The Buccaneers, fresh off their 15th trip to the NCAA Championships in 2005-06, ended last year ranked in the Top 20 in every major national listing and finished 21st at the NCAAs. Returning its entire starting lineup - including the nation's No. 4-ranked individual and a two-time first-team All-American in senior Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) - ETSU will start the 2006-07 campaign ranked as high as 16th by Golfworld.com and 17th in the Golfweek/Sagarin computer rankings.
"We are looking forward to getting started again," said head coach Fred Warren, who enters his 21st season at ETSU. "We‘re playing a fairly light fall schedule - only three tournaments - but all three have very strong fields and should be good tests for our team. The fall will still be busy for a couple of our guys, with Rhys and Gareth (Shaw) selected to play for the Eisenhower Trophy at the World Amateur Championship in South Africa in late October, and Rhys will again play in the Western Refining All-America Classic in El Paso in November."
The Bucs do return a bevy of talent this year, beginning with Davies, who has a program best seven individual tournament titles and led the team a year ago with a scoring average of 70.9. Along with Davies, All-South Region selection Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) and A-Sun All-Freshman Team selection Jordan Findlay (Fraserburgh, Scotland) return, while junior Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland) and sophomore Adam Hodkinson (Dore, England) round out the Bucs' returning players.
New additions to the squad include highly-touted freshmen Seamus Power (
"We have a chance to have a good team this year with all of our starters returning from last year, and with two very good freshmen in the lineup,"
"The increased depth and experience should help us, but it goes without saying that we will be led by Rhys."
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