Senior Rhys Pugh led the Buccaneers at the 2013 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.
"Getting to Know" Rhys Pugh
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2014) -- Leading up to this weekend's Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, the ETSU men‘s golf team will be featured in a "Getting to Know" segment on

Our third golfer to be featured is senior Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales). Pugh, a 2013 participant at the Open Championship at Muirfield, is also a two-time Walker Cup member. The Welshman has also earned a pair of All-Atlantic Sun honors, while leading the Buccaneers in scoring average (72.8) and posted a team-best six top-10 finishes a year ago. Last fall, Pugh played in the Sun Bowl Western Refining All-America Golf Classic, which is considered “The No. 1 tournament in collegiate golf,” and played in both the last two British Amateur and U.S. Amateur Championships. Pugh tied for eighth at last year’s Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, marking ETSU’s top individual finish since Rhys Enoch tied for fifth in 2009.

Getting to Know Rhys Pugh...

Academic Major: Sport Management

Favorite Song: “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit

Favorite Actor: Matt Damon

Favorite Book: "Quiet" by Susan Cain

Favorite Movie: "The Legend of Bagger Vance" and “Happy Gilmore”

Favorite TV Show: “The Vampire Diaries” / “Medium” / “Criminal Minds”

Favorite Food: Mexican Food

Favorite Sports Moment: Justin Rose winning the 2013 U.S. Open

Favorite Quote: "Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes” Jim Carrey

Favorite Athlete: Phil Taylor – 16-time World Champion in Darts

Favorite Subject in School: Psychology

Favorite Vacation Spot: Sea Island, Georgia

What‘s the number one thing on your bucket list: Where’s my next meal coming from

What is one thing you can‘t live without and why: Family / Friends / Girlfriend

If you could be one person for a day, who would it be? Myself

If you weren‘t playing men's golf, what sport would you play: I probably wouldn’t be playing a sport

Do you have a pregame tradition: Sadly, I don’t have any pregame traditions

Why did you choose ETSU: I came to ETSU because of the golf program, facility, past Welsh players, Coach Warren, the difficult schedule and the academic programs

What does it mean to play golf for the Buccaneers: It’s an honor to represent ETSU and a privilege to play on the golf team

What’s your favorite sports moment at ETSU: When we won at NC State last year

What are your plans after graduation: To turn pro back in Europe

What‘s one thing people don‘t know about you: I am an open book – if you ask me I will tell you anything you want to know

What‘s your favorite thing to do in the off season: To relax and chill out

The first round of the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate gets underway Friday morning at the Blackthorn Club.

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