Pirates finish 8th at NCAA Franklin Regional


FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WNCT)  – The East Carolina men’s golf team’s 2015-16 campaign came to a close with the conclusion of the third round at the NCAA Franklin Regional on Wednesday afternoon.

The Pirates fired a seven-under-par 285 over the final 18 holes and finished with a three-day total of 849 (279-289-281), which was good for 15-under-par.

Texas cruised to the team title with a 54-hole score of 45-under-par 819. Host Vanderbilt placed second at 34-under-par, followed by Houston and LSU tied for third at 25-under and Virginia at 22-under to round out the top five. Those teams will move on to the NCAA Championship finals, which will be played May 27-June 1 in Eugene, Ore.

Redshirt senior Al Dickens was ECU’s tournament leader, carding a three-round score of three-under-par 213, while senior Wes Conover was next with a two-under-par 212. Behind five birdies, senior Jacob Hicks fired a team-best five-under-par 67 over the final 18 holes to finish one-under at 215 for the tournament.

Tim Conover ended his sophomore season  tied with Hicks at 215, as Jackson Spires turned in his best round of the regional on day three with a three-under-par 69 to bring his total to 216.

Houston’s Michael Perras finished atop the individual leaderboard at 16-under-par 200 through 54 holes.

In 2016, East Carolina reached an NCAA Regional for the second-consecutive year and fourth time in the last six years.


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