Pirates Finish Ninth In Final Fall Event
SAN ANTONIO, Texas Oct. 30, 2012 – East Carolina freshman Nicoline Engstroem Skaug carded a final round 74 (2-over) to finish in a five-way tie for fifth place at The Alamo Invitational Tuesday afternoon. The three-day, 54-hole event was being held at the par-72, 6,428 yard Briggs Ranch Golf Course.
Skaug, who entered Tuesday’s action in a tie for second, posted a 2-over 38 on the front nine, before closing out the back nine with an even par 36. She finished the event with a career-best 54-hole score of 213 recording 39 total pars, which ranked sixth in the 78-player field. The Oliso, Norway native also ranked among the tournament leaders in par-3 scoring (t3rd/3-under), par-4 scoring (t17th/2-under) and total birdies (t18th/9). Her three-day total of 213 is tied for the fourth-lowest tournament score in ECU history.
“Overall I thought we fought hard in a tough field,” said ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams. “I was really pleased with the way Nico played, but the rest of the team was too inconsistent and that hurt us. We were able to pick up wins against two top 50 teams including one over Tennessee, who was ranked No. 21 coming into the week.”
Junior Fanny Wolte (224) finished in a tie for 39th after a final round 5-over 77, while sophomore Katie Kirk (225) claimed a share of 41st following her 2-over 74. Freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang carded a 3-over 76 and sophomore Emily Eng posted a 1-over 73 to finish tied for 53rd with a tournament score of 228.
The Pirates, who started the day in seventh, posted a final round 9-over 297 finishing in ninth place with a three-day total of 883. Despite its up and down play over the weekend, ECU picked up a pair of wins over nationally-ranked Tennessee (No. 21) and Texas State (No. 41).
Ninth-ranked Oklahoma set a new tournament record with a 16-under 848 finishing eight shots ahead of No. 25 Texas A&M (856). Host UTSA (863) claimed a share of third with No. 43 Tulane, while No. 20 Baylor (874) rounded out the top five.
Tulane’s Maribel Lopez Porras won the overall title with a tournament record 7-under 209. After posting an opening round 68 on Sunday, she followed her stellar play with a 72 on Monday and fired a 2-under 69 finishing two strokes ahead of Baylor’s Lauren Taylor (211). A pair of Sooners (Kaitlyn Rohrback and Taylor Schmidt) claimed a share of third, while Anne Tanguay (Oklahoma), Natalie Reeves (Texas A&M), Hayley Davis (Baylor) and Madelene Sagstrom finished tied for fifth with Skaug.
The Pirates, who finished the fall with a 47-30 record and a pair of top five finishes, will be back in action on Feb. 10 when they participate in the UCF Challenge in Sorrento, Fla.