True freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang
Sept. 18, 2012
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - The East Carolina women's golf team finished fourth in the 15-team field at the season-opening Dale McNamara Invitational Tuesday afternoon at the par-72 Golf Club of Oklahoma.
The Pirates (11-3) carded a final round 297 for a two-day total of 881, which tied for the seventh-lowest team score in school history.
ECU freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang was the Pirates' top finisher, as she tied for sixth place in her first collegiate event with a score of 216 (70-74-72). Classmate Nicoline Engstroem Skaug (74-71-76) and sophomore Emily Eng (73-77-71) finished in a tie for 18th with a tournament score of 221.
Rounding out the Pirates roster were junior Fanny Wolte (76-71-79=226), who finished tied for 30th at 10-over par, and sophomore Katie Kirk (77-75-78=230), who claimed a share of 41st place at 14-over.
"I was really proud with the way we came out and played in our first event," said ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams. "There three nationally-ranked teams in the field and we finished just a couple strokes behind all of them.
"We have a lot of talent on this team and I got a glimpse of what we can do on the course. But there are some things we need to work on, but overall I was really pleased. I thought Frida and Nicoline played extremely well for their first collegiate tournaments and it's going to be exciting to watch them and the rest of the team progress as the season unfolds."
Fourth-ranked Arizona State won the team title after posting a final score of 866. In the final round, Florida's Isabelle Lendl took home individual medalist honors with a 6-under 210, including an even-par 72 on Tuesday.
The ninth-ranked Gators placed second with a 54-hole 869, and were followed by No. 21 Oklahoma State (875), ECU (881) and Coastal Carolina, which posted an 886, rounding out the top five teams.
Lendl claimed the individual title three strokes ahead of Arizona State's Dani Ordonez (213). Oklahoma State's Jayde Panos and Kelsey Vines, who tied for third with equal three-round scores of 214, while Fabiola Arriaga of Texas-San Antonio placed fifth with a 215.
The Pirates will be back in action on Monday, Oct. 1 when they participate in the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic at the Starmount Forest Country Club, where they claimed the 2007 and 2008 team titles.