Freshman Nicoline Engstroem Skaug
April 24, 2013
GULF SHORES, Ala. - East Carolina freshman Nicoline Engstroem Skaug won a three-golfer playoff to claim individual medalist honors at the 2013 Conference USA Women's Championship Wednesday afternoon. The three-day, 54-hole event was being held at the par-72 6,162-yard Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club.
Skaug, who shared the lead at the end of the first and second rounds, won the playoff with a par on the 18th and third playoff hole defeating Gemma Dryburgh of Tulane and Felicia Espericueta of SMU. All three golfers finished the Championship with identical 220 scores and Skaug becomes the second medalist from ECU, joining Lene Krog who won the individual title in 2006.
No. 48 East Carolina (904) was the team runner-up, finishing one stroke ahead of No. 44 UCF (905). Two Pirate golfers finished among the top-10 individuals, with Skaug advancing to the playoff and freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang (222) finishing in a tie for sixth place at 6-over. Junior Fanny Wolte (228) finished tied for 17th, while the sophomore duo of Katie Kirk (236) and Emily Eng (237) took a share of 35th and 39th place.
For the Pirates (117-55-1) it marks the fifth time in school history that they have finished in the top-2 of the C-USA Championships. Back in 2006 they won the team title and have claimed four runner-up finishes ('07, '08, '10 and '13).
No. 20 Tulane (877), who won its fifth C-USA Women's Golf Championship, was impressive throughout the tournament and led wire-to-wire, increasing a two-stroke lead after day one to a 27 stroke win over the Pirates. By virtue of winning the C-USA Championship, Tulane earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.
All five Green Wave golfers finished in the top eight, with Dryburgh (4-over, t1st), Silvia Garces (5-over, t4th), Emily Penttila (5-over, t4th), Maribel Lopez Porras (6-over, t6th) and Madison Opfer (8-over, t8th) all posting at least one round of even-par or better.
Espericueta shot the low round of the day to earn her way into the playoff, firing a 69 with six birdies. Dryburgh shot even-par 72 during the final round, continuing her consistent play for the Championship and working her way into the playoff.
ECU, who will be making its sixth-straight Regional appearance, will learn its NCAA post-season destination in two weeks when the selection committee conducts its annual conference call to name the 24 teams in each of the three regions as well as a total of nine individuals to be placed in each region.
Nicoline Engstroem Skaug, East Carolina (Medalist)
Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane
Felicia Espericueta, SMU
Silvia Garces, Tulane
Emily Penttila, Tulane