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Davies claims another title; Buc golfers start season with strong 4th-place finish at Shoal Creek
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Davies fired a final round score of 4-under-par 68 and finished a grueling four-hole playoff with Tennessee's Jonathan Mount as co-champion of the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate Tuesday at the Shoal Creek Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala. Davies, who had been tied with former ETSU great Garrett Willis for the all-time career win record with five a year ago, now stands alone atop the Buccaneer record lists with six individual titles.
"To get a win in the first tournament of the year is pleasing," said Davies, who now has 16 career sub-70 rounds and has won a remarkable six of his last 11 collegiate events. "It's also pleasing to see how well we played as a team. That's a really positive way to start things this year."
Indeed, not to be lost in Davies' individual accomplishment was the Bucs' overall fourth-place finish in the team standings. ETSU ended the event just six strokes back of team champion LSU, besting several quality teams, including five that were ranked in the nation's Top 50 a year ago (Florida, Georgia State, SMU, Alabama and UCF).
The Bucs managed the quality showing thanks to a strong team effort. Sophomore Gareth Shaw (Lisburn,
Following regulation play, Notre Dame's Cole Isban was knocked out of the three-way playoff on the first hole, leaving Davies and Mount to battle it out for three more holes. Davies was forced to sink long putts to stay alive on the first and third playoff hole, while Mount enjoyed a break on the second playoff hole when his shot found the trees and then kicked back into the fairway. After remaining deadlocked after the fourth playoff hole, both Davies and Mount were named individual medalists.
According to ETSU head coach Fred Warren, the event was a perfect way to begin the 2005-06 season.
"It would be easy to find six shots we left out there, but it was definitely a positive start to the season,"
ETSU will return to action in a week, playing at the Mattaponi Springs Shootout in
Shoal Creek Intercollegiate