Golfing Duo Set To Play In Spirit International Amateur Championship

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Nicoline Engstroem Skaug
Sophomore Nicoline Engstroem Skaug

Oct. 29, 2013

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina sophomores Nicoline Engstroem Skaug and Frida Gustafsson Spang have been selected to participate in the 2013 Spirit International Amateur Championship, which will begin Wednesday Oct. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 2 in Trinity, Texas. The four-day event, which features the world's best amateur men and women golfers from 20 countries, will be played at the Whispering Pines Golf Club.

Engstroem Skaug will represent her home country of Norway, while Gustafsson Spang will play for Sweden. Established in 2001, The Spirit is a biennial event that alternates tournament years with the World Amateur Team Championships, where in 2012 Engstroem Skaug was a member of the 2012 Norwegian National Team in Antalya, Turkey.

"We are very proud of Nicoline and Frida for representing their respective countries in this prestigious International competition," ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams said. "With golf as an Olympic sport now, this is a positive step in the direction for both young ladies to realize a goal of representing their countries in the Olympic games."

Engstroem Skaug, who earned Second-Team All-Conference USA honors and became the second player in school history to win the C-USA Individual Championship in 2013, appeared in all four events this fall posting a team-best 73.75 stroke average. She claimed a pair of top-5 finishes placing third at the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational with a career-low score of 210 (6-under) and share of fifth at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate.



Gustafsson Spang has followed her record-breaking freshman campaign, where she became the first golfer in league history to take home Player and Freshman-of-the-Year accolades in the same season, posting a 74.33 stroke average during the fall season. She posted three top-20 finishes during the first half of the year pushing her career total to nine in 16 events.

The Pirates (42-9) will return to action in early February (9-11) when they travel to Orlando, Fla. to participate in the UCF Challenge.