In Palm Coast, Florida, on the final day of the American Athletic Conference Championships, the East Carolina University women’s golf team captured another top-five finish after finishing tied for second Tuesday afternoon.
The second place finish was the fourth top-five finish of the season, and the sixth top-10 finish for the Pirates. Head coach Kevin Williams was proud of the way his team played in the tournament.
“We were able to win the tournament, and that’s all we can ask for,” Williams said, “I’m really pleased with how we played in the final round and I thought the girls performed at high level, but we just fell short.”
Sophomore Dorthea Forbrigd came one playoff hole away from winning the tournament. After tying her career low with a third day score of five under par, 67, Forbrigd and Wichita State’s Taryn Torgerson were tied for first with a three day score of 211. Forbrigd lost the playoff hole, finishing runner-up as Torgerson finished with a birdie to win the tournament.
Forbrigd’s efforts this season were awarded yesterday, when she and teammate junior Carley Cox were named to the 2018 AAC All-Conference team. Cox finished in eleventh place with a combined round score of 222 and going six-over par. The two players continue the streak of ECU having at least one Pirate named to the all-conference team every year since joining the AAC in 2014. This is Forbrigd’s second accolade this year with her earning AAC Golfer-of-the-Month in September.
The Pirates moved into the top 50 teams in the nation according to Golfstat.com, sitting at no. 48. ECU started the match with a first-round score of five over par, 296, with freshman Kathryn Carson leading the team and the field at three-under, 69. The team finished the first day of play tied for third and five strokes back from tournament leader, the University of Houston.
The team had a shaky second day, as it shot 13-over par, 303, dropping the Pirates from third to fourth place. Forbrigd led the Pirates with a two-under par 70, the only under par round of the day. She finished the second day leading the tournament at even par, 144, one stroke ahead of Houston’s Megan Thotong.
Entering the final day of the AAC championships, ECU sat six strokes behind leader Houston, but played well, shooting a three under par 285, jumping into a tie for second. Forbrigd shot a career-low five-under par 67 to lead the Pirates.
The team will now wait until Wednesday, when the Pirates find out if they have been selected to participate in the NCAA Regionals. According to Williams, the team is still bitter after being the first team out last season, but he is confident in his team’s chances this year.
“I feel 100 percent sure we are going to get in the field,” Williams said, “We’re 48 in the country now, so I’m excited. The team has worked hard and we’ve played really well this year, so we’re all excited heading into the postseason.”
The playing field will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on the Golf Channel on Wednesday.