Davies fired a final round score of 4-under-par 68 and finished a grueling four-hole playoff with Tennessee's Jonathan Mount as co-champion of the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate Tuesday at the Shoal Creek Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala. Davies, who had been tied with former ETSU great Garrett Willis for the all-time career win record with five a year ago, now stands alone atop the Buccaneer record lists with six individual titles.
"To get a win in the first tournament of the year is pleasing," said Davies, who now has 16 career sub-70 rounds and has won a remarkable six of his last 11 collegiate events. "It's also pleasing to see how well we played as a team. That's a really positive way to start things this year."
Indeed, not to be lost in Davies' individual accomplishment was the Bucs' overall fourth-place finish in the team standings. ETSU ended the event just six strokes back of team champion LSU, besting several quality teams, including five that were ranked in the nation's Top 50 a year ago (Florida, Georgia State, SMU, Alabama and UCF).
The Bucs managed the quality showing thanks to a strong team effort. Sophomore Gareth Shaw (Lisburn,
Following regulation play, Notre Dame's Cole Isban was knocked out of the three-way playoff on the first hole, leaving Davies and Mount to battle it out for three more holes. Davies was forced to sink long putts to stay alive on the first and third playoff hole, while Mount enjoyed a break on the second playoff hole when his shot found the trees and then kicked back into the fairway. After remaining deadlocked after the fourth playoff hole, both Davies and Mount were named individual medalists.
According to ETSU head coach Fred Warren, the event was a perfect way to begin the 2005-06 season.
"It would be easy to find six shots we left out there, but it was definitely a positive start to the season,"
ETSU will return to action in a week, playing at the Mattaponi Springs Shootout in
Shoal Creek Intercollegiate
Shoal Creek Golf Club (Birmingham, Ala.)
Par 72 - 7,200 yards
Tuesday's Final Results
284-289-290=863 2. Tennessee
285-285-294=864 3. UAB
295-281-291=867 4. ETSU
294-289-286=869 5. Georgia State
288-292-290=870 6. Notre Dame
291-288-293=872 7. Florida
290-284-300=874 8. Florida State
295-284-299=878 9. N.C. State
298-289-292=879 10. SMU
297-290-297=884 11. Alabama
290-304-297=891 T12. UCF
300-292-300=892 T12. North Florida
299-294-299=892 14. Toledo
302-297-299=898 15. Birmnghm Southern
1. Rhys Davies, ETSU
72-70-68=210 Jonathan Mount, Tennessee
70-69-71=210 Cole Isban, Notre Dame
69-69-72=210 4. Matt Every, Florida
71-67-73=211 Beck Troutman, LSU
T1. Rhys Davies
72-70-68=210 T10. Gareth Shaw
69-74-73=216 31. Cian McNamara
78-70-73=221 T63. Jordan Findlay
79-80-72=231 T63. Adam Hodkinson