East Carolina University students and alumni have been in sports news recently. Alumnus men’s golfer Harold Varner III and current ECU men’s golfer Blake Taylor both competed in the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia this weekend. Varner III earned his second Top 10 finish in the Professional Golfers’ Association this season, finishing tied for 5th place.
The Greenbrier Classic was the first ever PGA event for Taylor, and he narrowly missed the second round cut of -3 after shooting +1 in the first two rounds. Despite not making the cut, Taylor was able to finish above many notable professional golfers including John Daly and Geoff Ogilvy, and finished as the top amatuer in the tournament.
Varner III finished at an impressive -12 on the weekend, helping secure his seventh career top 10 finish after finishing tied for fifth place, also tying the best finish in his career thus far. He also earned $247,470 in prize money for his top-five finish.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe these Pirate golfers deserve recognition for their accomplishments, both this weekend and throughout their careers overall.
Each of them will likely have long prosperous careers ahead of them as Taylor is only heading into his junior year at ECU, and Varner III is just 27 years old. Taylor was named to the the American Athletic Conference men's golf All-Conference team last season as a sophomore, and appears he has a great chance to repeat that again this season as a junior after qualifying and competing in his first ever PGA Tour event.
While golf is not widely recognized as one of the most followed college sports. It is encouraging to see both former and current Pirates put ECU golf on the map, and could even possibly help with future recruitment down the line.