Davies named to Great Britain & Ireland's 2005 Walker Cup team

Thursday, July 07, 2005

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 7, 2005) - East Tennessee State golfer Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) has been selected to compete in the Walker Cup as a member of the Great Britain & Ireland team on Aug. 13-14 at the Chicago Golf Club. The team is selected by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

Davies and his teammates will attempt to defend the trophy against the United States in this team event which spotlights the best amateurs from all three countries. The Walker Cup was first contested in 1922 when The R&A sent a team to play against the U.S. at the golf Links of America, New York.

"This is without a doubt a great honor for Rhys," said ETSU head coach Fred Warren. "He is coming off an impressive sophomore season of college golf here at ETSU, and he continues to play on the highest of levels internationally."

Davies, whose major win on the international stage came at the 2003 British Boys Championship at Hoylake, finished the 2004-05 college season as the No. 3-ranked player in the country according to Golfweek.

His resume while at ETSU includes arguably the most successful individual campaign in ETSU history. Davies recorded school records for individual tournament titles (five), single-round score (63) and three-round score (199), while firing 13 sub-70 rounds and finishing in the Top 3 in nine of 12 events. For his efforts, Davies earned PING All-America honors, was ranked No. 2 nationally by Golfweek, and was a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, which annually goes to the nation's top amateur player.

Davies, who finished the year with a team-best stroke average of 70.54, was selected as the Southern Conference Golfer of the Year and earned a spot in the NCAA Championships with his second-place finish at the NCAA East Regional. He also competed internationally earlier this summer, representing Wales on the European Palmer Cup squad.



 

 

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