Sophomore Frida Gustafsson Spang
March 25, 2014
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. - East Carolina sophomores Frida Gustafsson Spang and Nicoline Engstroem Skaug both recorded Top-12 placements helping the Pirates to a third place finish at the Briar's Creek Invitational, which was hosted by the College of Charleston at The Golf Club at Briar's Creek.
Spang turned in rounds of 72-73-74=219 finishing at 3-over in sixth and two shots out of medalist honors. In the final round she carded 11 pars, three birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey for a 2-over 74.
Skaug claimed a share of 12th after posting a tournament score of 222, which included a final round 1-under 71 that consisted o five birdies (four on the front nine).
Senior Fanny Wolte finished tied for 27th after carding a final round 1-over 73 for a two-day score of 226 (10-over). Wolte posted 13 pars to go with two birdies and three bogeys. Rounding out the Pirates roster were junior Katie Kirk (t37/229) and sophomore Lane Gakeler (t74/242).
"I'm extremely proud of our team and the way they played this week," said ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams. "What I saw the last two days is what I have been waiting for this year. This is a very talented and we finally put it together posting the low round of the first round. I thought we were competitive to the end and had a chance to win the tournament today, but hats off to Texas Tech and Penn State who went out there and won the golf tournament. I'm really proud of Frida, Nico and Fanny for their consistency and I can't wait to get back on the course."
Christina Vosters of Penn State won individual medalist honors shooting 1-under with a 215 scorecard. Texas Tech charged up the leaderboard on the final day firing a tournament-low round 286 to claim the team title (888/24-over). The Red Raiders edged Penn State by four strokes (89/28-over) and Kimmy Hill led the way for Texas Tech tying a tournament record for lowest round with a 67 to place fifth at 2-over (218).
As a team, the Pirates carded a three-round score of 894 (294-306-294) to place third, just six shots off the lead. ECU picked up wins over five Top-50 teams in No. 11 Clemson (899/35-over), who finished fifth, No. 34 GRU Augusta (895/31-over) in fourth, No. 40 Kansas (903/39-over) in seventh, No. 46 Wisconsin (907/43-over) tied for eighth and No. 48 Illinois (919/55-over) in 11th.
ECU will return to action on April 7-8 when they head down to Jacksonville, Fla. to participate in the Web.com Intercollegiate, which will be played at the Marsh Landing Golf Club.