Davies in fourth after two rounds at the Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic
Davies is five-under after one day of competition.
Davies is five-under after one day of competition.

Monday, November 20, 2006

                EL PASO, Texas (Nov. 20, 2006) - Senior Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) fired consecutive rounds under par, and sits in a tie four fourth place following the first day of competition at the 32nd Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic.


It is familiar territory for Davies, who finished fourth at the same event a year ago.  Davies carded rounds of 68 and 69 for a five-under total on the Par-71 6.837-yard course at the El Paso Country Club, and is seven strokes behind Vanderbilt's Luke List.  List, who won this event last year, set a tournament record with an opening round 62, and leads the tournament at 12-under par.


This year's tournament features eight Golfweek preseason first team All-Americans -Davies, Billy Horschel (Florida), Dustin Johnson (Coastal Carolina), Pablo Martin (Oklahoma State), Jonathan Moore (Oklahoma State), Cameron Tringale (Georgia Tech) and Dawie Van der Walt (Lamar). In all, 18 players in the field earned preseason All-America honors.


This year's field includes three members of the 2006 U.S. Palmer Cup team - Chris Kirk (Georgia), Kevin Larsen (Georgia Tech) and Luke List (Vanderbilt). Three members of 2006 European Palmer Cup squad are also in field - Davies, Martin and Mark Haastrup (Georgia State).


Also in the field this year is returning champion Luke List, who will be making his third appearance in El Paso. Both medalists from last season's NCAA Division I and Division II Championships are set to compete in this year's event. Oklahoma State's Moore took top honors at the Division I Championships and paced Oklahoma State to their 10th NCAA title. Jamie Amoretti of St. Mary's University won the Division II title, as the Rattlers finished ninth.


Last season, the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic ranked as the No. 1 tournament in the country for the second consecutive season, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.


Throughout the years, many Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic competitors have gone on to pursue successful careers in the Professional Golfers' Association of America and on the PGA Tour. Some of the past champions include Ricky Barnes (2000), Notah Begay (1994), David Duval (1991), Matt Kuchar (1999), Davis Love III (1984), Chris Nallen (2003), Jerry Pate (1974) and Tiger Woods (1995).


Horschel equaled List's feat with a second-round 62, and is in third place at nine-under.  Kirk is one back, following rounds of 65 and 66.


The tournament concludes with an 18-hole final round Tuesday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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