Golf Trio Earns All-Conference USA Honors

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Fanny Wolte earns fourth-straight All-Conference USA selection
Senior Fanny Wolte earns fourth-straight All-Conference USA selection

April 30, 2014

IRVING, Texas - East Carolina sophomore's Nicoline Engstroem Skaug and Frida Gustafsson Spang were named First-Team All-Conference USA, while senior Fanny Wolte took home second-team honors the league announced Wednesday afternoon.

The trio's selection marks the 12th-straight year the Pirates have had multiple golfers earn all-league honors dating back to the 2002-03 campaign.

"We are very excited to have three golfers named All-Conference USA," ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams said. "All three (Skaug, Spang and Wolte) played extremely consistent through out the year and their great play and hard work has paid off.

"Both Nico and Frida have continued to carry on the traditions of our program since stepping on campus, and I'm very excited about what the future holds for them and our team. There is no question we are going to miss Fanny. What she has done on the golf course, in the class room and the way she has represented East Carolina the last four years, is what I hope all of our players strive to be like."

Skaug, who earned second-team honors as a freshman, finished tied for seventh at the 2014 C-USA Golf Championships posting her fourth Top-10 finish of the season. The Oslo, Norway native appeared in 10 events posting a team-best 73.57 stroke average, the second-lowest single average in school history. In all, she recorded seven Top-25 finishes with a season-best third place coming at the Old Waverly after her career-low round of 220. During her two-year career with the Pirates, Skaug owns a 74.16 stroke average, which ranks second all-time among Pirate golfers who have completed at least 50 rounds. Last week Skaug was one of three Pirates to earn C-USA All-Academic honors joining Wolte and Katie Kirk.



Spang, the only golfer in league history to be named Player and Freshman-of-the-Year in the same season in 2013, earned a repeat selection on the first-team after posting seven Top-20 performances in 10 events this season. The Kinna, Sweden native finished second on the squad with a 73.80 stroke average (third-lowest in school history) and recorded four Top-10 placements, including a sixth place finish at the Briar's Creek Invitational with a 54-hole score of 219. Spang currently holds the school-record for lowest career stroke average (73.64) among Pirates who have completed at least 50 rounds of play.

Wolte became just the second player in school history to earn four-straight all-conference honors joining former Pirate great Abby Bools (2007-10). The Graz, Austria native played in 10 events on the season posting a 74.60 stroke average, which ranked third on the team. She posted four Top-20 finishes and last week earned her third-straight C-USA All-Academic Team selection for excellence in the classroom.

ECU will compete in its seventh-straight NCAA Regional when it travels to Tallahassee, Fla. for the East Regional Championships May 8-10.

2014 All-C-USA Women's Golf Teams
Golfer-of-the-Year: Emily Penttila, Tulane

Freshman-of-the-Year: Camila Serrano, FIU
Most Improved Golfer: Silvia Garces, Tulane
Coach-of-the-Year: Lorne Don, Tulane

All-Conference USA First-Team

Nicoline Engstroem Skaug, East Carolina

Frida Gustafsson Spang, East Carolina
Gemma Dryburgh, Tulane

Emily Penttila, Tulane
Fabiola Arriaga, UTSA

All-Conference USA Second-Team

Fanny Wolte, East Carolina

Camila Serrano, FIU

Avery George, Middle Tennessee

 Silvia Garces, Tulane

Madison Opfer, Tulane

All-Conference USA Third-Team

Meghan MacLaren, FIU

Brandi Rodriguez, Southern Miss

 Belen Goicoechea, Tulane

Taylor Newlin, UTSA

Brogan Townend, UTSA