Spang Leads Pirates In Final Round Of NCAA's

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Frida Gustafsson Spang Finishes Tied For 18th At NCAA East Regional
Sophomore Frida Gustafsson Spang Finishes Tied For 18th At NCAA East Regional

May 11, 2014

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TALLAHASEE, Fla. - East Carolina sophomore Frida Gustafsson Spang finished in a tie for 18th place in the individual standing, and the Pirates women's golf team finished 14th in the team standings as the NCAA Division I East Regional women's golf championships at SouthWood Golf Club came to a close on Saturday.

Spang carded a final round 2-under par 70, which was highlighted by four birdies and one bogey. He final score of 215 (72-73-70) tied her season-low round marking her seventh Top-20 finish of the season (14th career).

The Pirates (118-50-1), who appeared in their seventh-straight NCAA Regional, moved into the eighth spot of the 24-team regional with five holes to go looking to advance to their first-ever NCAA Championship, but tough windy conditions dropped them to 14th with a school-record NCAA Regional score of 886. ECU finished ahead of five ranked teams besting Auburn (No. 24), Georgia (No. 48), Kentucky (No. 31), Louisville (No. 38) and UCF (No. 17).

"What a great effort we gave today," ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams said. "With five holes to go we were in the eighth spot and had a chance of advancing. It was windy and the finishing holes were tough and just couldn't hold on. Overall I was very pleased with the year we had. Just really excited that we had a chance at the end and that's really all you can ask for.

"I can't tell you how proud I am of their effort going from 18th place after the first round to eighth (three shots clear of ninth place) with five holes remaining in the East Regional, we had a chance! I'm proud of the girls for fighting like they did with real tough conditions and very excited about the future. But I'm really going to miss Fanny and what she has meant to the program the last four years."

Senior Fanny Wolte (223), who became the second Pirate to participate in four-straight NCAA Regionals (other Abby Bools), finished tied for 55th after a final round 2-over par 74. Sophomore Lane Gakeler (227) took a share of 79th, while junior Katie Kirk (228) claimed a share of 89th. Rounding out the Pirates roster was sophomore Nicoline Engstroem Skaug (230), who finished tied for 99th.

Twelfth-ranked Vanderbilt set a women's collegiate course record with a 24-under par score of 840 to win the team championship and advance to the NCAA Championship Finals at the Tulsa (Okla.,) Country Club May 20-24.

The Commodores will be joined in Tulsa by South Carolina, NC State, Duke, Stanford, Virginia, Tulane and Campbell as the eight team representatives in the final round. Vanderbilt shot a tournament low and women's collegiate course record 274 in the final round to pull away from the field. It finished 14 strokes ahead of the second-place Gamecocks after leading by six strokes entering the final round. Jenny Hahn shot 6-under par 66 to lead Vanderbilt take the top three individual spots in the individual standings. Hahn finished first with a 9-under par total of 207, while teammate Kendall Martindale shot a 6-under par 210 to place second. A third Commodore -- Irina Gabasa - finished in a tie for third place with a 5-under par total of 211.

The individuals advancing to the championship finals are Hayley Davis of Baylor and Gabriella Wahl of East Tennessee State. Wahl defeated Grace Na of Pepperdine in a four-hole sudden victory play-off as she eagled her final hole to gain the win. The advancing individuals are the two highest finishing players not on one of the eight advancing teams.