Pirates In Second With 18 Holes Remaining
GULF SHORES, Ala. April 23, 2013 – Freshman Nicoline Engstroem Skaug posted a 3-over 75 on day two of the 2013 Conference USA Women’s Golf Championships and is tied for first with 18 holes remaining. The three-day, 54-hole event is being held at the par-72, 6-162-yard Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club.
After carding a 2-under 70 on day one of the event, which consisted of four birdies, Engstroem Skaug (145) managed just two birdies on the front nine with three bogey’s for a 37. She rebounded on the back nine recording seven pars and two bogeys for a 38. Tulane’s Madison Opfer also has a two-day total of 145 after her round of 1-under 71.
Fellow classmate Frida Gustafsson Spang (146) sits one shot off the lead after a 4-over 76 and is tied for third place with Tulane’s Emily Penttila. Gustafsson Spang recorded one birdie (sixth hole) and five bogeys dropping from a share of first place on Monday.
Junior Fanny Wolte (149) is tied for eighth place after a 3-over 75 and stands just four strokes off the lead. Sophomore Katie Kirk (158) is tied for 34th, while classmate Emily Eng (160) is tied for 37th.
No. 20 Tulane extended its lead to 12 strokes of No. 48 East Carolina after posting a 295 during day two of the championships. The Green Wave’s Madison Opfer shares the lead with Engstroem Skaug at 1-over par after 36 holes.
Opfer shot the low round Tuesday, carding a 1-under 71 to pace four Green Wave golfers in the top six. Opfer is joined by Emily Penttila (2-over, t3rd), Silvia Garces (3-over, fifth) and Gemma Dryburgh (4-over, t6th) on the leaderboard.
Tulane and East Carolina have seven of the nine players, including ties, among the top eight individuals after two rounds. Tulsa’s Antonia Von Wnuck and Old Dominion’s Samantha Worrell are tied for sixth and eighth place, respectively.
No. 44 UCF sits in third place with a pair of golfers tied for 10th place in Robyn Doig and Monifa Sealy, while No. 33 SMU holds fourth place, five shots behind UCF.
The first groups in Wednesday’s final round will tee off at 7:45 a.m. CDT. SMU, Tulsa and UTEP will start on hole No. 1, with Tulane, East Carolina and UCF following off the No. 1 tee at 8:35 a.m. Memphis, Southern Miss and Old Dominion will begin on No. 10 at 7:45 a.m., while UAB and Marshall will go off No. 10 at 8:35 a.m.
The winner of the C-USA Championship will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.