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Pirates Win Old Dominion/Outer Banks Intercollegiate

POWELLS POINT, N.C. --- East Carolina completed its domination of the 2010 Old Dominion/Outer Banks Intercollegiate Tuesday by shooting a 13-under 275 to finish the tournament with a score of 37-under 827 to finish 23 strokes ahead of the field.

The victory was the Pirates’ first of the season and fifth under fifth-year coach Press McPhaul. Their 54-hole total of 827 was 15 strokes better than the previous school record for a three-round event.

ECU junior Harold Varner posted the best 54-hole score in Pirate lore with a 20-under 196 (65-66-66), five strokes fewer than the former mark set by Jonathan Hill in 2002, to earn individual medalist honors for the first time in his collegiate career.

He posted seven birdies without a bogey during the final round, including three on the final five holes to finish nine strokes ahead of runner-up Matthew Broome of Furman (66-68-71=205).

Varner led a foursome of Pirates who finished in the top 10.

Junior David Watkins posted his best round of the tournament Tuesday with a four-under 68 to finish in fourth place at seven-under 209 (70-71-68). Sophomore Zach Edmondson (68-74-71=213) and redshirt freshman Ryan Eibner (67-75-71=213) tied for ninth at three-under.

Richmond claimed second-place with a three-day tally of 14-under 850 (278-292-280) followed by Liberty (276-292-288=856), Louisville (282-287-288=858) and Radford (287-296-282=865).

The victory caps the fall season for ECU, which will start its spring season on Jan. 31 at the Jacksonville University Invitational in Ponte Verde, Fla.


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