Davies leads ETSU men to top spot after one round at ASU Invitational
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Saturday, April 02, 2005

            AUGUSTA, Ga. (April 2, 2005) - Despite wind gusts of 35 mph which led to the postponement of second round play, the East Tennessee State University men's golf team maintained its composure and overcame the elements to grab the top spot on the team leaderboard after first round play Saturday in the Augusta State Invitational at the Forest Hills Golf Club.

 

            The Bucs, who posted a team score of 303, lead by one stroke over host Augusta State and by two strokes over third place Georgia Southern. ETSU was led by sophomore Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales), who posted a remarkable score of 2-under-par 70 and holds by two-stroke advantage over Augusta State's Scott Jamieson.

 

            Along with Davies, the Bucs got solid performances from freshmen Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland) and Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland), as well as senior Cennydd Mills (Cardiff, Wales). McNamara finished tied for 11th at 4-over-par, while Shaw and Mills are tied for 22nd and 36th, respectively.

 

            For the Bucs, it is the first time they have led a round since winning the 2001 NCAA East Regionals. According to head coach Fred Warren, having players from countries such as Ireland and Wales helped the Bucs survive despite the treacherous conditions.

 

            "You can tell from the scores today that's it's definitely an advantage to have players who are used to playing in these conditions," Warren said. "It really wasn't pleasant out there, and in recent memory, it was probably the worst we've played in. I think it came down to us surviving it better than some of the other teams."

 

            In a field that includes highly-ranked Wake Forest, Clemson, Duke and North Carolina, Warren said tomorrow's second and third round will be a test for the Bucs - both mentally and physically. Warren said Davies, who has won three of the last seven college tournaments in which he has competed, will have to continue to play well and the rest of the Bucs will have to again post respectable scores.

 

"Because we only played one round today, it's like we're only one third of the way through a one-mile race," Warren said. "But you have to be impressed with what Rhys accomplished out there. The wind was so strong trees were coming uprooted and falling all over the course."

 

Sunday's second and third round will begin at 8 a.m. For live results and standings, visit Golfstat.com.

 

Augusta State Invitational
Augusta, Ga.
Forest Hills Golf Club
Par 72 - 7231 yards

Team Results

1 East Tennessee St. +15 F +15 303 303
2 Augusta State +16 F +16 304 304
3 Georgia Southern +17 F +17 305 305
4 Georgia +20 F +20 308 308
5 Notre Dame, U. of +22 F +22 310 310
6 Alabama, U. of +23 F +23 311 311
T7 North Florida, U. of +26 F +26 314 314
T7 South Carolina +26 F +26 314 314
9 UCF +27 F +27 315 315
10 Duke University +28 F +28 316 316
T11 Southern California +29 F +29 317 317
T11 North Carolina +29 F +29 317 317
T13 Toledo +30 F +30 318 318
T13 Wake Forest Univ. +30 F +30 318 318
T15 Minnesota +32 F +32 320 320
T15 North Carolina State +32 F +32 320 320
17 Clemson +33 F +33 321 321
18 Virginia Tech +34 F +34 322 322

Individual Results
 
1 - Rhys Davies (10B) East Tennessee St. -2 F -2 70 70
T2 - Scott Jamieson (3) Augusta State E F E 72 72
T2 - Chris Kirk (1A) Georgia E F E 72 72
4 - Thomas Hagler (10A) Alabama, U. of +2 F +2 74 74
T5 - Mark Anderson (7) South Carolina +3 F +3 75 75
T5 - Jon David Kennedy (8B) Georgia Southern +3 F +3 75 75
T5 - Major Manning (1A) Augusta State +3 F +3 75 75
T5 - Nathan Smith (4A) Duke University +3 F +3 75 75
T5 - Giwon Suh (18B) UCF +3 F +3 75 75
T5 - Brendon Todd (2B) Georgia +3 F +3 75 75

ETSU Results
 
1. Rhys Davies 70
T11. Cian McNamara 76
T22. Gareth Shaw 78
T36. Cennydd Mills 79
T80. Stephen Arnold 84

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