ETSU's Davies currently atop leaderboard at SoCon Championships
ETSU's Rhys Davies pitches up to the green during Monday's second round in the SoCon Championships at the Ridges Golf and Country Club in Jonesborough.
ETSU's Rhys Davies pitches up to the green during Monday's second round in the SoCon Championships at the Ridges Golf and Country Club in Jonesborough.

Monday, April 19, 2004

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (April 19, 2004) -- After fighting through gusty winds and somewhat treacherous conditions, the Furman Paladins and Georgia Southern Eagles find themselves tied atop the team leaderboard after second round play Monday in the Southern Conference Men's Golf Championships at the Ridges Golf and Country Club. Meanwhile, East Tennessee State freshman Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) currently leads the individual competition after firing a round of 1-over-par on Monday. Currently, Davies stands at even-par for the event after shooting 1-under on Sunday. Davies holds a one-stroke advantage over Chattanooga's Matt Brock, Georgia Southern's Aron Price, Furman's Matt Davidson, and Appalachian State's Matt Riddick. Davies, who won the British Boys Amateur championship last summer, said he is comfortable teeing off as the leader on the final day. "I don't plan on doing anything different really," Davies said. "You go out there and take each shot as it comes. You practice and play to be in this position, and if it's good enough to get you where you are now, it's good enough to carry you through." Furman and Georgia Southern both posted overall scores of 591, while Davidson and UNC Greensboro are tied for third at 597. Meanwhile, Chattanooga (601), Appalachian State (603), East Tennessee State (605), Wofford (608), Elon (610) and College of Charleston (613) rounded out the Top 10. "We were disappointed in our scores (in the first round)," said Georgia Southern head coach Larry Mays, whose team is the defending conference champion. "Today (the course) played tough, which I think helped us out a bit. We also knew we were going to need some help from Furman if we were going to get back in it, and we got that." Indeed, after posting a first-round score of 285, the Paladins came back to the field by posting a second-round total of 306. While Furman head coach Todd Satterfield was not pleased with the effort, he was still happy to be tied atop the team standings. "Obviously, we've got to take that as a positive going into the last round even though we didn't play as well as we'd like," Satterfield said. "Especially on the last few holes, we made a couple of doubles that counted for us. But, as I said, we've got to take the positive that we're still in position to win." Final round play in the SoCon Championships will begin at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Ridges. Admission is free to the public.

Southern Conference Champion.
The Ridges Golf and CC Jonesborough,TN
Dates: 04/18 - 04/20 (Today:04-19-2004)
Par: 72
Yardage: 7147

Team Results

1 Georgia Southern U. 297 294 591
  Furman University 285 306 591
3 Davidson College 297 300 597
  N. Car.- Greensboro 299 298 597
5 Tenn.-Chattanooga 298 303 601
6 Appalachian State U. 294 309 603
7 East Tennessee St. 303 302 605
8 Wofford College 300 309 609
9 Elon University 306 304 610
10 Charleston, Coll. of 300 313 613
11 Western Carolina U. 307 311 618
12 Citadel, The 309 318 627

Individual Results

1 Rhys Davies E Tenn. St 71 73 144
2 Matt Brock Chattanoog 74 71 145
  Aron Price Ga. South 73 72 145
  Matt Davidson Furman 70 75 145
  Matt Riddick Appal. St. 70 75 145

ETSU Results

  1 Rhys Davies 71 73 144
T 26 Andrew Paduch 77 76 153
T 29 Jeremy Hobson 78 76 154
T 29 Cennydd Mills 77 77 154
T 37 Chase Baldwin 78 77 155
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