Pirates Finish Seventh At C-USA Championship
April 22, 2008
TEXARKANA, Ark. - East Carolina fired a 15-over-par 879 and finished seventh at the 2008 Conference USA Championship at the par 72, 6,935-yard Texarkana Country Club Tuesday. Junior Andre Thorsen was the Pirates' top finisher as he tied for sixth place with a 54-hole total of even-par 216.
Pirate sophomore Tanner Briele finished the tournament tied for 14th at three-over-par, while freshman Warren Straub finished tied for 17th at four-over-par. Junior Markus Leandersson finished the championship at 10-over, while senior Anthony Reale was 14-over.
Straub was one of four players to be named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.
The UAB Blazers earned their first Conference USA Men's Golf Championship after firing a five-under-par 283 team total in today's final round to move from third place after 36 holes to claim the title. Junior Zach Sucher earned medalist honors, while teammate Brad Smith tied Sucher's low round of 66 on the final 18 to spark the championship run. UAB finished with a 54-hole total of 857 (-7), led by Sucher and Smith's all-tournament performances.
Senior Kyle Sapp also came up big today with a 70 in today's final round. Southern Miss, who entered the day tied with UAB for third place, finished second on the strength of a 70 from senior Kyle Ramey and a third-place finish from sophomore Paul Apyan, who also earned all-tournament honors.
After leading the first two rounds, Memphis slipped to third place in the final standings, while SMU made the climb from ninth place following the first round to a fourth-place finish overall for the tournament as the Mustangs placed four individuals in the Top 20.
Defending champion Tulsa and Houston finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with scores of 876 (+12) and 877 (+13), while ECU, UTEP, UCF, Marshall and Rice rounded out the field, respectively.
The Pirates will conclude the season this weekend at the Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville, Va.