Junior Emily Eng
Feb. 9, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. -East Carolina junior Emily Eng carded a 1-over par 73 during opening round action at the UCF Challenge and is currently tied for 26th. The three-day, 54-hole event is being held at the par-72, 6,349-yard Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
Eng (36-37), who started on the 10th hole, made birdies on the par-3 second and par-5 13th hole, but gave three strokes back with bogeys on the third, eighth and 12th holes. Eng is currently six shots behind tournament leader Fanny Cnops (UCF), who fired an opening round 67 (5-under).
Cnops (33-34) holds a one-shot lead over GRU Augusta's Casey Kennesy (34-34) and ETSU's Gabriella Wahl (34-34). South Florida's Anna Hancock (31-38) sits in fourth, while a quartet of players are tied for fifth with a 2-under par 70.
The ECU sophomore duo of Frida Gustafsson Spang (40-35) and Nicoline Engstroem Skaug (38-37) are tied for 49th after rounds of 75 (3-over). Spang birded four holes, three coming on a stretch from the 13th-17th holes, but bogeys at No. 15 and No. 1, along with double-bogeys at No. 6 and No. 8 dropped her to the middle of the pack.
Skaug recorded just one birdie on the afternoon coming at the par-3 No. 11, but dropped four strokes in her last 10 holes closing the day at 3-over. Rounding out the Pirates roster were senior Fanny Wolte (39-39) and junior Katie Kirk (37-41) who both posted scores of 78 (6-over).
Tournament host and 24th-ranked UCF holds a five-shot lead over second place (No. 33) Miami (287) after their opening round score of 282 (6-under). ETSU sits in third with an even round of 288, while 49th-ranked GRU Augusta and South Florida round out the top five following scores of 290 (2-over).
Second round action is scheduled to begin with a shotgun start Monday morning at 9 a.m. with the East Carolina teeing off from holes 14-16. Pirate fans can follow all the action live at www.GolfStat.com.