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Dramatic playoff gives Bucs spot in NCAA Championships
Saturday, May 19, 2007
After watching their name teeter above and below the magical Top 10 cutline throughout the afternoon at the Karsten Golf Course, the Bucs ultimately finished tied for ninth along with
"We thought we were in good shape, then it started looking like we weren't going to make, and then we were tied - it was a rollercoaster ride no doubt," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren. "We finished our round at noon and then we had to spend the rest of the day watching live scoring to see if we were going to make it. This is so much pressure, even more than the NCAA Championships because at least once you make it there you know you are going to have a finish. If you don't make the Top 10 here your season is over."
On a day when several teams posted extremely low scores, the Bucs put themselves in a dangerous position by posting a score of just 4-under 284 in the final round. While many other teams reached under par scores in double digits, what appeared to be a comfortable margin for the Bucs at the beginning of the day ultimately vanished.
However, after regrouping by resting at their hotel throughout the afternoon and arriving back at the course approximately an hour before the playoff, senior Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales), freshman Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland), junior Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland) and sophomore Jordan Findlay (Fraserburgh, Scotland) went to their respective playoff holes and promptly birdied all of them to give the Bucs a resounding win in the sudden death situation.
On the day, Davies - the team's two-time, first-team All-American and Ben Hogan Award finalist - carded a score of 4-under 68 to finish at 11-under for the event and finished as the Bucs' top individual performer with a tie for 14th. Meanwhile, powered by a final round score of 5-under 67, Shaw finished at 9-under for the regional and tied for 23rd.
"Especially with Rhys and all he's accomplished, I think our whole team didn't want it to end that way," said
As for the rest of the field,
The Bucs will now prepare for the NCAA Championships May 30-June 2 at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in
For more on ETSU men's golf and NCAA postseason play, visit ETSUBucs.com.