Freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang
Feb. 12, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - Freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang posted a final round 3-under par 69 (35-34) moving up 10 spots and finishing second at the 2013 UCF Challenge Tuesday afternoon. The three-day, 54-hole event was being held at the RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.
Sitting in a tie for 12th heading into the final 18 holes, Gustafsson Spang (213) registered birdies on the seventh, 10th and 14th holes and played even round golf on the other 15 to claim her third Top-6 placement of her rookie season. The Kinna, Sweden native finished ahead of four Top-50 players and ranked among the tournament leaders in par-4 scoring (2nd/3.93), birdies (t5th/10) and total pars (t5th/38).
"This was a great start to the spring season," ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams said. "It was a tough and challenging field and I thought we played very well, but there are things we need to work on. I'm really proud of the way Frida played this week and Fanny came up huge for us on Monday putting us in a great position going into the final round."
Junior Fanny Wolte (221) closed out the event with a 3-over par 75 (37-38) to finish tied for 21st, her best finish of the 2012-13 season. During second round action, the Graz, Austria native helped propel the Pirates (59-35) into a share of fourth place after she posted a 5-under par on her final 10 holes Monday afternoon. Wolte ranked second among the tournament leaders in par-3 scoring (t2nd/2.83) and total pars (t12th/37).
ECU sophomore Emily Eng (224) and freshman Nicoline Engstroem Skaug (224) finished tied for 36th, while freshman Katie Kirk (234) took a share of 77th place. Eng posted a final round 2-over par 74 (36-38) moving up nine spots from Monday.
Ninth-ranked North Carolina (854) was the lone team to finish under par for the tournament, going 10-under to take the team title. Tulane (871), who entered the event ranked 30th in the nation by Golfstat, pulled away from host UCF (876) on the back nine to finish 7-over and take runner-up honors in the team competition. The Knights (876) were 12-over to take third, while Miami (877) finished one stroke back in fourth.
No. 18 Virginia (879) claimed fifth finishing three strokes ahead of ECU (882). The Pirates, who claimed their third Top-6 placement of the season, picked up wins against nationally-ranked Texas State (No. 38), Mississippi (No. 42), Oregon State (no. 46) and Missouri (No. 48).
Virginia's Briana Mao took home medalist honors with a 4-over par 212 followed by Gustafsson Spang and a pair of Tar Heels in Elizabeth Mallett (214) and Katherine Perry (214), who tied for third.
The Pirates will take a month off before heading up to Virginia in early March to participate in the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational.