ECU Men's Golf To Open Season This Weekend In Chapel Hill
Sept. 13, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- The East Carolina men's golf team opens its 2013 fall season this weekend at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate in Chapel Hill, Sept. 14-15. The event, hosted by the University of North Carolina, will be played on the par-72, 7,242-yard UNC Finley Golf Course.
The Pirates are opening the season at the event for the second straight season after finishing tied for seventh a year ago. ECU will play a practice round on Friday, before tournament play begins Saturday with 36 holes followed by a single round Sunday. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. EST. Live stats are available on golfstat.com.
The season tees off with a pair of Pirates; redshirt freshman Josh Chandler and sophomore Wes Conover, making their collegiate debuts. The rest of the lineup is comprised of senior Eric Brady along with sophomores Al Dickens and George Kilgore.
Brady will play the No. 1 spot for the Pirates. As a junior Brady registered the lowest scoring average on the team, 74.16, and recorded three top-10 finishes. He posted the team's lowest score in five of 11 events last season, while also recording the lowest round of the year (5-under 67). Conover, who spent the last two years in the PGA Golf Management Program at NC State, will play out of the second position for the Pirates in his first NCAA Division I tournament.
Chandler will be competing in his first intercollegiate tournament after taking a redshirt last season and play out of the No. 3 spot. Followed by Kilgore, who was a member of the Pirates' five-man roster for the 2013 Conference USA Championships, Dickens and No. 4 and 5, respectively.
The 2013 Tar Heel Intercollegiate will consist of a field of 12 teams in addition to ECU and UNC. Highlighting the field are Georgia Tech and Duke, who are each ranked in the top 15 of the Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Preseason College Coaches' Poll. The Yellow Jackets are ranked No. 4 and the Blue Devils enter the season No. 15. Both teams made the NCAA Regional Championships last season, as did North Carolina, NC State and UNC Wilmington who are also competing at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate this weekend. The rest of the field is comprised of: Boston College, Davidson, East Tennessee State, Furman, Gardner-Webb, Maryland, UNCG and VCU.