Davies leads, Bucs 6th at NCAA East Regional
Sophomore Rhys Davies leads heading into final round play at the NCAA East Regional.
Sophomore Rhys Davies leads heading into final round play at the NCAA East Regional.

Friday, May 20, 2005

            KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. (May 20, 2005) - Heading into the final day of play at the NCAA East Regional, the East Tennessee State University men's golf team is in good position as it vies for a spot in the NCAA Championships.

 

Thanks in great part to sophomore Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales), who currently leads on the individual leaderboard with a score of 11-under par 131 (66-65), the Bucs finished the first two rounds of play at the Golf Club of Tennessee Friday with a score of 2-under par 566 (281-285). That score put ETSU in sixth place by one stroke over Alabama, and the Bucs trail first-place Wake Forest by 12 strokes. Davies leads Duke's Michael Schachner by one stroke for the individual championship.

 

"It was solid, but it wasn't great," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren, whose team is trying to make its 11th trip to the NCAAs in 19 seasons under his direction. "It could have been better, but it could have been worse also. Sixth is a good place to be, but we're only four strokes out of 11th and that's what you have to be concerned with."

 

The top 10 teams following Saturday's final round will receive bids to the NCAA Championships, while the other 17 teams in the event will see their seasons come to an end.

 

Davies' efforts so far only reinforce what has been a record-setting 2004-05 season for the Welshman. The sophomore already holds the ETSU record for individual championships with five victories this year, while also enjoying a total of 12 sub-70 rounds. The nation's third-ranked player, Davies also finds himself in good position for at least an individual invitation to the NCAAs.

 

"The top 10 teams and the two (individual low scorers) from the remaining teams make the NCAAs," Warren said. "Obviously, Rhys played well and continues to be very consistent for us."

 

Other notable ETSU results at present include freshmen Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland) and Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland). McNamara is currently 1-under and tied for 24th, while Shaw is 1-over and tied for 39th.

 

The NCAA East Regional will continue with third and final round play scheduled for Saturday. For up-to-date results from the event, click on the LIVE STATISTICS link provided under the Info Center on the men's golf home page located at ETSUBucs.com.

NCAA East Regional
Golf Club of Tennessee (Kingston Springs, Tenn.)
May 19-21, 2005; Par: 71, Yardage: 6864
Friday - Second Round
Team Leader Board

Course:Golf Club of Tennessee: Championship Par 71 - 6864 yards
current
position
team scoring rounds total score to par
thru today
1 2
1 Wake Forest Univ. -14 F -1 271 283 554
2 Florida -11 F -14 287 270 557
T3 Georgia -10 F -1 275 283 558
T3 Tennessee, Univ. of -10 F -8 282 276 558
5 Duke University -9 F -12 287 272 559
6 East Tennessee St. -2 F +1 281 285 566
T7 Alabama, U. of -1 F +3 280 287 567
T7 Louisville, U. of -1 F -2 285 282 567
9 Georgia Tech E F -1 285 283 568
10 Georgia Southern +1 F +4 281 288 569
 
The top 10 teams advance to the National Championship
(Ties will be played off)
 
11 Georgia State Univ. +2 F +7 279 291 570
12 Clemson +4 F +3 285 287 572
13 Coastal Carolina +5 F +5 284 289 573
T14 North Carolina +6 F +14 276 298 574
T14 Virginia, U. of +6 F E 290 284 574
T16 Charlotte +12 F +5 291 289 580
T16 UCF +12 F +18 278 302 580
18 Indiana University +18 F +8 294 292 586
19 Towson University +20 F +11 293 295 588
20 Penn State U. +24 F +15 293 299 592
T21 Maryland, U. of +27 F +7 304 291 595
T21 Vanderbilt +27 F +10 301 294 595
23 Rutgers University +29 F +7 306 291 597
24 N. Car. Wilmington +34 F +20 298 304 602
25 Army   +36 F +22 298 306 604
26 Rhode Island, U. of +56 F +31 309 315 624
27 Boston College +65 F +31 318 315 633

Player Leader Board

* player is participating as an individual rather than as a team member.
Course:Golf Club of Tennessee: Championship Par 71 - 6864 yards
position player team scoring rounds total score current start to
par thru today
1 2
1 T3 Rhys Davies East Tennessee St. -11 F -6 66 65 131
2T 20 Michael Schachner Duke University -10 F -8 69 63 132
T3 T37 Matt Every (10) Florida -8 F -8 71 63 134
T3 T1 Dustin Johnson Coastal Carolina -8 F -2 65 69 134
T3 T3 Ross McGowan Tennessee, Univ. of -8 F -3 66 68 134
T3 T1 Kyle Reifers Wake Forest Univ. -8 F -2 65 69 134
T3 T3 Brendon Todd (10) Georgia -8 F -3 66 68 134

6 East Tennessee St. -2 F 281 285 566
1 Rhys Davies -11 F 66 65 131
T24 Cian McNamara -1 F 71 70 141
T39 Gareth Shaw +1 F 71 72 143
T104 Cennydd Mills +10 F 73 79 152
T132 Noel Kavanagh +17 F 81 78 159

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