Spang Posts 10th Career Top-20 At UCF Challenge
Feb. 11, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - Sophomore Frida Gustafsson Spang carded her second-straight round of 2-under par to finish tied for 14th out of 104 players at the UCF Challenge. The three-day, 54-hole event was being held at the par-72, 6,349-yard Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla.
Spang, who recorded her 10th career Top-20 placement, finished the tournament with a 1-under 215 (75-70-70) tying her season-low 54-hole score (Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational). On the afternoon she tallied three birdies taking advantage of a pair of par-5's (No. 13 and No. 18), after starting the round on the 11th hole.
"I was real proud of the way Frida played this week," ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams said. "She was real steady, especially the last two days. But as a whole, we were rusty with short game and our putter was off all week. We just didn't have enough on the greens and that hurt us in a very good tournament field."
At the turn she was 2-under par and got down to 3-under after her birdie at the par-3 third, before giving a stroke back on the eighth hole. In all, Spang recorded 36 pars and ranked among the tournament leaders in total birdies (t4th/11) and par-5 scoring (2nd/4.50/6-under).
Senior Fanny Wolte (78-72-72) and sophomore Nicoline Engstoem Skaug (75-73-74) finished tied for 50th with a three-day total of 222. Wolte posted her second-straight round of even par picking up birdies on the first, seventh and 13th holes. Skaug, who also had three birdies on Tuesday, closed out the event with a 2-over 74. Rounding out the Pirates roster were juniors Katie Kirk (78-74-76=228) and Emily Eng (73-77-82=232) finishing tied for 80th and 89th.
Paced by medalist winner Fanny Cnops (208/8-under), tournament host and 24th-ranked UCF completed the wire-to-wire run claiming the team title with a 7-under 857. The Knights finished one shot ahead of No. 22 Iowa State (858), seven in front of No. 33 Miami (864) and nine ahead of No. 21 Kentucky (866).
The Pirates (50-18-1), who finished 25 strokes behind UCF, claimed a share of 11th place with Campbell with a score of 882 (301-289-292), its second lowest of the 2013-14 season.
ECU will be back in action March 3-5 when they travel to Coral Gables, Fla. to participate in the Hurricane Invitational.