April 24, 2012
TEXARKANA, Ark. --- For the first time in its 11-year membership, the East Carolina men's golf team finished among the top-5 at the Conference USA Championships Tuesday. The Pirates finished in third after placing sixth each of the previous three seasons. ECU ended the three-day 54-hole tournament at Texarkana Country Club with a 5-over par 869, also their lowest C-USA Championship score in school history, 10 strokes behind tournament champion Memphis (859) and eight strokes back of second-place UCF (861).
After shooting 7-over 295 in the opening round, the Pirates responded with consecutive rounds of 1-under 288 to move from seventh-place into third. Memphis and UCF maintained their first and second-place positions throughout the tournament. ECU finished four strokes ahead of UAB and SMU, which tied for fourth at 9-over 873.
ECU seniors Harold Varner and David Watkins finished tied for 10th at 1-over 217. After carding a 74 in each of the first two rounds, Varner posted a final round score of 3-under 69 to move from 22nd into the top-10. Watkins shot 2-over in the final round Tuesday to fall from seventh-place into 10th.
Senior Adam Stephenson shot par in each of the final two rounds to finish tied for 13th at 3-over 219. Junior Zach Edmondson finished two strokes behind his teammate in 21st at 5-over 221. He shot par in the third round to move up four spots in the final individual standings. Ryan Eibner shot 4-over on the final 18 holes to to fall nine places to 27th at 7-over 223.
UCF sophomore Greg Eason birdied on two of his final three holes today to earn medalist honors. After placing second a year ago, Eason finished the 2012 tournament with a 70-68-70=208.