Davies fires 68, makes charge to 9th at Puerto Rico Classic

Monday, February 23, 2004

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (Feb. 23, 2004) - Freshman Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) fired a sterling 4-under 68 in the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic Monday at the Rio Mar Country Club River Course. With that effort, Davies currently stands tied for ninth at 3-under (73-68=141) and helped the Bucs rise from 15th to 12th in the team standings.

On the team leaderboard, Oklahoma (283-280=563 -13) holds a three-stroke edge over second-place Florida (289-277=586 -10), while the Bucs (304-289=593 +17) improved by 15 strokes over the first round score and are 30-strokes back of the top spot. On the individual leaderboard, Clemson's Matt Hendrix has the top spot by two strokes after firing a 67 on Monday. He is six-under for the event. Hendrix is two strokes better than his teammate Jack Ferguson and Oklahoma's tandem of Anthony Kim and Carlos Del Moral.

Along with Davies, the Bucs got improved efforts from all four of the team's other players on Tuesday. Sophomore Andrew Paduch (Johnson City) fired a 1-over 73 and finished tied for 47th, and junior Cennydd Mills (Cardiff, Wales) posted a 1-over 73 and ended the day tied for 52nd. In addition, freshman Stephen Arnold (Langhorne, Penn.) ended at 4-over 76 and tied for 68th, while sophomore Noel Kavanagh (Westport, Ireland) finished at 3-over 75 and tied for 74th after two rounds.

The final round of the Puerto Rico Classic will be played Tuesday. See accompanying score sheets for complete results.

Place Team 1st Rd. 2nd Rd. 3rd Rd. Total
1 Oklahoma 283 280   563
2 Florida 289 277   566
3 Clemson 281 289   570
4 N.C. State 293 283   576
5 Georgia 290 292   582
6 Minnesota 288 296   584
7 Virginia 292 294   586
T8 Virginia Tech 295 292   587
T8 Texas 288 299   587
T10 Kent State 293 297   590
T10 Oklahoma State 292 298   590
12 E. Tennessee St. 304 289   593
13 Duke 300 294   594
14 Georgia Tech 296 299   595
T15 Purdue 300 298   598
T15 Northwestern 306 292   598
17 Illinois 306 313   619
18 Michigan 319 302   621

Individual Results
1 Matt Hendrix Clemson 70-67=137
T2 Anthony Kim Oklahoma 70-69=139
  Carlos Del Moral Oklahoma 71-68=139
  Jack Ferguson Clemson 67-72=139

ETSU Results
T9 Rhys Davies 73-68=141
T47 Andrew Paduch 76-73=149
T52 Cennydd Mills 77-73=150
T68 Stephen Arnold 78-76=154
T74 Noel Kavanagh 80-75=155
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