Frida Gustafsson Spang Wins Third Career Title With Score Of 207
The Pirates Posted A Collective 3.635 GPA Ranking 25th Nationally
Sophomore Earns 14th Career Top-20 Individual Finish
Skaug and Spang Named First-Team, Wolte Takes Home Second-Team Honors
Skaug and Spang Finish Tied For Eighth With 54-Hole Score Of 216
Returning to his alma mater in 2007 after spending 18 months as the head golf professional at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro, N.C., Kevin Williams has guided the Pirates to seven consecutive NCAA East Regional appearances.
Williams guided East Carolina to its 10th NCAA Regional appearance in the programs 14-year history and ninth in the last 10 years as the No. 18 seed in the East Regional, which was held in Tallahassee, Fla. The Pirates moved into the eighth sport of the 24-team regional with five holes remaining looking to advance to their first-ever NCAA Championship, but tough windy conditions dropped them to 14th despite setting a school-record NCAA Regional score of 866.
ECU posted a 118-50-1 record, the fourth-most wins in school history, claiming six top-4 placements including a second place finish at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational (865/1-over) and Web.com Intercollegiate (875/11-over). Williams mentored three All-Conference USA selections, which included first-teamers Nicoline Engstroem Skaug and Frida Gustafsson Spang and second-team selection Fanny Wolte. The Pirates successful season was capped off with a pair of Top-50 national rankings in both GolfStat and GolfWeek's final polls.
A trio of golfers in Skaug, Wolte and Katie Kirk were named Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division I All-America Scholars and for the third time in school history, the Pirates garnered a Top-25 team ranking by the WGCA after having a collective 3.635 GPA.
Two years ago (2012-13), Williams led the Pirates' to their ninth NCAA Regional appearance, eighth in nine year, in the Spring of 2013. His team posted a 129-67-1 record - the second-most wins in a single-season (140 during 2002-03 campaign) and claimed four top-4 finishes, which included a second-place finish at the Conference USA Championships halting the Pirates run of 12-straight years with at least one team title.
|College||East Carolina University, 1985 (B.A.)
|Family||children: Patrick and Anniken|
|Professional||PGA Club Professional Championship, 1989|
|Professional||PGA Club Professional Championship, 1992|
|1995-12/31/05||East Carolina University, head men's coach|
|2000-12/31/05||East Carolina University, head women's coach|
|2007-present||East Carolina University, head women's coach|
The Pirates garnered a pair of Top-60 national rankings by Golfstat (No. 50) and Golfweek (No. 55) marking the fourth time in the last five years his club finished among the nations Top-60 in both polls. Once again Williams mentored three all-conference players including the leagues first ever Player and Freshman-of-the-Year selection Frida Gustafsson Spang (first-team), 2013 C-USA Individual Medalist Winner Nicoline Engstroem Spang (second-team) and Fanny Wolte (third-team).
During the 2011-12 season, Williams guided the Pirates' to their eighth NCAA Regional appearance finishing 21st out of 24 teams. His squad claimed a pair of team titles (Golfweek Program Challenge and UNCW Lady Seahawk Classic) marking the second-straight year with multiple wins and the 12th-straight with a tournament victory. The Pirates, who garnered Top-60 national rankings by Golfstat (57) and Golfweek (59), were led by all-league performers Amy Otteson (first-team), Wolte (second-team) and Katie Kirk (third-team).
Three years ago Williams guided the Pirates to a 96-58-2 record, claimed three team titles and a pair of second place finishes while closing out the 2010-11 campaign ranked in the Top-60 nationally in both the Golfweek (50) and Golfstat (58) polls. He tutored a trio of All-Conference USA performers in Wolte (first-team), Amber Littman (second-team) and Otteson (third-team). Wolte also became the third Pirate to be named C USA Freshman-of-the-Year joining Lene Krog (2006) and Littman (2008).
During the 2009-10 campaign, the Pirates finished with a 114-75-2 record, which included its fifth-straight top-three finish in the Conference USA Championships (third). The Pirates closed out the season ranked in the Top-65 nationally in two polls (56/Golfweek and 64/Golfstat), and recorded their first ever win over a top-5 program after defeating then No. 3 Duke in a Tri-Match event at Ironwood Country Club, home of the NCAA East Regional, where ECU finished 12th out of 24 teams. Senior Abby Bools (first-team) and Otteson (third-team) were all-conference selections, while Bools was named C-USA Co-Player-of-the Year.
His 2008-09 team recorded its highest finish at the NCAA East Regional (ninth place) carding a tournament score of 892. During opening round action, the Pirates (108-43-2) fired a school-record 283 behind a pair of personal-best rounds of 68 from All-Conference USA selections Bools and Ana Maria Puche, which gave ECU a one-shot lead. But rounds of 313 and 296 dropped the Pirates to ninth place, three shots away from advancing to their first NCAA Championship.
His first year back on the job, Williams helped the 2007-08 Lady Pirate golfers to a school-record six tournament team titles and its first ever top-20 national-ranking on Oct. 1, 2007 (No. 20/Golfweek). The Pirates' found themselves ranked in Golfweek's top-30 for 21 consecutive weeks and was ranked in three of the four national polls top-30 for five-straight weeks. Williams, the 2008 C-USA Coach-of-the-Year, authored a 122-37-1 overall record, which included five consecutive team titles and a NCAA East Regional berth.
In his twelve-and-a-half year tenure with the Lady Pirates, Williams has guided ECU to a 1,374-689-18 mark, which has included nine NCAA at-large bids (2003, `05, `08-14), while also coaching Adrienne Millican to a 2004 NCAA Women's Golf Championship appearance.
During the 2003 season, Williams picked up his first Coach-of-the-Year award after leading ECU to a 132-21-2 record, which included three wins over top-25 teams, three team titles and nine top-five finishes.
He has had 11 golfers tally 27 of ECU's 30 Women's Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All America honors, 29 All C-USA selections, four C-USA All-Freshman choices, three Player-of-the-Year (Bools/2008, 2010 and Spang/2013), three Freshman-of-the-Year (Littman/ 2008, Wolte/2011, Spang/13) and one C-USA All-Decade member in Millican. Krog, who earned 2006 C-USA Freshman-of-the-Year, first-team all conference, all-tournament and league medalist honors was recruited by Williams and played under him during the fall of 2005.
Williams also coached the men's program (1995-96 to Fall 2005) to a 987-808-26 overall record during his first tenure in Greenville. In 10-plus seasons guiding the men, he led the Pirates to six team tournament titles, 12 individual crowns and coached five Academic All-America selections.
A 1985 graduate of ECU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Williams originally returned to his alma mater on August 1, 1995 when he succeeded long-time coach and GCAA Hall of Fame member Hal Morrison to become the 15th golf coach in school history.
Prior to heading the East Carolina golf program in 1995, Williams was the head golf professional and director of golf operations at the Kinston (N.C.) Country Club for eight years, dating back to 1987. While at Kinston CC, Williams was active as a junior golf coordinator/teacher and a player in the Carolinas PGA Section.
Williams' playing career highlights include victories in eight of the Carolina's PGA Pro-Am Championships. In addition, he also qualified for and competed in the 1989 and 1992 PGA Club Professional Championship. His career led him to get involved in the affairs of the Carolinas PGA Section, first as a member of the board of directors and later as a chairman of the tournament committee before his six years of service to the organization ended in 1997. Williams has a son, Patrick (28), and daughter Anniken (20).