March 10, 2014
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. - Following a three week layoff, the East Carolina University men's golf team returned to the links with the first two rounds of the General Hackler Championships Monday and are currently tied for second in the team standings at 17-over par, 593. Final round action begins Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. EDT with the Pirates playing with Kent State and Middle Tennessee.
The Pirates began the day with a first round team score of 15-over par, 303, but regrouped for the final 18 holes of the day to shoot a two-over par, 290. ECU was paced on the day by senior Eric Brady who is currently tied for seventh at 3-over par 147. After shooting five-over in the first round, Brady sank six birdie putts in round two and finished the second round at two-under.
Kent State sits atop the standings at 16-over par, 592, while ECU and Middle Tennessee (+17) are one stroke back. East Tennessee State (+19) and Iowa State (+21) complete the top five. ETSU's Rhys Pugh leads the field at one-under par 143 with three players tied for second at par 144.
Rounding out the rest of the team standings were host Coastal Carolina (+26), Lamar (+27), Louisville (+27), Duke (+39), UNC Wilmington (+44), North Carolina (+47) and Northern Illinois (+73).
Sitting just one stroke behind Brady are sophomore Wes Brady and senior Ryan Eibner at four-over par, 148, tying the duo for 10th. Both players carded a 74 each round. Sophomore George Kilgore is the third Pirate currently standing in the top 20, tied for 18th at six-over par, 150. After a six-over par, 78, to start the day, Kilgore improved as the day progressed. He wrapped up the second round with an even-par, 72. Rounding out the Pirate lineup was sophomore Al Dickens, who is tied for 42nd at 12-over par 156.
The 54-hole Bash at the Beach tournament also got underway on Monday at Surf Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach. After 36 holes, sophomores Josh Chandler and Stephen Lavenets are tied for fifth in the event at three-under par. Freshman Clay Brown is tied for ninth at two-under par and sophomore Jacob Hicks is tied for 30th at two-over par.
Fans can follow all the action at the General Hackler Championships at www.GolfStat.com for live hole-by-hole results.