ETSU's Davies fires record 64 to finish tied for second at Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions
Davies matched the all-time ETSU record for single round score with a 64.
Davies matched the all-time ETSU record for single round score with a 64.

Monday, October 18, 2004

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 18, 2004) - After one round at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions, ETSU sophomore Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) needed something to brighten his day. He got just what he was hoping for in the form of blustery winds and rain, reminding him of his home back in Wales.

 

Braving the elements, Davies fired a remarkable 7-under-par 64 in the second round Monday at Holston Hills Country Club, setting a new tournament record and matching the ETSU record for low round. His efforts left Davies in a tie for second place on the individual leaderboard at 3-under for the tournament, and powered ETSU to a third-place finish on the team leaderboard heading into Tuesday's third and final round.

 

"To be honest, I was not playing well in the morning," said Davies, who is one stroke behind Georgia Southern's Aron Price for the individual lead. "When the wind and rain came in I really thought I could hold my score and I had a great finish. Having played so much in wind and bad weather, I knew how to allow for the wind and other conditions. I learned from those experiences and used that to my advantage."

 

Davies - whose round of 64 was bogey free and included seven birdies - enjoyed five-straight birdies to end his day and recovered from a tough 4-over 75 in the first round. The 64 matches the ETSU record for low round, which was set by Chris Wisler in the Golf World Invitational in the fall of 2000, and the 64 also broke former Buc Garrett Willis' Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions record of 66.

 

As a team, the Bucs are 7-over for the tournament, six strokes back of team-leading Tennessee, which is the host of the event. The Bucs are just two strokes back of second-place Alabama.

 

As for the rest of the Bucs, freshmen Cian McNamara (Limerick, Northern Ireland) and Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) both finished tied for 17th at 2-over for the day. Shaw's round was highlighted by a sub-70 round of 69. In addition, sophomore Steve Arnold (Langhorne, Pa.) finished tied for 37th and senior Cennydd Mills (Cardiff, Wales) finished tied for 71st.

 

"I'm really proud of our guys, especially with a young team comprised of two freshmen and two sophomores," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren. "It really seemed like the weather played to Rhys' strengths and it was a fun round to watch."

 

Third and final round play at Holston Hills will continue on Tuesday. See the accompanying score sheets for complete results.

Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions
Holston Hills Country Club; Knoxville, Tenn.

Dates: 10/18 - 10/19
Par: 71; Yardage: 6932

Monday

Team Results
 
1 Tennessee, Univ. of 284 285 569 +1
2 Alabama, U. of 285 288 573 +5
3 East Tennessee St. 287 288 575 +7
4 Vanderbilt Univ. 291 285 576 +8
5 Virginia, U. of 282 298 580 +12
6 Georgia Southern U. 285 296 581 +13
  Pepperdine Univ. 287 294 581 +13
8 Louisville, U. of 289 296 585 +17
9 Austin Peay State U. 290 296 586 +18
10 Tulane University 293 294 587 +19
11 Royal Canadian Golf 293 295 588 +20
12 Swedish Jr. National 300 292 592 +24
13 South Alabama, U. of 294 301 595 +27
14 Louisiana-Lafayette 298 301 599 +31
15 UAB 301 301 602 +34
 
Individual Results
 
1 Aron Price Ga. South 69 69 138 -4
2 Rhys Davies ETSU 75 64 139 -3
  Chris Wheeler Tulane 70 69 139 -3
  Luke List Vanderbilt 68 71 139 -3
5 Michael Putnam Pepperdine 68 72 140 -2
  Charlie Woo Louisville 71 69 140 -2
7 David Skinns Tennessee 72 69 141 -1
  Brett Lange Vanderbilt 71 70 141 -1
  Joseph Sykora Alabama 72 69 141 -1
  *Ross McGowan Tennessee 69 72 141 -1
 
ETSU Results
 
3 East Tennessee St. 287 288 575
T2 Rhys Davies 75 64 139
T17 Cian McNamara 71 73 144
T17 Gareth Shaw 69 75 144
T39 Steve Arnold 72 76 148
T71 Cennydd Mills 76 80 156

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