Davies captures first collegiate title, Bucs finish fourth at Carpet Capital Collegiate
Davies fired a 73 on the final day and finished 1-over-par for the tournament.
Davies fired a 73 on the final day and finished 1-over-par for the tournament.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

ROCKY FACE, Ga. (Nov. 7, 2004) - In his previous two tournaments of the fall season, Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) finished second and tied for third. This weekend, he finally came out on top.

 

Firing a final round score of 73 on Sunday and finishing at 1-over-par for the event, Davies bested second-place finisher Luke List of Vanderbilt by one stroke to capture individual medalist honors in the Carpet Capital Collegiate at the Farm Golf Club. Davies' efforts also bolstered a strong final round for the Buccaneers, who posted a 292 on Sunday and picked up their third-straight Top 5 finish.

 

"Every tournament this fall I've been in contention and it's nice to finally break through," said Davies, who recently finished 25th in the World Amateur Championships. "Obviously, this is a great achievement, but I'm really more pleased with my consistency all year so far. I just want to keep that up in the spring."

 

Longtime ETSU head coach Fred Warren said this is arguably the most impressive individual championship for the Bucs since former standout Keith Nolan capture the 1997 Preview championship.

 

"Because of the strength of this field, it's got to be pretty close to what Keith Nolan accomplished in 1997," said Warren, who pointed out that 14 of the 18 teams in the event were ranked in the Top 30 nationally and that 17 preseason All-Americans were in the field. "Rhys just played a very good, solid round. The course was playing very tough and even-par was a great score today."

 

Davies was not the only Buccaneer to come through on the final day.

 

Coming into Sunday's final round in eighth place on the team leaderboard, the Bucs got sterling even-par scores from both senior Cennydd Mills (Cardiff, Wales) and freshman Cian McNamara (Limerick, Ireland). Meanwhile, freshman Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) enjoyed a solid round of 3-over-par 75. Mills finished the event tied for 31st, while McNamara and Shaw finished tied for 51st and 66th, respectively.

 

Georgia took home the team championship by two strokes over Wake Forest, and the Bucs finished 16 strokes off the Bulldogs' pace. However, the Bucs did best schools such as Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Auburn, TCU, Duke and N.C. State.

 

This was the final event of the fall season for the Bucs.

Team Leader Board

Course:The Farm Golf Club: The Farm
Par 72 - 7010 yards

Current
Position
Team To Par Rounds Total
Score
1 Georgia +15 290 297 292 879
2 Wake Forest Univ. +17 301 292 288 881
3 Georgia Tech +19 299 296 288 883
4 East Tennessee St. +31 305 298 292 895
5 Clemson +32 303 299 294 896
6 Auburn +34 301 303 294 898
7 Duke University +35 300 301 298 899
T8 TCU +36 306 301 293 900
T8 New Mexico +36 295 302 303 900
10 Florida +37 305 295 301 901
11 Augusta State +39 312 300 291 903
12 Texas Tech +41 314 301 290 905
13 South Carolina +43 318 301 288 907
14 Vanderbilt +46 302 307 301 910
15 Tennessee, Univ. of +48 303 315 294 912
16 Southern California +49 306 303 304 913
17 North Carolina State +78 318 310 314 942
18 Florida State Univ. +81 319 302 324 945

Player Leader Board


Position Player Team Scoring
To Par
Rounds Total
Score
current start       1 2 3  
1 T3 Rhys Davies East Tennessee St. +1 74 70 73 217
T2 1 Luke List (10) Vanderbilt +2 73 69 76 218
T2 T7 Sean Moore Wake Forest Univ. +2 73 74 71 218
T2 T3 Madalitso Muthiya New Mexico +2 70 74 74 218
5 T3 Brendon Todd Georgia +3 75 69 75 219
T6 T16 Colby Beckstrom (10) TCU +4 72 78 70 220
T6 T3 Ryan Blaum Duke University +4 75 69 76 220
T6 2 David Denham Georgia +4 69 74 77 220
T6 T13 Patton Kizzire Auburn +4 71 78 71 220

ETSU Results
1 Rhys Davies 74-70-73=217
T32 Cennydd Mills 76-78-72=226
T51 Cian McNamara 76-82-72=230
T66 Gareth Shaw 80-79-75=234
DNF Stephen Arnold 79-71-DNF=DNF
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