Pirates Take Sixth At Briar's Creek Invitational

UABSPORTS.COM Freshman Nicoline Engstroem Skaug
Freshman Nicoline Engstroem Skaug

March 26, 2013


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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. - No. 45 East Carolina carded a final round 10-over par 298 to finish in sixth place at the Briar's Creek Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole event was being held at the par-72, 6,088-yard Golf Club.

The Pirates (97-47) finished five strokes out of third place, but picked up top-50 wins over No. 40 UCF (seventh), No. 46 Wisconsin (t-13th) and No. 27 Penn State (17th).

"Our girls battles some extremely tough weather conditions this week," said ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams. "I really like the fighting spirit of this group and feel we are getting better with each event."

ECU freshman Nicoline Engstroem Skaug posted a final round 3-over par 75 to claim a share of seventh place with a tournament score of 227 (11-over). The Oslo, Norway native posted an even par 36 on the front nine with a birdie on the seventh hole, before dropping three strokes on the back half of the course. She finished the event ranked among the tournament leaders in par-3 scoring (1-over/t4th) and total birdies made (8/t5th).

Fellow classmate Frida Gustafsson Spang finished tied for 23rd after a three-day total of 231 (15-over). She carded rounds of 77, 79 and 75 while also finishing among the tournament leaders in par-5 scoring (1-under/t15th) and total birdies made (7/t6th).

Sophomore Emily Eng (233) posted the Pirates best round of the day with an even par 72, which included three birdies and three bogeys. Over the two days of golf, she posted 36 total pars, which ranks fourth in the field.

Junior Fanny Wolte (237) and sophomore Katie Kirk (241) finished tied for 46th and 65th.

No. 23-ranked Notre Dame won team and individual medalist honors shooting a three-round score of 906 (42-over), which was eight strokes better than second-place Maryland (914/50-over) and third place Coastal Carolina (916/52-over). The Fighting Irish's Ashley Armstrong shot 1-over par 217 to claim medalist honors.

The Pirates will be back on the course on April 8 when they travel down to Jacksonville, Fla. to participate in the Marsh Landing Invitational.