women's golf

Junior Catherine Ashworth follows through on a drive.

East Carolina University’s women’s golf team placed eighth out of 14 teams, when they traveled to Woodbury, Minnesota to compete in the Minnesota Invitational Monday and Tuesday.

The Pirates had a combined score of 860, 4-under par, while University of Southern California took first place with a score of 838, 26-under par. The Pirates opened with a combined score of 285 for the first and second rounds and then finished with 290 in the final round. Head coach Kevin Williams was proud of his team.

“I thought we played pretty well to be honest with you, it was a really strong field,” Williams said. “Any time you beat a lot of good teams it’s good for you.”

Some standouts in the tournament were USC’s Muni He and Purdue’s Inez Wanamarta earned co-individual honors both of which shot scores of 206, 10-under par. University of Louisville and the University of Southern California tied for the lowest combined individual round team scores shooting totals of 276.

Among the teams ECU beat were No. 9 University of Georgia and Brigham Young University, who was ranked in preseason the top 50 nationally at No. 32. These teams competed at the Prestwick Golf Club, covering 6,248 yards and where par for the course is a 72. The tournament started with an 18-hole shotgun, where they played 36 holes, or two rounds, the first day of the tournament. Williams said he was proud of the victories over preseason ranked No. 9 Bulldogs and No. 32 Cougars. However, he was surprised with where the team finished with its score being 5-under par.

“I thought the scores were fairly low,” Williams said. “I thought the golf course was maybe a little bit harder than how it played.”

In ECU’s eighth place finish, freshman Kathryn Carson marked a score of 211, 5-under par. This score in her first collegiate tournament earned her a tie for 10th place, this score of 211 is now tied for the ninth-lowest 54-hole total in women’s golf program history. Carson was also up on the tournament leaders list for par-3’s scoring, where she tied for third with 1-under. She also tied for third in eagles, shooting one and she tied for fifth in par-4 scoring with 4-under. Williams was pleased with Carson’s performance in her first collegiate tournament.

“Kathryn Carson gave us a big boost,” Williams said. “Her coming in as a new player and giving us the impact she gave us the first tournament was a big help to us.”

The next closest Pirate was junior Carley Cox, who shot a score of 215, 1-under par tying for 19th place overall. This was her second collegiate career top-20 finish as well as her lowest career round. The next two Pirates, sophomore Dorthea Forbrigd and senior Lisa Pettersson tied for 26 with scores of 217, shooting 1-over par. Pettersson shot a 68 in the opening round which puts her tied for the 18th lowest in program history, and was the lowest score for any of the Pirates in any of the three rounds. Williams was glad with Pettersson’s opening round score of 68, and was really excited over Cox’s overall performance.

“Carly pretty much started every event for us last year except for one or two,” Williams said. “She tied for 19th, and against the strength of this field that was huge.”

The Pirates’ final member competing was sophomore Grace Yatawara, who shot a 78 the first round, 76 for the second and a 75 for the final round. Yatawara’s three rounds combined for a score of 229, which was 13-over par and earned her a spot in the top-100 as she tied for 70.

ECU (6-7-0) will compete on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 when it hosts the Pirate Collegiate Classic at the Greenville Country Club. Williams hopes the team will reclaim its first place finish at the tournament. In preparation for the home tournament, Williams wants the team to practice at the Greenville Country Club course as much as they can before the tournament.

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