ECU's Varner Wins NC Amateur Title

GREENSBORO, N.C. --- East Carolina rising senior Harold Varner rallied from a four shot deficit on the final 18 holes to become the first male African-American to win the North Carolina Amateur Championship at the Greensboro Country Club's Farm Course Sunday afternoon.

Varner carded a six-under 66 Sunday and finished 14-under 274 (71-67-70-66), three shots ahead of trio of second-place finishers including Adam Stephenson, also a rising senior at ECU.

The Gastonia native fired a 34 on the front nine, but seized control of the lead with an eagle on the par-5 13th. He followed with birdies at 14 and 17 and completed the back nine in 32 strokes.

“That eagle on 13 really got me thinking” admitted Varner. I was able to birdie 14 and 17 to follow that eagle and then wait and watch the other come in.

“This is a blessing to actually win the state amateur. It is really cool."

The Pirates' Conner Sock and David Watkins finished tied for 27th at two-under 286.

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  • by mark Location: Raleigh on Jun 24, 2011 at 09:28 PM
    It is truly amazing to me how negative our society is. Two ECU football players get arrested for being idiots and there are some 300 different comments on there. A young man that is a great ambassador for the university wins the north carolina state amateur and there has been 3 on his story line. Well done Harold!
  • by DN on Jun 20, 2011 at 09:32 PM
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      by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 01:32 PM in reply to DN
  • by ACC Fan on Jun 20, 2011 at 06:41 PM
    Oh look everyone, an ECU athlete achieved success. Quick, lets all attack him and his school so we can feel better about our pathetic lives.

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