Sophomore Katie Kirk
March 25, 2013
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. - No. 45 East Carolina carded an opening round 29-over par 317 at the Briar's Creek Invitational and is currently tied for seventh place with No. 23 Notre Dame. The two-day, 54-hole event is being held at The Golf Club at Briar's Creek.
The first day of the inaugural invitational saw the 18-team tournament field battle the elements with winds ranging between 25-30 miles an hour and gusts up to 40 to go along with the mid-50-degree temperatures Monday.
Freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang leads the Pirates and is tied for 15th after round one with a 5-over par 77 (38-39). Her opening round consisted of three birdies, four bogeys and a pair of double-bogeys.
Sophomore Katie Kirk is tied for 19th after posting a 6-over 78 (37-41). Fellow underclassman Nico Engstroem Skaug is tied for 35th (80), while junior Fanny Wolte (82) and sophomore Emily Eng (85) are tied for 51st and 77th.
First round leader Brittany Henderson (Coastal Carolina) holds a one-shot lead over teammate Jessica Alexander after firing a 1-under par 71.
Coastal Carolina (305) leads the team portion of the event by two strokes over No. 40 UCF (307). Kansas is four shots behind the leader at 309, while Maryland (312) and Indiana (315) round out the top-five.
After 32 holes on the first day, second round play was suspended at 7:15 p.m. (ET) with about four-to-six holes remaining and will continue Tuesday morning at 8:15 a.m. (ET). The final round of play will follow after the conclusion of second round action.
When play was suspended, the Pirates (85-42) sat in a three-way tie for first with Coastal Carolina and Notre Dame at 33-over par.