Pirates Finish Fifth At Wolfpack Intercollegiate
Oct. 5, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's golf team earned a fifth-place finish at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate which concluded Tuesday at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University.
The Pirates shot nine-over Tuesday to finish with a 54-hole tally of 11-over 863 (280-290-293). It was the their second top-5 finish in three events during the fall season. They also finished third at the VCU Shootout a week ago.
Host N.C. State won the tournament with a three-round total of eight-under 844 (285-276-283). Duke finished in second-place at four-under 848 (283-275-290) followed by Wake Forest at three-over 855 (290-277-288) and Maryland at six-over (282-283-293) in third and fourth, respectively. The Wolfpack, Blue Devils and Demon Deacons each rank among the top 25 in the latest Golfweek.com ratings.
ECU finished 10 strokes ahead of 36th-ranked UNC Wilmington in sixth-place and 15 strokes in front of Conference USA foe Memphis, who placed seventh. The Pirates were also 27 strokes better than 35th-ranked Campbell.
Individually, junior David Watkins was the Pirates' top finisher as he tied for fifth with a two-under 211 (68-70-73). Watkins began the day tied for second at four-under, but carded a two-over to finish four strokes out of first-place.
In all the Pirates had three players finish among the top 20. Redshirt freshman Ryan Eibner posted the best finish of his ECU career with a 13th-place finish at one-over 213 (70-71-73). Junior Harold Varner, who had been the Pirates top finisher each of the first two events, recorded his best round of the tournament with a two-under 69 Tuesday to finish tied for 19th at three-over 216 (71-76-69).
ECU sophomore Zach Edmondson tied for 38th with a 54-hole score of nine-over 222 (71-73-78), while senior Warren Straub finished tied for 69th.
N.C. State's Albin Choi, who finished one stroke ahead of Wake Forest's Lee Bedford, claimed individual medalist honors. Choi fired a three-round total of six-under 207 (69-66-72) with Bedford shooting a five-under 208 (73-68-69).
ECU men's golf will be in action next at the Outer Banks Invitational in Nags Head, Oct. 24-25.