Oct. 2, 2012
DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C. --- The East Carolina men's golf team fired a 5-over-par 293 in the final round of the 2012 Rees Jones Invitational to capture second-place. The Pirates began the day in fourth-place before carding the lowest round of the day and finished the tournament at 30-over-par 894 (298-303-293) to surpass South Carolina and Winthrop.
Liberty claimed the team title with a score of 6-over-par 870 (284-290-296). South Carolina finished in thrid-place at 32-over 896 (295-296-305), followed by Charlotte in fourth at 42-over (306-296-304=906) and Winthrop in fifth at 45-over (293-301-315=909).
ECU was one of three teams to place four players in the top-20 of the final individual standings. Senior Zach Edmondson and freshman Stephen Lavenets tied for seventh at 7-over 223 with junior Ryan Eibner earring a 13th-place finish at 10-over 226 (77-73-76). Junior Eric Brady tied for 18th at 12-over 228 (78-76-74)
Lavenets posted the Pirates' lowest score of the round with a 1-under 71 Tuesday after registering rounds of 2-over 74 and 6-over 78 Monday. The Durham native sank four birdies on the day, including three on the final eight holes to earn the first top-10 finish of his collegiate career.
After posting a second round 78 Monday, Edmondson shot par-72 in the third round with three birdies and an eagle. He finished the event with a team-best nine birdies and was one of three Pirates, along with Eibner and Lavenets, to record an eagle.
Brady, Eibner, Jacob Hicks and Matt Kocolowski each shot over-par during the final round. Brady fired a 2-over and Eibner shot 4-over. Hicks and Kocolowski each carded an 11-over 83 Tuesday. Hicks finished tied for 36th at 17-over (74-76-83=233) and Kocolowski tied for 54th at 28-over (80-81-83=244).
The Pirates will continue their fall season at the Rod Myers Intercollegiate at the Duke Golf Club, Oct. 13-14.