Freshman Katie Kirk records career-best fifth place finish at JMU Eagle Landing
March 12, 2012
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -The East Carolina women's golf team captured its fourth Top 3 finish of the 2011-12 season claiming third at the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational. The three-day, 54-hole tournament, which was hosted by James Madison, was played at the Eagle Landing Golf Club at Oakleaf Plantation (Par 72 / 6,286 yards) in Orange Park, Fla.
Playing for the second straight day in cooler temperatures with overcast skies and gusting wind conditions, ECU shot the low round of the day with a 6-over par 294 and moved up to third at 26-over 890. South Florida led from wire-to-wire, holding off a late charge by Maryland to win with a 19-over 883, as one of just four teams to break 300 on the final day with an 11-over 299. The Terrapins were three shots back at 22-over 886 after a 13-over 301. Campbell shot a 7-over 295 and finished fourth at 29-over 893, while Illinois rounded out the top five squads at 36-over 900.
The Pirates (70-31) were led by freshman Katie Kirk, who shot a personal-best 1-over 217 in the tournament to claim a share of fifth place. Senior Amy Otteson recorded her 20th career Top 20 finish after posting a 6-over 222 and tied for 15th. Sophomore Fanny Wolte moved up 10 spots on the final day carding a 2-over 74 to finish tied for 27th place (227). Rounding out the Pirates roster were freshman Emily Eng (14-over/232) and Faith Hardison (19-over/235) who finished tied for 40th and 59th.
Kaylin Yost of Campbell led through all three rounds and took home tournament medalist honors at 1-under 215, defeating Stetson's Alex Buelow, Juliet Vongphoumy of Maryland and South Florida's Shena Yang by one shot. Buelow had the low round of the final day with a 4-under 68.
ECU returned to the course on Mon.-Tue., March 19-20 at the 2012 Pinehurst Challenge, which will be hosted by the College of Charleston. The two-day, 54-hole event will be played at the Pinehurst Resort No. 7 in Pinehurst, N.C.