Pirates Set To Begin Spring Golf Campaign
Jan. 30, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina men's golf team will begin the 2011 spring season on Monday at the JU Invitational hosted by Mark McCumber at the famed Stadium Course at TPC of Sawgrass.
The 15-team field will play 36 holes on Monday, followed by the final 18 holes on Tuesday on the par-72, 6,900 yard course that hosts The PLAYERS Championship each May.
The Pirates, who are ranked 43rd in the latest Golfstat ratings, are joined by four others Top 50 teams led by No. 1 Florida along with No. 21 Wake Forest, No. 40 Clemson and No. 42 Liberty. The rest of the field includes Charleston Southern, defending champion East Tennessee State, Florida Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, James Madison, Mercer, North Florida and Old Dominion.
As a team, ECU placed fourth at last year's event with a trio of players finishing in the Top 25. Watkins concluded the 54-hole event at 12-over par, which left him tied for 15th place. Colley tallied a three-round score 13-over to finish tied for 19th. Colley led the tournament after 18 holes firing a first round five-under 67. Varner finished one stroke behind Colley with a 14-over in 22nd place.
East Carolina will be among the first group of teams to tee-off Monday. The Pirates will play with Jacksonville and Jacksonville State. The first wave of golfers are scheduled to tee-off at 8 a.m.
Golfstat.com will provide hole-by-hole scoring of the event. The first two rounds will be played on Monday, Jan. 31, and the final round is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1.