Lady Pirate Golfers Win Pinehurst Challenge

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PINEHURST, N.C. - The nationally-ranked No. 19 East Carolina women’s golf team won its school-record fifth consecutive tournament Tuesday afternoon after carding a tournament record 295 in final round action at the Pinehurst Challenge. The event was being played at the par-72, 5,958-yard No. 8 Pinehurst Golf Course.

The Pirates (89-14-0) have won 6-of-7 events played this season and turned a two-shot deficit into a 10-shot win over second place East Tennessee State (920). Augusta State (924) took home third place honors, while there was a three-way tie for fourth between Georgia State, Oregon State and UNC-Greensboro at 927.

”I am really excited about the outcome this week,” said Head Coach Kevin Williams. “For us to keep our poise, even though we didn’t play too well, throughout the tournament shows a lot about this team's character.”

Emelie Lind finished second with a 54-hole score of 221 (75-74-72) just four strokes behind individual medalist winner Steffi Kirchmayr (217) from host school College of Charleston. Ana Maria Puche claimed a top-10 placement with her share of seventh place after carding a 227 (78-76-73), while Colleen Estes (231) tied for 23rd, Amber Littman (233) shared 28th place and Abby Bools (239) tied for 54th.

Emma deGroot (Tennessee-Chattanooga) finished third with a score of 223, while Laura Jansone (ETSU) and Martha Burkard (Oregon State) tied for fourth place.

The Lady Pirates will be back on the links March 29-30 when they travel to Tucson, Ariz. to participate in the Mountainview Collegiate