Davies powers ETSU to fourth-place finish at Franklin Street Partners Invitational
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Sunday, October 10, 2004

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Oct. 10, 2004) - East Tennessee State University sophomore Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) posted a final round 73 and finished with a total score of 7-under-par 208 Sunday, placing himself third on the individual leaderboard and helping power the Buccaneer men's golf team to a fourth place finish in the Franklin Street Partners Invitational at the UNC Finley Golf Course.

Host team North Carolina captured the overall championship in resounding fashion, posting a score of 25-under-par 839. The rest of the top four included Georgia Southern (845), Virginia (859), ETSU (875) and Charlotte (877).

Davies, who led by one stroke heading into final-round play, was attempting to become the first ETSU player to win an individual tournament title since Chris Wisler captured the 2000 BellSouth Invitational. Instead, Georgia Southern's David Palm captured the championship by one stroke over UNC's Martin Ureta.

ETSU head coach Fred Warren said he was proud of Davies' efforts.

"This was Rhys' first tournament of the year and I think he played extremely well," said Warren, who noted Davies' first two rounds of 67 and 69. "I think Rhys obviously has a bright future."

As for the rest of the Bucs, fellow sophomore Stephen Arnold (Langhorne, Pa.) continued to play well and finished 19th at 2-over for the tournament. In addition, freshman Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland) finished tied for 27th, senior Cennydd Mills (Cardiff, Wales) placed tied for 31st, and freshman Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) ended the event tied for 43rd.

The Bucs will return to action on Monday, Oct. 18 in the UT Tournament of Champions in Knoxville.

Franklin Street Partners Men's Invitational

UNC Finley Golf Course
Chapel Hill, NC
Men's Championship
Dates: Oct 08 - Oct 10
Third Round - Sunday

Team Results
1 North Carolina 288 275 276 839 -25
2 Georgia Southern 285 279 281 845 -19
3 Virginia, U. of 283 285 291 859 -5
4 East Tennessee St. 293 290 292 875 +11
5 Charlotte 289 292 296 877 +13
6 Tulsa 290 292 296 878 +14
7 N. Car. Wilmington 295 295 289 879 +15
8 Virginia Tech 294 296 298 888 +24
9 East Carolina Univ. 298 308 285 891 +27

Individual Results
1 David Palm Georgia Southern 68 70 69 207 -9
2 Martin Ureta North Carolina 73 67 68 208 -8
T3 Rhys Davies East Tennessee St. 67 69 73 209 -7
T3 Jonathan Jackson North Carolina 71 67 71 209 -7
T3 Aron Price Georgia Southern 76 65 68 209 -7
6 Mark Perry Virginia, U. of 70 72 69 211 -5
T7 Reed Darsie North Carolina 72 71 69 212 -4
T7 Adam Howell East Carolina Univ. 66 74 72 212 -4
T9 Andrew DiBitetto Charlotte 70 74 70 214 -2
T9 Ryan Henry Tulsa 70 72 72 214 -2

ETSU Results
T3 Rhys Davies 67 69 73 209
19 Stephen Arnold 72 74 72 218
T27 Cian McNamara 76 74 73 223
T31 Cennydd Mills 78 73 74 225
T43 Gareth Shaw 82 75 76 233

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