Spang wins American Women’s Golf Title; Pirates finish second

Day three of the American Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL on Tuesday April 19, 2016. (Ben Solomon/American Athletic Conference)

PALM COAST, Fla. – East Carolina senior Frida Gustafsson Spang fired a final round 5-under par 67 to finish at 1-under 215 and capture individual medalist honors at the 2016 American Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championships by one stroke over UCF’s Ashley Holder.

Spang becomes the third player in school history to claim conference individual medalist honors, joining Lene Krog and Nicoline Engstroem Skaug, who won individual Conference USA titles in 2006 and 2013, respectively. It is the seventh individual tournament victory of her career.

Spang was tied for the individual lead after 53 holes and then sank a birdie putt on the 18th green to win.  She birdied three of the final five holes Tuesday to complete her bogey-free round with five birdies. Spang led the field with 11 birdies during the championship.

“She played great,” ECU Head Coach Kevin Williams said. “I decided not to tell her where she stood on 18 and just let her play the hole. She had the right distance on her second shot and then sank an eight-foot putt.”

The Pirates began the day in third-place, but moved up one spot to claim runner-up honors with their final team score of 904 to finish 10 strokes behind team champion Houston. ECU closed the tournament with its best round, shooting 6-over 294. However, the Cougars were four strokes better Tuesday and held off the Pirates’ final round charge.

“Houston played exceptionally well,” Williams said. “I’m so proud of our team though. We dug deep on the last six holes and fought to earn second-place. You won’t to beat as many teams as you can and we finished ahead of seven.”

ECU senior Lisa Pettersson earned a tie for fifth-place by shooting a three-day total of 7-over 223. After firing a 7-over in round one, Pettersson shot par each of the final two days. She was 2-over on the day with four holes to play, but birdied holes 15 and 17 with pars on Nos. 16 and 18 to finish her day.

Rounding out the ECU scoring was Skaug, tied for 15th at 14-over 230 (76-74-80); Catherine Ashworth tied for 25th at 22-over 238 (83-78-77) and Kate Law in 33rd at 25-over 241 (85-78-78). 

 

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