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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 12, 2007) - Having said farewell to the most decorated golfer in the history of the program, the ETSU men's golf team enters the 2007-08 season with many questions, but still a great deal of anticipation and excitement. The Buccaneers, who have been ranked 14th in the preseason poll released by Golfweek/Sagarin, will open their new campaign Friday at the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Dalton, Ga.
After a career which included three straight PING first-team All-America selections and a No. 1 national ranking as a senior, Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) has moved on to continue his golfing career at the professional level. However, Davies leaves behind his four Buccaneer teammates, who a year ago helped lead the team to a record 21st conference title and their second straight trip to the NCAA Championships.
"We definitely will miss Rhys since he has been such a big part of our program for the past four years," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren, whose team finished 18th at the NCAA Championships last June. "But as we return everyone else, and have added three promising freshmen, our team is looking forward to the coming season."
Leading the Bucs this season will be honorable mention All-American and first-team All-Atlantic Sun selection Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland), who finished his junior season second on the squad in stroke average and enjoyed seven finishes of 16th or better. Shaw enters his senior year already earning national recognition, as he was selected preseason third team All-America by Golfweek. Along with Shaw, sophomore Seamus Power (
"Gareth returns for his senior year after earning honorable mention All-America honors and he's playing well,"
Along with the team's experienced players, the Bucs have added three true freshmen to the fold, all of whom have accomplished amateur careers already. The most impressive of the trio so far has been Rhys Enoch (
"Of the three freshmen, Rhys Enoch comes in with the most successes, having advanced to the third round of the British Amateur and finishing high in some important amateur events in the
"Rhys helped lead us back into the national rankings and left some big shoes to fill, but I am very encouraged with what I have seen so far in this year's team,"
For more on ETSU men's golf this weekend and throughout the upcoming year, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men's golf link.