ECU Takes Second At Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Nicoline Engstroem Skaug
Sophomore Nicoline Engstroem Skaug

Oct. 2, 2013

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WEST POINT, Miss. - East Carolina carded a final round 2-under par 286 to finish second at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational Wednesday afternoon. The 54-hole event was being held at the Old Waverly Golf Club, home of the 1999 U.S. Women's Open.

The Pirates' three-day score of 865 (1-over) is the second-lowest 54-hole tally in school history falling six shots shy of the school-record 859, which was set by the 2011-12 squad at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

"I was really pleased with the way we played this week," ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams said. "Old Waverly is one of the more difficult courses we will play this year, and I thought we handled it very well.

"We are heading into our final tournament of the fall season extremely confident and look to end on a high note. This week we just couldn't keep up with Mississippi State, who on their home course, played flawlessly."

Host institution Mississippi State rolled to the team title leading wire-to-wire and firing a 20-under 844. Georgia State (876/12-over), Florida International (884/20-over) and East Tennessee State (889/25-over) rounded out the top five.

Sophomore Nicoline Engstroem Skaug posted her third career top-5 finish after carding a personal-best 6-under par 210, which is tied for the second-lowest player individual score in school history. On the week, Skaug ranked among the tournament leaders in total birdies (t1st/8), par-5 scoring (t1st/3-under), par-4 scoring (t7th/1-under) and par-3 scoring (t10th/even par).

Fellow classmate Frida Gustafsson Spang recorded her seventh career top-10 finish with a 1-under par 215 to finish seventh. Along with Skaug she fired a 4-under par 68 in final round action and ranked among tournament leaders in eagles (t1st/1), par-5 scoring (t1st/3-under), par-4 scoring (t2nd/2-under), par-3 scoring (t10th/even) and total birdies (t13th/4).

Junior Katie Kirk (291) finished tied for 12th, while senior Fanny Wolte (227) and junior Emily Eng (227) finished tied for 30th.

MSU's Ally McDonald (207) bested teammate Jessica Peng (208) by one shot to win medalist honors with a score of 9-under after her final round 67. Ji Eun Baik (MSU) and Nicole Autrique (USF) both tied for fourth with a 3-under 213.

The Pirates (29-7) will close out their fall schedule Oct. 7-8 when they host the annual Lady Pirate Intercollegiate. The two-day, 54-hole event will be held at the Greenville Country Club.