ETSU's Davies in contention after two rounds at Western Refining Collegiate All-America Golf Classic

Monday, November 21, 2005

EL PASO, Texas (Nov. 21, 2005) - ETSU junior Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) fired a pair of sub-70 rounds during first and second round play at the Western Refining Collegiate All-America Golf Classic Monday at the El Paso Country Club.


Currently at 6-under-par for the event, Davies finds himself tied for fourth on the leaderboard and in contention for the prestigious collegiate championship. Vanderbilt's Luke List is currently in first place at 10-under for the event, followed by Georgia's Chris Kirk (-8), Oklahoma State's Pablo Marton (-7), Duke's Ryan Blaum (-6) and Davies.


Davies' first round of 67 came thanks to a stunning flurry on the back nine. After finishing the front at 1-under, Davies birdied four of the final five holes to post his 4-under score. During the second round, the Welshman enjoyed five birdies, but three bogeys left him at 69 for the round and at 6-under 136 for the day.


            In 2005, the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic ranked as the No. 1 tournament in the country, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. The 2005 field was extended to a record-high 32 golfers due to the 45 eligible All-Americans. Last year, 29 golfers competed for the title, eclipsing the previous high of 27 golfers, who competed in the Golf Classic in 1983 and again in 1997.


            The tournament, hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, is played at the Par-71, 6,781-yard El Paso Country Club. Throughout the years, many Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic competitors have gone on to pursue successful careers in the Professional Golfers' Association of America and on the PGA Tour. Some of the past champions include Ricky Barnes (2000), Notah Begay (1994), David Duval (1991), Matt Kuchar (1999), Davis Love III (1984), Chris Nallen (2003), Jerry Pate (1974) and Tiger Woods (1995).


            Alumni of the Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $790 million on the PGA Tour. In all, 112 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, raising more than $540,000 in scholarship money for the participating institutions.


Third and final round play in the Western Refining Collegiate All-America Golf Classic will conclude on Tuesday. Fans can watch the results live at or can visit for a complete wrap up following the day's events.