East Carolina University’s men’s golf team will begin its season on Sept. 1 in Escanaba, Michigan for the Island Resort Collegiate at Sage Run Golf Club.
Michigan will be the first of five fall tournaments for the Pirates. Other tournaments in the fall line-up include the Rod Myers Invitational in Durham, NC, hosted by Duke University. Last season ECU finished 10th out of 13 teams at the Rod Myers Invitational with a combined score of 898, 34-over-par.
"We are very excited about our schedule this year,” ECU head coach Andrew Sapp said in a press release. "Our schedule last season was strong, and with a veteran team coming back this year, we made it even stronger this season.”
Another repeat from last fall will be the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational in Winston Salem, NC, hosted by Wake Forest University. In the 2018-2019, season the Pirates finished 7th out of 12 teams with a combined score of 835, 5-under-par.
Four senior golfers will be returning to the course this season. Those include Chris Akers, Logan Shuping, Patrick Stephenson and Blake Taylor. Akers is approaching 2019-2020 with a scoring average of 5-over-par 76.50. Shuping compiled an average score of 77.8 strokes per round in 2018-2019 and a low round of the season of 1-over-par 73 twice.
Stephenson enters his senior season with an average score of 72.57, 10th-lowest single season average in ECU history. Taylor finished last season with a strokes per round average of 71.97, this tied him for the second-lowest single-season average in ECU history and was a member of the American Men's Golf All-Conference Team.
"We have a lot of players who have shown improvement over the summer and have built some momentum going into the fall." Sapp said. “With five tournaments in a span of less than two months this fall, it is always important to come into school ready to go with confidence and momentum. It is exciting to see these guys coming into Greenville after some great summer golf."
The Pirates’ home tournament, the ECU Intercollegiate at Brook Valley, will be in the spring on Mar. 16 and 17. Last season the Pirates won their home tournament, representing their second consecutive ECU Intercollegiate title. They finished the tournament with a combined score of 880, 16-over-par.
ECU will play its first three tournaments of the fall in September, two of which will be in North Carolina.