DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C. - East Carolina's Al Dickens fired a 2-under par 70 Sunday to lead the Pirates into a tie for sixth-place after 18 holes of competition at the Rees Jones Intercollegiate being held at the Haig Point Club. Dickens is tied for second place on the par-72, 7,380-yard course layout.
As a team, the Pirates, who teed off on hole No. 10, find themselves tied with 20th-ranked South Carolina at 10-over 298. With its total, ECU is two strokes back of UNC Wilmington (+8) and seven strokes behind Charlotte and No. 43 Liberty (+3) for third place. USF (-2) occupies the top spot followed by Kennesaw State (+2) in second.
Dickens pared the first 15 holes before recording back-to-back birdies on No.7 and 8 and posting his 16th birdie on the ninth green to complete his round. It was the first subpar round of his five tournament collegiate career. Dickens ended the day tied with Kennesaw State's Chris Guglielmo and Charlotte's Raoul Menard for second two strokes back of USF's Chase Koepka.
ECU senior Eric Brady bounced back from a disappointing performance on the back nine, to shoot 1-under on the front nine and finish his day tied for 32nd at 3-over 75. He posted three birdies with five pars on his final nine holes after bogeying his opening hole and then carding a double bogey on 12 and 13. He shot a collective 2-under on the final 14 holes of his round.
Meanwhile, Pirate senior Ryan Eibner shot 4-over in his first round of the season, carding a 76. He was even through nine holes before shooting 4-over over the last nine holes. Redshirt freshman Josh Chandler ended his day with a 5-over 77 with sophomore George Kilgore posting a 7-over 79.
Playing as an individual, Jacob Hicks carded 4-over 76 to complete the first round tied with Eibner for 36th.
The Rees Jones Intercollegiate resumes on Monday with second round action, as ECU is scheduled to tee off with Charleston Southern and Georgia State in a shotgun start, beginning at 8:50 a.m. Live scoring is available on GolfStat.com.