Freshman Sets School Record With 54-Hole Score of 206
GREENSBORO, N.C. - East Carolina freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang fired a 1-under par 70 during final round action Tuesday and claimed her first collegiate tournament title posting a school record 7-under par 206 at the UNCG Starmount Forest Tournament.
The Kinna, Sweden native collected three birdies on the afternoon and became the ninth individual in school history to claim medalist honors. During two-days of work, Gustafsson Spang tallied a tournament-best 13 birdies and led the field in par-4 scoring (4-under) and par-5 scoring (6-under).
Sophomore Emily Eng (220/ 7-over) finished tied for ninth after her even round of 71 (37-34) during final round play. Fellow classmate Katie Kirk (227/ 14-over) claimed a share of 30th place, while junior Fanny Wolte (228/ 15-over) tied for 35th place with a 6-over 77. Redshirt sophomore Faith Hardison withdrew from the field Monday after suffering a wrist injury. True freshman Lane Gakeler finished 85th with a 54-hole score of 263 in her first collegiate event as an individual.
East Tennessee State won the tournament by an impressive 24 strokes as the Buccaneers fired an even-par 852 (287-283-282). ETSU had four players finish in the top six of the tournament in Sian Evans (2), Gabriella Wahl (4), Chloe Garner (5) and Lourdes Lopez (6). Defending Starmount champion Maryland finished second with a three-round score of 876 (287-291-298), led by Juliet Vongphoumy finished third with a 213 (71-69-73).
No. 20 East Carolina, a three-time winner at the UNCG Starmount, took third after posting a two-day score of 881 (296-293-292) finishing seven strokes ahead of No. 17 Campbell.
The Pirates (24-5) will be back in action next Monday, Oct. 8 when they play host to the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate at the Greenville Country Club.