregon Tuesday where they will begin competing in the NCAA Regional tournament, starting Thursday at the Eugene Country Club.

Warren didn't let a major surgery keep him from making the trip.

"I ended up having the hip replaced last week," Warren told News 5 WCYB.

"I was feeling like I would have plenty of time before we go to regionals. It has turned out fine."

Like the golfers, coaches are required to walk the course. However, Warren petitioned the NCAA to have a cart available in case he needs one.

He isn't expecting to need one, however.

"Coach has always been very tough," ETSU sophomore golfer Chris Hickman told News 5 WCYB.

"I had no doubts he would make a full recovery."

The Bucs will play 54-holes beginning Thursday. The top five teams will advance to the national tournament.