ECU In Eighth At Golfweek Challenge

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Adam Stephenson

Sept. 19, 2010

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BURLINGTON, Iowa --- After a three-hour delay due to heavy rains overnight Saturday, the East Carolina men's golf team finished the opening round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge in eighth place at two-over 290 on Sunday.

East Carolina is seven shots behind North Carolina State for second place and is just two shots out of fifth place. Host Iowa leads the field by a 15-stroke margin, shooting 20-under 268 Sunday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course. The top two individual scores from Sunday's first round belong to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Chris Brant leads teammate Brad Hopfinger by one stroke; Brant shot an eight-under 64, while Hopfinger carded a seven-under 65.

ECU junior Harold Varner fired a two-under 70 and is tied for ninth-place after 18 holes. Varner, who began play on the No. 10 tee, birdied two of the first five holes and carded a one-under on the back nine. He also made a pair of birdies after making the turn to shoot one-under on the front nine as well.

Classmate Adam Stephenson also birdied four holes, but he bogeyed four holes and finished the first round with a score of par 72, tied for 24th-place. Senior Warren Straub and junior David Watkins each shot two-over 74 and are in a six-way tied for 40th. Ryan Eibner, who was making his first career appearance in the Pirates' lineup, is tied for 56th at five-over 77.

The second round of Golfweek's Conference Challenge will start with tee times beginning at 10 a.m. EDT Monday. Live scoring will be available on