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 (
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
|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|
|7||Duke University||+35||300||301 298||899|
|T8||New Mexico||+36||295||302 303||900|
|11||Augusta State||+39||312||300 291||903|
|12||Texas Tech||+41||314||301 290||905|
|13||South Carolina||+43||318||301 288||907|
|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
|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|
|T6||T16||Colby Beckstrom (10)||TCU||+4||72||78||70||220|
|T6||T3||Ryan Blaum||Duke University||+4||75||69||76||220|