Aug. 12, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina rising senior Harold Varner's world amateur ranking improved to 27th this week following his North Carolina Amateur Match Play victory last weekend. He was ranked 58th heading into the event.
The win also propelled him into the top-20 among United States players, ranking 17th amidst his fellow countrymen. Varner will next compete at the U.S. Amateur Championships beginning Aug. 22 at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis.
The Men's World Amateur Golf Ranking system ranks the top male amateur golfers in the world on the basis of their average performance in Counting Events over a rolling cycle of the previous 52 weeks.
Varner won the North Carolina Amateur Stroke Play title earlier this summer, becoming the first male African-American to win the championship. His match play victory made him the first player to hold both of the state's amateur titles at the same time.
A First-Team All-Conference USA performer, Varner led the Pirates into the postseason for the first time since 1991 this past year, marking his second straight NCAA Regional appearance. He participated as an individual in 2010, one of only two players at ECU to receive a NCAA individual at-large birth.
As a junior, the Gastonia native set the school single-season record for lowest stroke average at 71.3 per round. He recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a win at the Outer Banks Intercollegiate where he shot an ECU record 20-under 196 for the tournament. Varner is the only player in school history to break 200 during a 54-hole event.
ECU will open the 2011-12 campaign on Sept. 11 at the Golfweek Program Challenge in Myrtle Beach, S.C.