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Davies, Europeans enjoy record-setting Palmer Cup victory
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Friday, June 30, 2006

 

PRESTWICK, Scotland (June 30, 2006) —  Posting a perfect 4-0 mark in his matches, ETSU rising senior Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) helped power Europe to a record-breaking 19.5-4.5 victory over the United States at the 10th Palmer Cup at Prestwick Golf Club in Prestwick, Scotland.  The former record was a 19-5 U.S. win against GB&I in the inaugural Palmer Cup in 1997 at Bay Hill.
        
            Davies, who was 2-0 during Thursday's opening day, teamed up with Stephen Lewton to down American's Chris Kirk and Kevin Larsen 4 and 3 in the morning's foursome matches. In the afternoon, Davies took his second singles win of the event when he downed Luke List, 3 and 2. Davies birdied the first hole before bogeying No. 5 to even the match. He would claim Nos. 11-13 while the two halved the remaining three holes.

The Europeans dominated from the beginning, leading 10-2 after Thursday's play and wrapping up the team victory during Friday's morning session. The Palmer Cup is a Ryder Cup-style event that pits the best players in college golf.

 

Davies record all-time in the Palmer Cup improves to 7-4-1. ETSU's all-time leader for individual victories with seven, Davies is a two-time PING First-Team All-American and finished the 2005-06 season ranked No. 4 nationally.

 

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2006 Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Prestwick Golf Club
Day Two Results
Prestwick Golf Club
Prestwick, Scotland

Europe 19½, United States 4½

 

Foursomes Matches Results
Alejandro Cañizares/Pablo Martin, Europe def. Ryan Blaum/Roberto Castro, USA, 6 and 5
Oscar Floren/Mark Haastrup, Europe def. Ryan Baca/Clay Ogden, USA, 1-up
Joost Luiten/Richard Ramsay, Europe def. Brian Harman/Luke List, USA, 3 and 2
Rhys Davies/Stephen Lewton, Europe def. Chris Kirk/Kevin Larsen, USA, 4 and 3

Singles Matches Results
Pablo Martin, Europe def. Roberto Castro, USA, 3 and 2
Ryan Blaum, USA def. Oscar Floren, Europe, 4 and 2
Mark Haastrup, Europe def. Brian Harman, USA, 5 and 3
Alejandro Cañizares, Europe def. Ryan Baca, USA, 1-up
Joost Luiten, Europe def. Kevin Larsen, USA, 2-up
Stephen Lewton, Europe halved Clay Ogden, USA
Rhys Davies, Europe def. Luke List, USA, 3 and 2
Chris Kirk, USA def. Richard Ramsay, Europe, 1-up