Freshman Frida Spang Gustafsson
March 10, 2013
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -East Carolina freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang carded a 1-over 73 during final round action at the JMU Eagle Landing and completed her wire-to-wire run to individual medalist honors. The three-day, 54-hole event is being played at Eagle Landing at Oakleaf Plantation (Par 72 - 6,282 yards) in Orange Park, Fla., just outside of Jacksonville.
Gustafsson Spang, who claimed her second tournament title of the season, finished with a 4-under par 212, which was three-shots better than Campbell's Lisbeth Brooks and Mississippi State's Ally McDonald who finished tied for second at 215. Gustafsson Spang led the 97-member field with 16 total birdies and shared the lead in par-4 scoring (4.00/even par) and par-5 scoring (4.67/4-under).
Old Dominion's Samantha Morrell (216) and UNC Wilmington's Lori Beth Adams (217) rounded out the top five.
"I am really proud of how our team fought through adversity this week," said ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams. "We had three players battling a stomach virus and for us to finish third was a testament of our teams makeup. Frida carried us with her great play and she continues to impress me with her game and positive attitude."
Sophomore Emily Eng (227) posted a final round 77 (5-over) to finish tied for 26th, while fellow classmate Katie Kirk (231) took a share of 43rd place. Freshman Nico Engstroem Skaug (237) fired a 6-over 78 to finish tied for 70th, while junior Fanny Wolte (149) finished 97th. Wolte withdrew from opening round play due to flu-like symptoms. Playing as an individual for the Pirates was sophomore Devan Murphy (252) who carded a final round 4-over par 76 finishing in 91st.
Campbell walked away with the team title after a 54-hole score of 870 (6-over) finishing 21 strokes ahead of Mississippi State (891). ECU took third with a scored of 897 (33-over), while host James Madison (903) finished fourth.
The Pirates (73-37), claimed their third top four finish of the season, will be back in action next weekend at the Insperity Lady Jaguar Invitational in August, Ga. (Mar. 15-17).