ETSU men's golf moves to No. 9 in Golfstat ranking; Davies named semifinalist for Ben Hogan Award
ETSU men's golf moves to No. 9 in Golfstat ranking; Davies named semifinalist for Ben Hogan Award
Wednesday, March 29, 2006


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 29, 2006) - Despite having the last week off from competition, the ETSU men's golf team moved up one spot to No. 9 in the most recent national college ranking released by on Tuesday. In addition, the Bucs maintained their Top 15 rankings in three other major polls released by Golfweek/Sagarin, Golf World and the Golf Coaches Association of America.


The Bucs, who most recently finished fifth at the GCAA Hall of Fame Invitational in Houston, Texas, have posted four-straight Top 5 finishes this spring - including a win at the General Hackler Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which was the first regular season tournament victory by the squad since 2001. In addition, junior Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) currently stands as the No. 5 player in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.


In addition to the ranking news, Davies was once again named as a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award. The most prestigious award in men's college golf, The Hogan is presented annually to the top men's NCAA Division I, II or III, NAIA or junior college golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competitions during the last 12 months.


Davies, a 2005 PING First-Team All-American who was a finalist for The Hogan a year ago, is joined on the list by fellow 2005 first-team selections Roberto Castro of Georgia Tech, Matt Every of Florida, Oklahoma Anthony Kim and Pablo Martin of Oklahoma State. Baylor's Ryan Baca, Andres Gonzales of UNLV, Brian Harman and Chris Kirk of Georgia and Wake Forest's Kyle Reifers were also named semifinalists.


Finalists for The Hogan will be named on May 2. The three finalists will then attend The Hogan Award banquet on Saturday, May 13 at Colonial Country Club - the Saturday prior to the Bank of America Colonial - with the recipient announced that evening.


The Bucs return this weekend, playing Saturday and Sunday at the Administaff ASU Invitational in Augusta, Ga. Live scoring will be available at Team rankings (week of March 28)                    

  1. Georgia                                                
  2. Oklahoma State                                    
  3. Florida                                                 
  4. Georgia Tech
  5. UCLA
  6. Georgia State
  7. Brigham Young 
  8. Baylor
  9. ETSU
  10. UNLV
  11. Arizona State
  12. Tennessee
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Tulsa
  15. North Carolina
  16. South Carolina
  17. Duke
  18. Clemson
  19. Texas Tech
  20. Minnesota
  21. Southern California
  22. Kentucky
  23. Alabama
  24. Wake Forest
  25. Northwestern


2006 The Ben Hogan Semifinalists

(in alphabetical order)

Ryan Baca, Baylor

Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech

Rhys Davies, East Tennessee State

Matt Every, Florida

Andres Gonzales, UNLV

Brian Harman, Georgia

Anthony Kim, Oklahoma

Chris Kirk, Georgia

Pablo Martin, Oklahoma State

Kyle Reifers, Wake Forest