Freshman Nico Engstroem Skaug
March 16, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The East Carolina duo of Nico Engstroem Skaug and Fanny Wolte each posted rounds of 3-over par (75) and are currently tied for 16th place after the first round of the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate at Augusta State's Forest Hilld Golf Club.
Frida Gustafsson Spang, who is coming off her second career tournament win a week ago, is tied for 26th after an opening round 5-over par 77. Rounding out the Pirates' roster are sophomore's Emily Eng (83) and Katie Kirk (89) who are tied for 75th and 95th heading into second round action.
Vandy's Lauren Stratton, the No. 4 player for the `Dores, registered six birdies and posted a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over teammate Jenny Hahn and Augusta State senior Natalie Wille. Purdue's Laura Gonzalez is alone in fourth after a 1-under 71 and seven players are tied for fifth.
The ninth-ranked Commodores, the highest-ranked team in the field, combined for a 2-over 290 in the first round and moved out to a five-shot lead over No. 16 Purdue. Texas and Notre Dame are third and fourth, respectively, while Coastal Carolina and East Tennessee State are tied for fifth. The Lady Jags are just a single stroke back of both the Chanticleers and Buccaneers.
The Pirates currently sit in ninth place after carding an opening round of 22-over (310) and are seven shots out of fourth place.
The three-day, 54-hole event features the largest field in the six-year history of the event. Among the 18 teams are ASU, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Georgia State, Illinois, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Lamar, Maryland, Memphis, Notre Dame, Purdue, Southern Mississippi, Texas, UT San Antonio and Vanderbilt. The field includes six teams ranked in the nation's top 50 and a total of 99 players will be in action.
UT San Antonio is the defending tournament champion while Purdue's Paula Reto is back to defend her individual crown. The Roadrunners topped Augusta State by six strokes last spring while Reto fired a tournament-record, 8-under 64 in the final round on March 18, 2012 and won by 10 shots over ASU's Casey Kennedy with a total of 9-under 207.
Second round action gets underway Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m.