May 18, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The sixth-seeded East Carolina men's golf team shot a second round 3-under 281 to move into second-place at the NCAA Athens Regional, being played at the University of Georgia Golf Course. Individually, ECU sophomore Ryan Eibner shot a 3-under 68 to move into third-place at 7-under for the tournament, two strokes off the lead.
The Pirates are 11-under through two rounds, trailing No. 4 Alabama (-23) by 12 strokes for the overall lead. Tenth-ranked North Florida is in third-place at 6-under followed by No. 24 Georgia (E) in fourth and No. 16 New Mexico (+7) in fifth. The top five teams from the regional advance to the finals in Pacific Palisades, Calif., beginning May 29.
The Pirates' 281 was tied with Long Beach State for the second-lowest round of the day with only top-seeded Alabama posting a better second round score, 276. Those were the only three teams among the 13-team field to shoot under-par.
As mentioned before, Eibner followed his 67 (-4) yesterday by posting a 68 (-3) to finish the day at 7-under. He recorded an eagle and three birdies against just two bogeys to move up from fifth-place.
Senior Harold Varner is tied for eighth-place at 2-under 140 after carding a 2-over 73 Friday. Fellow senior Adam Stephenson shot par-71 to move into a tie for 20th at 1-over. Junior Zach Edmondson posted a subpar score Friday, shooting a 2-under 69 to move to 3-over after 36 holes, tying him with senior teammate David Watkins for 30th.
Alabama's Bobby Wyatt leads the field at 9-under 133, holding a one-stroke lead over teammate Justin Thomas (-8). UNF's Kevin Aylwin (-6) trails Eibner by one stroke for third-place.