The East Carolina University men’s golf team will travel to Johnson City, Tennessee, tomorrow to play in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate tournament held at the Blackthorn Country Club in order to complete its fall schedule.
This will be the 19th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate that East Tennessee State University will host. The three-day tournament will begin tomorrow morning at 8:30, with the second round following at the same time on Saturday.
Once the second round has concluded, Sunday’s tee times and pairings will be announced based on the two-day finishing scores for the teams. ETSU announced the course as a par-72, 7,147 layout. 15 teams will play in the tournament alongside ECU including University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Furman, Villanova and more.
The last time ECU traveled to Johnson City for this tournament was in the fall of 2015. The Pirates earned eighth place out of 15 teams after shooting 2-over 290 in the final round of the weekend. It was a 54-hole tournament, and ECU finished with a card of 4-over-par and a total score of 868.
Previous players, Wes Conover and Al Dickens led the Pirates, shooting 4-under 68 and 3-over 75 to finish tied for 17th and 21st respectively. Penn State ended up taking the victory followed by Louisville and Tennessee at second and third. In eighth, ECU finished ahead of Virginia Commonwealth University, ESTU, UNCW, Furman University, Villanova and Coastal Carolina. Penn State will also be returning this weekend to give ECU a run for first.
This is only the second time ECU has participated in the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate since its first year of competition in 1998. The Pirates are hoping to leave Tennessee with a victory. The team’s ultimate goal, according to head coach Andrew Sapp, would be to play in the top three during the final round for a chance to win.
“To have a chance in the final round, to be in that top three with a chance to win the tournament, playing in the last group (is where we need to be),” Sapp said. “We play a sport where unfortunately we don’t get to play defense so we can’t control what any other team does. This is our last tournament of the fall and we really want to end it off on a good note, just showing improvement from beginning to end,” Sapp said.
The Pirates tied for fifth in their previous tournament, the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in Raleigh, North Carolina on Oct. 2. Senior Tim Conover secured a 5-under-par, 211, leading his team to the tie.
Conover shot under par in two of the three rounds, finishing tied for fourth individually. This was Tim Conover’s first top-5 finish of the season and the fifth in his golf career.
“I’m hoping to keep the momentum going into this next tournament, I just want to play the best golf I can, and hopefully I will be in contention with my best golf and have a chance to win at the end of the tournament,” Conover said.
Looking forward, it is hard to tell who will lead the team come Oct. 13. A different player has led the team in stats during and after each tournament.
“It will be exciting to see who steps up, it could be somebody totally different from the three guys that have led us in the first few tournaments,” Sapp said.