Maryland Wins Rain Shortened Lady Pirate Intercollegiate
Final round action of the 2012 Lady Pirate Intercollegiate has been cancelled due to unplayable conditions head coach Kevin Williams announced Tuesday morning.
The two-day, 54-hole event, which was being played at the par-72, 6,004-yard Greenville Country Club, was reduced to an 18-hole tournament after torrential rain Monday afternoon that caused the cancellation of the final 36-holes.
”It’s unfortunate that we had to cancel such a great event,” said Williams. “But after examining the course this morning with Head Pro Brady Pinner and Superintendent Chris Parham, it was very obvious that playing the final round today was not an option.”
Sophomore Emily Eng led all Pirates finishing tied for 15th with a 2-over par 74. She started the first round on the first hole recording a par before posting a birdie on the par-4 second hole. She then carded seven-straight pars before a bogey on the ninth to finish the front nine at even par (36). On the back nine, she continued her stellar play with three more pars before bogeying three of her next four holes. At the par-4 No. 17, she posted her second birdie of the day and capped her round with her 12 par of the day for a 2-over 38.
Freshman Frida Gustafsson Spang posted a 3-over 75 (37-38), which included an eagle on the par-5 No. 9 to claim a share of 21st. Sophomore Katie Kirk (40-37) finished tied for 33rd with a 5-over 77, while junior Fanny Wolte (38-41-79) and freshman Nicoline Engstroem Skaug (39-41=80) round out the Pirates roster in a tie for 48th and 60th.
Playing as individuals for the Pirates (36-12) were true freshman Lane Gakeler and sophomore Devan Murphy. Gakeler, who participated in her second career event, finished tied for 33rd after a 5-over par round 77, while Murphy tied for 92nd with a 13-over par 85.
With the rain-shortened event, Maryland claims the 2012 team title for the third consecutive year with a 7-over par 295. The Terrapins and UNC Wilmington were tied after 18 holes, but due to the fifth player tie breaker rule, Jessica Gregory’s 11-over 83 won out for Maryland over Danielle Lamy’s 16-over 88. Old Dominion (301) finished third, followed by Elon (302), while No. 33 Coastal Carolina and Southern Miss finished in a tie for fifth at 303. Host East Carolina finished 10 strokes behind the leaders at 17-over (305).
The Terrapins become just the second school during the 12 year history of the event to win three-straight team titles following the Pirates from 2000-02.
Maryland's Juliet Vongphoumy claimed medalist honors with a 4-under 68 finishing two strokes ahead of Boston College’s Cristina McQuiston (70) and three strokes ahead of UNC Wilmington’s Lori Beth Adams (71). Eight golfers finished tied for fourth at even par and were named to the all-tournament squad (top five finishers including ties). A year ago, Vongphoumy finished in a tie four-way tie for second place at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate.
The Pirates will take a break from action for three weeks before returning to the course on Oct. 28 when they travel to San Antonio, Texas to participate in the Alamo Invitational at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course.
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