The ECU Men's Golf Team Signs Three Prep Student-Athletes



Dec. 5, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Clayton Brown (Davidson, N.C.), Ryan Douglass (Leesburg, Va.), and Jackson Spires (Fayetteville, N.C.) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Pirates starting with the 2013-14 season announced East Carolina Head Men's Golf Coach Press McPhaul on Wednesday.

"Our goals are high at East Carolina," McPhaul said. "The 2014 NCAA Championship is at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan., and we are going to work very hard to give our program every opportunity to be there. To get there, we must have talented, driven, hard-working guys, who respond to the adversity with resilience. We are confident that Clay, Ryan and Jackson have the talent, drive and resilience to contribute to our team reaching its goal."

Brown, a senior at William A. Hough High School, led his school to back-to-back conference championships as junior and sophomore, while posting an undefeated league ledger. He led Hough to a fifth-place finish at the 2012 state high school championships. As a freshman he was part of the Lake Norman Charter School squad, which placed fifth at the state high school championships.

"Clay Brown has been gifted with some real athletic ability," McPhaul stated. "He creates a lot of speed while appearing to swing effortlessly. He's worked hard on his strength and athleticism over the past year and that hard work is paying dividends. The most exciting thing about Clay is that he has displayed a real knack for getting into the hunt for championships. He did that in several different locales in different parts of the country last year, so his game is portable and road-ready. He has closed the deal when he has been in position as well. He is an explosive athlete and a competitor."

Douglass is a senior at Heritage High School. He won the MAPGA Spring Fling in April and qualified for Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA) Amateur Championships as well as the Suntrust State Open of Virginia. He also competed in the Virginias-Carolinas Junior Team Match Championships.



"Ryan is a tall, strong young man, who comes from a knowledgeable golf background, with his dad being a former college golfer at Old Dominion," McPhaul explained. "He's athletic and sound from tee to green. Over the past months, we have seen him develop an intentional, challenging plan to improve his scoring ability. Dedicating himself to this plan to strengthen an area of opportunity for him in his game speaks volumes to us about his desire to excel and his work ethic. We've seen young men with talent and desire develop and excel here. We are certain that Ryan fits that mold. He would compare favorably to current Pirate Ryan Eibner at the same point in their careers."

Spires has helped Terry Sanford High School win three consecutive Mid-South 4A Conference titles and earned league player-of-the-year honors in 2011. Later that summer, he finished in third-place at the Dogwood State Junior Championships in Snow Hill, N.C. He also tied for eighth at the 2011 North Carolina state high school championships.

"Jackson Spires is gifted with a long, athletic golf body," McPhaul stated. "He creates plenty of speed and he has developed an appreciation for strategy in recent months, which is something all college players have to learn to be successful. He has displayed a great deal of toughness, heart and resiliency over the past year. His expectations rose after a good summer two years ago, and as his expectations rose, his play suffered. He has not blinked, but displayed resolve and has seen his game develop as a result. Resiliency is our most valued trait in a Pirate golfer."