By Jackie Drake
A team of golfers representing East Carolina University recently won a division of the Acura College Alumni Team Championship.
With a net score of 238, teammates Jerry Shaw ’99, Gill Young, Whitt Young, and Andrew Bain finished first place in the net scoring division. The fifth annual Acura championship was held October 5-8 at Pinehurst Resort.
The team qualified for the championship after winning the ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament, held September 19 at Ironwood Golf & Country Club, sponsored by the East Carolina Alumni Association. All hometown friends from Clayton, NC, in Johnston County, the team calls themselves the “JoCo Pirates.”
The JoCo Pirates competed with 60 teams from universities across the country at legendary Pinehurst courses No. 2 and No. 4 in a 36-hole best-ball competition.
“Once we got to the Acura alumni championship it was unbelievable,” said Jerry Shaw. “Representing my school against 60 other colleges was quite an experience and then to win was awesome. I was proud to represent ECU so well and hope we get another chance next year. We as a team made a commitment to try and make it back and defend our title.”
While Jerry’s teammates did not attend ECU, Jerry says he has turned them into Pirate fans. They all enjoy golfing to benefit the Alumni Scholarship program at ECU.
The gross scoring division champion was the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the bracket division champion was Iowa State University.
The Acura College Alumni Team Championship was created as a grass-roots championship for Acura, the preferred vehicle of Pinehurst Resort. The championship field is determined through 60 individual qualifying golf tournaments held at Division I universities from 13 NCAA conferences. The winning foursome from each university qualifier advances to the championship at Pinehurst. The qualifying tournaments serve as fundraisers for the university alumni or athletic foundations.
“Acura is proud to be the title sponsor for the College Alumni Team Championships,” stated Susie Rossick, senior manager, Honda/Acura regional media and marketing.
If you would like the chance to represent ECU at Pinehurst Resort in next year’s Acura championship, be sure to get a team together for the 2015 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic, to be held in September. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Alumni Scholarship program.