A.J. Beechler

Sophomore golfer A.J. Beechler, who finished fourth in the last tournament of the season.

After five tournaments in the fall, the East Carolina University men’s golf team closed out their fall schedule tied for fifth place at the Intercollegiate at Innisbrook in Palm Beach, Florida.

The Pirates finished the Intercollegiate at Innisbrook with a total score of 864, 12-over-par, tying them with the University of Houston for fifth. Playing three rounds at Innisbrook Resort, their lowest being round three at 286 strokes, 2-over-par.

Individually, ECU had two top 15 finishers. Sophomore golfer A.J. Beechler finished in fourth place with a score of 208, 5-under-par (71, 68, 69). Junior golfer Tim Bunten in a six-way tie for twelfth place, finishing with a total of 214 strokes, one stroke over par (70, 74, 70).

"We had some great play from A.J. and Tim this week and it was good to move up the leaderboard today," head coach Andrew Sapp said in a press release.

Earlier in the season, the Pirates finished sixth at the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Senior golfer Blake Taylor posted an ECU record low score of 11-under-par 199 (63-67-69) at Old Town. At the end of that month it was announced that Taylor was awarded American Athletic Conference Golfer-of-the-Month for September.

In the beginning of September, the Pirates teed off their season at the Island Resort Collegiate in Escanaba, Michigan. They finished the tournament with a two-way tie for third place and a stroke total of 859, 5-under-par ( 282, 287, 290).

"We are definitely better now than we were at this point last year and we just have to keep improving," Sapp said.

ECU men’s golf will return to play on Feb. 3 for the Sea Best Invitational in Ponte Vedra, Florida. This will kickoff their spring season consisting of six scheduled tournaments before the American Athletic Conference Championship tournament.

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