Davies leads, team second at SoCon Men's Golf Championships
Davies leads, team second at SoCon Men's Golf Championships
Sunday, April 17, 2005


            DAVIDSON, N.C. (April 17, 2005) - Sophomore Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) fired a 4-under-par 68 to capture the first round lead at the Southern Conference Men's Golf Championships Sunday at the River Run Country Club.


            Davies' efforts helped the Buccaneers to a strong first-day showing, as they are currently just five strokes back of host Davidson College for the top spot on the team leaderboard. Currently, the top five teams include Davidson (+4), ETSU (+9), Chattanooga (+10), UNC Greensboro (+13) and Georgia Southern (+14).


            "Rhys played very well and was very solid," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren. "The course is a really nice course, but it played very difficult today. Our other guys really hung in there and battled. We're still hanging in there and are in position with two rounds to go."


            On the individual leaderboard, Davies, who entered the event as the country's No. 3-ranked collegiate player, holds a two-stroke advantage over Furman's Rob Langley and a three-stroke edge over Davidson's Steve Mayo. Meanwhile, Georgia Southern's Aron Price, who entered the event as the country's No. 5-ranked player, struggled in the opening round, firing a 5-over-par 77 and finishing 20th.


            Other ETSU results included freshmen Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland) and Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland), who finished 11th and 16th, respectively. McNamara posted a 2-over 74, while Shaw finished with a 4-over 76. Senior Cennydd Mills (Cardiff, Wales) finished with a 79, which placed him 38th after the first day.


            Second round play will continue on Monday, with third and final round play 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
River Run Country Club -- Davidson, N.C.
Sunday's Results
First Round

Team Results Score Holes Today
1 Davidson College +4 F 292
2 East Tennessee St. +9 F 297
3 Tenn.-Chattanooga +10 F 298
4 N. Car.- Greensboro +13 F 301
5 Georgia Southern U. +14 F 302
6 Charleston, Coll. of +19 F 307
6 Furman University +19 F 307
6 Elon University +19 F 307
9 Appalachian State U. +24 F 312
10 Western Carolina U. +26 F 314
11 Wofford College +40 F 328
12 Citadel, The +51 F 339

Individual Results Team Score Holes Today
1 Rhys Davies ETSU -4 F 68
2 Rob Langley Furman -2 F 70
3 Steve Mayo Davidson -1 F 71
4 Tim Dillon Davidson E F 72
Jon David Kennedy Ga. South E F 72
Gordon Strother Chattanoog E F 72
Bennett Smith Elon E F 72

ETSU Results Score Holes Today
1 Rhys Davies -4 F 68
11 Cian McNamara +2 F 74
16 Gareth Shaw +4 F 76
38 Cennydd Mills +7 F 79
60 Steve Arnold +22 F 94