DURHAM, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's golf team improved by eight shots from the morning to the afternoon and is currently tied for fifth through 36 holes of the fourth annual Rod Myers Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the par-72, 7,154-yard Duke Golf Club.
The Pirates fired a 5-over 293 in the morning round and then rallied to shoot a 3-under 285 in the afternoon. Northwestern is the two-round leader at 13-under 563 after shooting 283 and 280. North Carolina and Baylor are tied for second at 1-under 575 with Liberty in fourth at par 576 followed by ECU and Duke at 2-over.
Senior Eric Brady was solid in the first two rounds and is currently tied for sixth at 3-under 141 to lead the Pirates. Brady shot even-par 72 in the opening round despite a double bogey on 15. He recorded two birdies on his final four holes to move back to even-par. He then followed it up with five birdies in the second round, giving him nine under-par holes on the day.
Senior Ryan Eibner is next in a tie for 20th as he opened with a 3-over 75 and then improved four shots in the afternoon with a 1-under 71 to conclude his day at 2-over 146. He was even through 10 holes before bogeying five of the next six holes to fall to 4-over. He birdied his final hole of the first round and then dropped in three birdie putts in the second round against just one double bogey and 14 pars.
Sophomore Wes Conover is tied for 28th at 3-over 147, shooting 73 in the morning and 74 in the afternoon. Sophomore Al Dickens made the biggest jump in the second round, dropping six shots from a 5-over 77 to a 1-under 71 to sit in a tied for 38th at 4-over 148. Dickens pared 15 holes during the second round with two birdies and one bogey. Sophomore George Kilgore enters the final day tied for 54th at 9-over 153.
Northwestern's Matt Fitzpatrick is the 36-hole individual leader at 9-under 135, two shots better than his teammate Jack Perry.
The final round will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m., with ECU playing with Baylor and Duke, starting on hole No. 1.