Sophomore Nicoline Engstroem Skaug
March 3, 2014
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - After one round of play, the 54th-ranked East Carolina women's golf team is tied for fifth and sits just six shots out of first place a the 2014 Hurricane Invitational.
The Pirates combined to shoot a 290 (6-over) in round one at the Biltmore Golf Course putting them six shots behind tournament leader, host institutional and No. 30 Miami (284). Iowa State is one shot off the lead followed by Campbell (289) and Kennesaw State (289), who are both tied for third. Rounding out the top five are ECU and Northwestern (290).
A trio of Pirates are among the top 15 heading into second round action. Sophomore Nicoline Engstroem Skaug is tied for eight after posting an even-round 71 (35-36), which consisted of 16 pars, a bogey and a birdie on the tenth hole.
Sophomore Frida Gustafsson Spang and senior Fanny Wolte both fired rounds of 1-over par (72) and are tied for 15th. Both tallied 11 pars, three birdies and four bogeys during their initial rounds. Rounding out the Pirates roster are juniors Katie Kirk (75) and Emily Eng (76), who are tied for 41st and 50th.
Miami's Daniela Darquea leads the event after her opening round score of 68 that gave her a one-shot lead over Middle Tennessee State's Avery George and Iowa State's Sasikarn On-lam after 18 holes.
The second round of the three-day event begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Golfers will tee off in eight-minute intervals from both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees. Wednesday's final round will commence with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
The 2014 Hurricane Invitational will be played over three days at the par-71, 6,092-yard course at the Biltmore, a few miles from the University of Miami campus.