MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 13, 2006) - With three players finishing in the top five on the individual leaderboard, the 12th-ranked ETSU men's golf team fired a final round 292 and captured a 10-stroke victory over host team Coastal Carolina in the General Hackler Invitational Monday at the TPC of Myrtle Beach. The Bucs led all three rounds of the tournament.
ETSU finished with a team score of 3-over-par 867 (286-289-292), as junior Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) led the way with a second-place finish thanks to a three-round score of 5-under 211 (69-70-72). While he finished one stroke back of Pepperdine's Alex Coe for the individual title, it was the play of Davies, as well as freshman Jordan Findlay (
It is the first regular season title for the Bucs since winning the Cavalier Classic in 2001, even though the team has enjoyed postseason victories in the NCAA East Regional (2001) and Southern Conference Tournament (2005) since that time.
"This feels great, and with Coastal Carolina coming off a win in
The Bucs were also a part of FSU's Seminole Intercollegiate last week and actually led that event after two rounds. However, the Bucs struggled in the third and final round, ultimately finishing fourth and watching Coastal take the victory.
Shaw said the Bucs were determined not to let history repeat itself.
"Obviously, I think we were all trying to make amends for last week," said Shaw, who enjoyed his best career finish. "It got close again - like two or three strokes - with nine holes to play, but everyone seemed to come together at the end and make some birdies. We all played better when the pressure was on."
"We were smarter on the course and played more consistent," said
As for Davies, winning a team title was a nice change. Having won seven individual titles during his time at ETSU, the
"This is a much better feeling to walk off the last hole and win as a team," said Davies, who has also enjoyed team victories during international competitions such as the Palmer Cup. "The goal we set out for ourselves today was to win the event. We accomplished that and it's pleasing. It feels a lot like (international play), just having the camaraderie between the team and winning as a group is nice."
Other ETSU results from Monday included a 58th-place finish by freshman Adam Hodkinson (
The Bucs will return to action this Friday at the GCAA Hall of Fame Invitational in