April 26, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Coming off a River Landing Intercollegiate victory , the East Carolina University men's golf team returns to the course at the Conference USA Championship this weekend in Edmond, Okla., at the Oak Tree Golf Club. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will begin Sunday, April 27 and wrap up Tuesday, April 29.
Three Pirates finished in the top 15 to help ECU record its first team title since 2012 when it won the Seahawk Invitational. ECU recorded a team score of 4-over par, 868, which was four strokes better than the second-place VCU. Sophomore Wes Conover recorded his first career victory by shooting 4-under 212. Senior Eric Brady posted his team-leading fourth top-10 finish of the year, tying for eighth at 1-over par. Sophomore Jacob Hicks tied for 14th at 3-over par, his second-best 54-hole score of the season.
Brady leads the team with a season scoring average of 73.47. Hicks ranks second on the team with a 74.00 scoring average with Conover following close behind at 74.17.
Sophomores Al Dickens and George Kilgore will join the aforementioned threesome to round out the Pirates' five-man tournament roster. Kilgore and Brady are the only two players with C-USA Championship experience with Brady finishing 18th last season and Kilgore tying for 48th. The Pirates placed 10th as a team.
"Competing for a conference championship is a unique event in our year" ECU Head Coach Press McPhaul said. "This event is one that holds a little extra excitement. We talk about this event specifically at the beginning of the year. We talk about where we are in August, and where we want to be in April when the time comes to compete for a conference title. We have a lot to play for, and we have been getting better. We hope we can find ourselves in the hunt late on Tuesday."