Freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang
April 22, 2013
GULF SHORES, Ala. - East Carolina freshmen Nico Engstroem Skaug and Frida Gustafsson Spang both posted a 2-under par 70 and are currently tied for first place at the 2013 Conference USA Women's Golf Championships. The three-day, 54-hole event is being held at the par-72, 6-162-yard Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club.
Skaug recorded three of her four birdies on the front nine finishing with 34 before closing out the opening round with a 36. Fellow classmate Spang, who birdied her final three holes, tallied six total birdies and finished with a 1-under 35 on both the front and back nine.
Junior Fanny Wolte carded a 2-over 74 (36-38), which consisted of three birdies and is tied for eighth just four shots behind her teammates. Sophomore's Emily Eng (41-38) and Katie Kirk (38-41) are tied for 35th with an opening round 70 (7-over par).
Tulane's Silvia Garces shot a 1-under 71 and was the only other golfer to shoot better than par during Monday's opening round and sits in third. Two players, SMU's Felicia Espericueta and Tulane's Emily Penttila, fired rounds of even par and are tied for fourth.
No. 20 Tulane (291) holds a two-shot lead over No. 48 East Carolina (293) after opening round play. Four Green Wave golfers hold top-10 spots after the first 18 holes, including Garces, Penttila, Madison Opfer (74 - t8th) and Gemma Dryburgh (74 - t8th). Defending individual medalist Maribel Lopez Porras shot a 75 during the first round and sits five shots behind the leaders, tied for 14th.
Teams sitting in third through seventh place are separated by just four strokes, with No. 44 UCF holding a one-shot edge over No. 33 SMU, 301-302, for third place. Tulsa, the defending team champion, and Memphis are tied after recording rounds of 304. Old Dominion, playing in its first C-USA Women's Golf Championship, is one shot behind at 305.
The first groups in Tuesday's second round will tee off at 7:45 a.m. CDT. Memphis, Tulsa and SMU will start on hole No. 1, with Tulane, East Carolina and UCF following off the No. 1 tee at 8:35 a.m. Old Dominion, Southern Miss and UTEP will begin on No. 10 at 7:45 a.m., while UAB and Marshall will go off No. 10 at 8:35 a.m.
The winner of the C-USA Championship will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals. Live stats can be found here.