Enoch earns share of East Regional crown; ETSU ties for sixth
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (May 22, 2010) - It was a bittersweet day for Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) and the ETSU men's golf team Saturday afternoon as Enoch qualified for the NCAA Nationals after earning a share of the East Regional crown, but the Bucs missed the cut by one stroke at The Course at Yale.
Enoch, who entered the third and final round with a one shot lead over Penn State's Kevin Foley, tied fellow Nittany Lion golfer T.J. Howe for the individual championship after carding an even-par 70 and wrapped up play at 7-under 203. Unfortunately, the 31st-ranked Buccaneers couldn't reach the top five placement despite turning in a respectable 2-under 278 performance in the final round.
After play was concluded and all the scores were all tallied, Texas and Kent State tied for the championship after finishing 5-under 835. Eight strokes separated the leaders from the critical top five cut; however, Virginia edged out both ETSU and Charlotte for the final spot in the NCAA Nationals - which begins June 1 at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. The Cavaliers finished the Regional at 3-over 843, while both the Bucs and 49ers carded identical scores of 4-over 844.
"I am really proud of Rhys and the way he performed under the pressure today," commented head ETSU men's golf coach Fred Warren. "He had a real solid round today and a great tournament overall."
As for Enoch, his season will continue for a few more weeks, but it was a little bittersweet for the junior Buccaneer golfer.
"I am excited to move on and advance to Nationals, but it's also tough because our team should be contending for the (National) Championship," said Enoch, who came away with an eagle on hole seven after sinking his second shot from 83 yards out. "It's going to be a little strange not having my teammates there, but I am looking forward to competing against the best. Everything came together at the right time for me this week and I feel like all the hard work paid off."
Sophomore Michael Stewart (Troon, Scotland) capped off a solid tournament by firing a 4-under 66 and moved up 20 spots to finish tied for eighth overall. Stewart registered a 2-under 208 over the three-day stretch.
Like Stewart, senior Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) concluded play with a strong final round effort, recording a 3-under 67. Power, a two-time Atlantic Sun Champion, closed out his ETSU career with a score of 4-over 214, tying him for 36th for the tournament.
"Seamus and Michael played really well today, but in the end we couldn't get that fourth score," said Warren. "We did a lot of good things out there, but we just came up short."
Enoch will now begin preparing for the NCAA Championships which begins Tuesday, June 1 in Ooltewah.
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Additional quotes from Enoch
On his final round play -
"I had a bit of a slow start. I tried to stay patient. After I birdied six and eagled seven, I knew I was playing well."
Enoch's overall comments of the course -
"The course reminds me of home (Cornwall, England). The greens are very tricky. A lot of holes suit my eye and are fun to play. The course requires draws, fades, high shots and low ones. It's a good test."