Shaw, Davies Fire Season Bests; Bucs Climb to Fifth at NCAA West Region

Friday, May 19, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. – Posting their lowest single round scores of the 2005-06 season, junior Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) fired a 6-under-par 66 and sophomore Gareth Shaw (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) posted a five-under 67 to move into a tie for third place on the individual leaderboard and help the ETSU men’s golf team to a fifth-place standing Friday during second round play in the NCAA West Regional at the Omni Tucson National Golf Course.

Davies and Shaw both stand at 8-under for the event, just two strokes back of individual leader Dustin Pimm of Utah. More importantly, the Buccaneers are 12-under as a team and are currently positioned well to garner a NCAA Championship berth with a Top 10 finish at the conclusion of Saturday’s final round action. Arizona leads the team competition at 24-under, followed by second place North Carolina State and Florida, which have both posted scores of 21-under.

“Where you stand is not as important as how many strokes you are from 11th place,” said ETSU head coach Fred Warren, pointing out that 13 teams are currently 6-under or better heading into Saturday’s play. “We are pleased with where we are right now. Both Rhys and Gareth played very solid today. The other guys struggled some, but they can still help us tomorrow with a good round.”