Davies still leads, Bucs one stroke back at SoCon
Davies still leads, Bucs one stroke back at SoCon
Monday, April 18, 2005

            DAVIDSON, N.C. (April 18, 2005) - With one round to play, the East Tennessee State men's golf team finds itself just one stroke back of team-leading Davidson following Monday's second round play in the Southern Conference Championships at the River Run Country Club.


            Entering the day three strokes back of the lead, the Buccaneers posted a second round 298 and gained two strokes on the Wildcats in the team competition. The Bucs are joined in second place by Chattanooga, while UNC Greensboro and Georgia Southern are within striking distance of the top.


In the individual competition, ETSU sophomore Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) holds a solid five-stroke lead on the individual leaderboard heading into the final round. Davies, who posted a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday, finished the second round at even-par 72 thanks to a chip-in for eagle on the No. 18 Par 5. He currently leads Davidson's Steve Mayo by fives strokes, while Chattanooga's Gordon Strother and Elon's Bennett Smith are both six strokes back.


"It's rather crowded at the top with five teams within six shots of the lead, but we feel good about having this chance heading into the final day," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren, who hopes to set a SoCon record by leading the Bucs to their 12th championship in his tenure. "Rhys struggled to make some putts today, but his eagle on 18 really brought a roar from the crowd. He was able to build his lead to five strokes which is good."


As for the rest of the Bucs, freshman Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland) is currently tied for 10th at 5-over for the tournament, while freshman Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) is tied for 19th at 7-over. Senior Cennydd Mills (Cardiff, Wales) is tied for 36th.


            Third and final round play is scheduled for Tuesday. ETSU fans can keep with the Buccaneer men's golf team by visiting Golfstat.com for live results from the event, or they can get a complete wrap-up of the day's play by visiting ETSUBucs.com.

Southern Conference Men's Golf Championships Davidson, N.C.
River Run Country Club Monday's Results
Second Round Team Results

Team Results Today
1. Davidson 292-302=594
T2. Chattanooga 298-297=595
T2. ETSU 297-298=595
4. UNC Greensboro 301-297=598
5. Georgia Southern 302-298=600
6. Western Carolina 314-291=605
7. Elon 307-300=607
8. Furman 307-301=608
9. Charleston 307-308=615
10. Appalachian State 312-312=624
11. Wofford 328-313=641
12. The Citadel 339-310=649

Individual Results Team Today
1. Rhys Davies ETSU 68-72=140
2. Steve Mayo Davidson 71-74=145
T3. Gordon Strother Chattanooga 72-74=146
T3. Bennett Smith Elon 72-74=146
T5. Tim Dillon Davidson 72-76=148
T5. Bryce Ledford Chattanooga 75-73=148
T5. Nick Baker UNC Greensboro 75-73=148
T5. Aron Price Georgia Southern 77-71=148
T5. Donald Morrow Western Carolina 77-71=148

ETSU Results Today
1. Rhys Davies 68-72=140
T10. Cian McNamara 74-75=149
T19. Gareth Shaw 76-75=151
T36. Cennydd Mills 79-76=155
60. Steve Arnold 94-78=172