Davies captures ninth career event; becomes repeat winner at Seminole Intercollegiate
Tuesday, March 6, 2007


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 6, 2007) - ETSU senior Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) used a round highlighted by five birdies to post a score of 3-under 69 and capture his second Seminole Intercollegiate individual title Tuesday during third and final round play at the Golden Eagle Country Club. Davies, who won this same tournament as a sophomore, now owns nine career collegiate titles, which stands as the ETSU all-time record for tournament victories by an individual.


"The first day here was a bit of a struggle for me, but the last two rounds I think I was a lot better," said Davies, who recovered from a 1-over-par 73 in the first round to card rounds of 68 and 69 on the final two days of competition. "I had the lead overnight with some other players really close behind me, but I was determined to go about my business today and not think about them. Sometimes I played cautious today, but I was also positive and tried to play the best I could."


Davies' efforts helped lead the Buccaneers - who moved up to No. 10 in the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin national team rankings - to a solid fourth place finish after struggling in the first round and beginning the tournament tied for 11th. ETSU posted the low team score of the day with a 285, finishing 13 strokes back of team champion Auburn at 1-over.


"We shot the low round of the day which was really positive," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren. "Rhys shot a great round to pick up his ninth collegiate win and his second victory of this season. It was good to see the guys step up and move up the leaderboard today. We were tied for eighth at the start of the day, so we made as big a move as we could."


Davies said he and his teammates were glad to rally after the tough opening round.


"The last two days we were really steady," said Davies, who finished at 6-under and bested second-place Zach Sucher of UAB by two strokes. "We were disappointed with the first day, but we are a very confident team. I think we can build on some of the things we did the last two rounds, and we're looking forward to the rest of the events this semester."


Other ETSU results of note on Tuesday included a 2-under 70 by junior Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland), who finished the event tied for 23rd. Meanwhile, both sophomore Jordan Findlay (Fraserburgh, Scotland) and freshman Seamus Power (Waterford, Ireland) finished the day with 1-over 73s. Power ended the event tied for 29th.


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