The East Carolina University women’s golf team wrapped up its season on Wednesday on a low note as the team did not finish at the NCAA Austin Regionals due to sickness. The team did not have the four finishers required to place.
The team started play on May 7, and finished the first round of play tied for 12th. Sophomore Dorthea Forbrigd led the Pirates with a score of one over par 73, and freshman Kathryn Carson finished one stroke behind with a score of 74. The team was tied with the University of Oklahoma with a one day score of 299.
The Pirates were hit by illness after the first round, as Forbrigd, junior Kate Law and senior Lisa Pettersson were forced to sit out the second round of play. Carson and junior Carley Cox were the lone Pirates to compete in the second round, eliminating the team from advancing. Cox finished with a two over par 74, while Carson carded a six over 78.
Forbrigd and Pettersson joined Carson and Cox on Wednesday to play the final round, although Law did not return to play. Carson led the team in the third round with a two over par 74, finishing with a three-day total of 10 over par 226. Cox was the only other Pirate to play all three rounds of the tournament, shooting a five over par 77 in the final round, and finishing the tournament with a score of 11 over par 227.
Although the Pirates’ season came to a disappointing end, head coach Kevin Williams said he is proud of the team’s effort and play this year.
“I thought we really had a great year,” Williams said, “Heading into the regionals I was really excited for this team. I thought this was a really powerful team. We had a lot of confidence heading into this tournament, but we got hit with that virus that got over 30 people at this regional. We really had a great year, and I’m really proud of these girls.”
Although their season ended sooner than they had hoped, the Pirates had strong year. The team notched three top five finishes, and five top 10 finishes this season, including a second-place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships.
The season also saw Forbrigd and Cox named to the AAC all-conference team, and Carson named the Conference freshman of the year.
The Pirates are poised for success moving forward, as four of the five starters will return. Williams said he is excited to see what the future holds for these young players.
“I am excited to see what next year holds,” Williams said, “We’re excited to see what we can do next year, and I feel good about our chances next season.”