Otteson Takes Share Of 11th At Knights & Pirates Invitational
April 11, 2012
MELBOURNE, Fla. - East Carolina senior Amy Otteson carded a final round 1-over par and claimed her sixth Top-20 finish of the season taking a share of 11th at the Knights & Pirates Invitational Tuesday afternoon. The two-day, 54-hole event was being held at the Suntree Golf Club Classic Course and hosted by East Carolina and UCF.
Otteson, the Pirates lone finisher in the Top-20, started her final round by birding the par-4, 351-yard third hole and closed out her front nine with another birdie on the par-4, 338-yard eighth for a two-under 34. But three consecutive bogeys on holes 15-17 dropped her to 3-over on the back nine for a final round 73. Otteson would finish the event with a 6-over par 222 (71-78-73).
Sophomore Fanny Wolte finished tied for 21st after a final round 76 for a two-day total of 225 (74-75-76). Faith Hardison (72-80-78) took a share of 41st, while freshmen Emily Eng (79-79-75=233) and Katie Kirk (83-84-79=246) finished tied for 51st and 81st to round out the Pirates squad. Playing as individuals for the Pirates (98-43) were senior Julia Strandberg (80-72-82=234/ t55) and freshman Devan Murphy (91-87-89=267/ 86th).
Tournament co-host No. 41 UCF rallied to earn its first win of the spring erasing a four-stroke advantage by No. 39 Texas Tech. The Knights shot a combined 877 (13-over) to top Texas Tech by one stroke, 878 (14-over).
Texas Tech's Deborah DeVilla emerged as the overall top finisher with a 3-under 213 (69-70-74). Paul Reto (Purdue) joined DeVilla as the only other golfer to finish the event with a score under par, falling two shots out of medalist honors (72-72-70-215).
The Pirates will enjoy a break from competition before heading to Gulf Shores, Ala., for the Conference USA Tournament on April 23-25.