ETSU's Shaw Wins First Monthly Golfer Award of 2008
Gareth Shaw recorded a pair of top-10 finishes to open the spring golf season en route to winning the Golfer of the Month award. <br><i>Courtesy</i>
Gareth Shaw recorded a pair of top-10 finishes to open the spring golf season en route to winning the Golfer of the Month award.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

MACON, Ga. – ETSU’s Gareth Shaw opened the spring golf season with a pair of top-10 finishes against elite fields while shooting par or better golf in all six rounds. In recognition of his stellar play to start the season, Shaw, a two-time First-Team All-Atlantic Sun performer won his first Golfer of the Month Award, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Shaw, a senior accounting major from Lisburn, Northern Ireland, has posted top-10 finishes in the Bucs’ first two events of the spring season, both of which came against fields comprised of the nation’s best teams. In all six of those rounds, Shaw posted par or better scores – including three rounds of sub-70 golf. At the Ping Intercollegiate Championship, he rallied in the final round with a 68 to improve from 15th to ninth. Earlier this week, he led ETSU to fifth-place finish at the Puerto Rico Classic, played at the Rio Mar Country Club by tying for fourth. He opened with rounds of 70 and 69 en route to his top-five finish. For the year, he has four top-nine finishes in six events, including a sixth place finish in the prestigious Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic.

Shaw and the rest of the Buccaneers will next take to the links on Sunday when they travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the General Hackler Invitational.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is a 12-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gardner-Webb University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

Other Top Performers:

Bill Jones III, MER (Jr. – Conyers, Ga. - Business) – Jones III fired three straight rounds at even or below par (71-70-72) to finish tied for eighth at the Rio Pinar Invitational.

Michael O’Neal, UNF (Sr. – Jacksonville, Fla. – Criminal Justice) – Highlighted February with a T-2nd at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational; Battled a field that featured three of the top five teams in the nation on the premier layout of Sawgrass Country Club, never recording a round over par to finish tied for second

Oliver West, KSU (Sr. – Birmingham, England – Business Management) – Led the Owls to a third place finish at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate to open the spring season…finished alone for second (his best career finish) after turning in his lowest 54-hole total of the season with a 219.