Feb. 11, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The East Carolina men's golf team posted the lowest team score of round three of the UTSA Oaks Hills Invitational Tuesday to earn a tie for fourth-place with Louisiana at the Oak Hills Country Club. The Pirates, along with fellow Conference USA member North Texas, carded a 12-over 296 to finish the 54-hole event at 44-over 896.
After carding an opening round of 26-over Monday, ECU posted a second round score of 6-over followed by today's 12-over performance, rallying from an 11th-place standing at the end of round one to finish in the top-5.
"I am impressed and pleased with how our guys competed," ECU Head Coach Press McPhaul said. "The conditions were pretty brutal, but they kept fighting and grinding, and played their best late Monday and Tuesday.
"They were mentally tough and I believe we might be finding out that we can be pretty good."
Oklahoma repeated as team champions as the No. 13 Sooners finished with a score of 24-over 876. Baylor finished as runner-up at 29-over 881.
Senior Eric Brady led the Pirates, posting his second top-5 finish of the season. Brady fired a 71 in the final round to move up from eighth to fourth on the final day. He finished with a two-day score of 3-over 216 and was one of only three golfers to shoot par or better in the third round.
Kyle Jones of Baylor claimed individual medalist honors, finishing with an even-par score of 213.
ECU sophomore Wes Conover tied for 15th with a 10-over 223 after shooting 5-over Tuesday. Fellow sophomore Al Dickens tied for 59th at 20-over while senior Ryan Eibner and sophomore George Kilgore each finished two strokes behind their teammate at 22-over, tied for 65th.
ECU will return to the links March 10-11 for the General Hackler Championships at Murrells Inlet, S.C.