Eng Tied For 15th At Lady Pirate Intercollegiate

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Sophmore Emly Eng

Oct. 8, 2012

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina sophomore Emily Eng carded an opening round 2-over 74 and currently sits in a four-way tie for 15th after the first round of the 2012 Lady Pirate Intercollegiate.

The two-day, 54-hole event has been reduced to just 36 holes after second round action was washed out at the Greenville Country Club. After two hours of action, play was halted for 90 minutes due to lightning in the area during intermediate showers. When the golfers resumed play and finished first round action, heavier rains entered the area and play was halted for good around 4 p.m. (ET) leaving officials to cancel second round play all together.

Eng started the first round on the first hole recording a par before posting a birdie on the par-4 second hole. She then carded seven-straight pars before a bogey on the ninth to finish the front nine at even par (36). On the back nine, she continued her stellar play with three more pars before bogeying three of her next four holes. At the par-4 No. 17, she posted her second birdie of the day and capped her round with her 12 par of the day for a 2-over 38.

Freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang posted a 3-over 75 (37-38), which included an eagle on the par-5 No. 9, and currently sits in a tie for 21st. Sophomore Katie Kirk (40-37) is tied for 33rd with a 5-over 77, while junior Fanny Wolte (38-41-79) and freshman Nicoline Engstroem Skaug (39-41=80) round out the Pirates roster in a tie for 48th and 60th.

Playing as individuals for the Pirates (24-5) are true freshman Lane Gakeler and sophomore Devan Murphy. Gakeler, who is participating in her second career event, is tied for 33rd after a 5-over par opening round 77, while Murphy is tied for 92nd with a 13-over par 85.

Two-time defending Lady Pirate Intercollegiate champs Maryland is tied with UNC Wilmington for the lead with a 7-over par 295. Old Dominion (301) stands alone in third six strokes behind the leaders, while Elon (302) is one shot back behind the Monarchs in fourth. Rounding out the top five are No. 22 Coastal Carolina (305) and Southern Miss (305) at 15-over. Host East Carolina is 10 strokes behind the leaders after an opening round 305.

Maryland's Juliet Vongphoumy leads the tournament after an opening round 68 (4-under) and holds a two-stroke advantage over Cristina McQuiston (Boston College) and three strokes over Lori Beth Adams (UNC Wilmington). Eight golfers are within striking distance of Vongphoumy sitting at even par.

High Point's Tan Cheeranont posted the shot of the day when she aced the par-3, 131-yard third hole. The freshman from Bangkok, Thailand finished the day with a 4-over par 76 and is tied for 24th.

Final round action is schedule to begin at 8:30 a.m. (ET) with a shotgun start. Pirate fans can follow all the live action by logging on to www.Golfstat.com.