Davies makes strong debut at Puerto Rico Classic; finishes tied for seventh

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (Feb. 25, 2004) - Playing in his first spring season collegiate match, East Tennessee State freshman Rhys Davies(Bridgend, Wales) fired an even-par 72 to finish tied for seventh during final round play of the Puerto Rico Classic Tuesday at the Rio Mar Country Club River Course. Davies (73-68-72=213 -3) helped power the Buccaneers to an 11th-place tie in the 18-team field.

On the team leaderboard, Florida (289-277-289=855 -9) finished on top by one stroke over Clemson (281-289-286=856 -8). Individually, Clemson's Matt Hendrix (70-76-70 -9) brought home top honors by one stroke over Oklahoma State's Anthony Kim (69-71-68 208 -9).

In addition to Davies, the Bucs were led by sophomore and Johnson City native Andrew Paduch (76-73-69=218 +2), who finished tied for 19th. Meanwhile, junior Cennydd Mills (77-73-75=225 +9) placed tied for 54th, while freshman Stephen Arnold (78-76-78=232 +16) and sophomore Noel Kavanagh (80-75-77=232 +16) both tied for 70th.

The Buccaneers will return to play March 1-2 at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Fla. For complete results from the Puerto Rico Classic, see the accompanying stat sheets.

Place Team 1st 2nd 3rd -- Tot.
1 Florida 289 277 289 -- 855
2 Clemson 281 289 286 -- 856
3 Oklahoma 283 280 295 -- 858
4 Georgia 290 292 283 -- 865
5 Oklahoma 292 298 281 -- 871
6 N.C. State 293 283 300 -- 876
7 Virginia 292 294 293 -- 879
T8 Georgia Tech 296 299 285 -- 880
T8 Minnesota 288 296 296 -- 880
10 Texas 288 299 298 -- 885
T11 Virginia Tech 295 292 299 -- 886
T11 E. Tenn. State 304 289 293 -- 886
13 Purdue 300 298 292 -- 890
14 Kent State 293 297 302 -- 892
15 Northwestern 306 292 303 -- 901
16 Duke 300 294 311 -- 905
17 Illinois 306 313 301 -- 920
18 Michigan 319 302 301 -- 922

Individual Results

1 Matt Hendrix, Clemson 70-67-70=207 -9
2 Tyler Leon, Okla. St. 69-71-68=208 -8
3 Anthony Kim, Oklahoma 70-69-71=210 -6
4 Justin Smith, Minnesota 68-72-71=211 -5

ETSU Results

T7 Rhys Davies 73-68-72=213 -3
T19 Andrew Paduch 76-73-69=218 +2
T54 Cennydd Mills 77-73-75=225 +9
T70 Noel Kavanagh 80-75-77=232 +16
T70 Stephan Arnold 78-76-78=232 +16
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