Varner Takes 10th At JU Invitational
Feb. 1, 2011
PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. - East Carolina junior Harold Varner carded a final round three-under par 69 (34-35) to claim a 10th place finish at the 2011 JU Invitational Tuesday afternoon. The two-day, 54-hole event was being held at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at famed TPC Sawgrass.
Sitting in a tie for 21st heading into final round action, Varner registered four birdies and one bogey on the afternoon. In all, he recorded 10 birdies and seven bogies.
Teammates David Watkins (222) and Zach Edmondson (225) both finished in the Top-20 helping the 43rd-ranked Pirates to a seventh place finish out of 15 teams. Watkins carded a two-over par final round for a share of 17th, while Edmondson improved to 20th after a four-over par 76. Rounding out the Pirates roster were Jake Colley (237/t-55th) and Warren Straub (246/65th).
Florida's Bank Vongvanij (211) recorded a one-over par 73 in the final round to win individual medalist honors by two shots over Liberty's Robert Karisson (213). Vongvanij, the No.1 player in the country according to Golfstat, led the group of six players to finish under par.
Behind Vongvanij's record-setting performance, the top-ranked Gators won the team title with a tournament record total of 858, six-under par, topping UNF by 25 shots.
Karlsson had the low round of the day, carding a three-under par 69 in the final round.
Florida had the best showing in the 15-team tournament, with four golfers finishing in the top-8 on the final leaderboard. Phillip Choi, Andres Echavarria and Tyler McCumber also had top-10 finishes.
Clemson's Corbin Mills and North Florida's Kevin Phelan both finished two-under, tying for third place. Phelan's effort pushed the Ospreys to a second-place team finish with a 22-over final score.
Jacksonville State and Liberty finished in a tie for third with scores of 866, while Clemson rounded out the Top-5 with a tournament score of 888.
The Pirates will be back in action on Feb. 27 when they travel to Wilmington, N.C. to participate in the Seahawk Intercollegiate.