ETSU's Davis atop leaderboard at SC Championships

from staff reports

   JONESBOROUGH -- After fighting through gusty winds and somewhat treacherous conditions, the Furman Paladins and Georgia Southern Eagles find themselves tied atop the team leaderboard after second round play Monday in the Southern Conference Men's Golf Championships at the Ridges Golf and Country Club.
   Meanwhile, East Tennessee State freshman Rhys Davies (Bridgend, Wales) currently leads the individual competition after firing a round of 1-over-par on Monday. Currently, Davies stands at even-par for the event after shooting 1-under on Sunday.
   Davies holds a one-stroke advantage over Chattanooga's Matt Brock, Georgia Southern's Aron Price, Furman's Matt Davidson, and Appalachian State's Matt Riddick.
   Davies, who won the British Boys Amateur championship last summer, said he is comfortable teeing off as the leader on
   the final day.
   "I don't plan on doing anything different really," Davies said. "You go out there and take each shot as it comes. You practice and play to be in this position, and if it's good enough to get you where you are now, it's good enough to carry you through."
   Furman and Georgia Southern both posted overall scores of 591, while Davidson and UNC Greensboro are tied for third at 597. Meanwhile, Chattanooga (601), Appalachian State (603), East Tennessee State (605), Wofford (608), Elon (610) and College of Charleston (613) rounded out the Top 10.
   "We were disappointed in our scores (in the first round)," said Georgia Southern head coach Larry Mays, whose team is the defending conference champion. "Today (the course) played tough, which I think helped us out a bit. We also
   knew we were going to need some help from Furman if we were going to get back in it, and we got that."
   Indeed, after posting a first-round score of 285, the Paladins came back to the field by posting a second-round total of 306. While Furman head coach Todd Satterfield was not pleased with the effort, he was still happy to be tied atop the team standings.
   "Obviously, we've got to take that as a positive going into the last round even though we didn't play as well as we'd like," Satterfield said. "Especially on the last few holes, we made a couple of doubles that counted for us. But, as I said, we've got to take the positive that we're still in position to win."
   Final round play in the SoCon Championships will begin at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Ridges. Admission is free to the public.