Oct. 9, 2012
Greenville, N.C. -
Final round action of the 2012 Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, hosted by East Carolina, has been cancelled due to unplayable conditions at the par-72, 6,004-yard Greenville Country Club. Torrential downpours on Monday forced officials to shorten the first day of the two-day event to just 18 holes while also leaving the course in poor playing condition on Tuesday.
"It's unfortunate that we had to cancel such a great event," said ECU head coach Kevin 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."
With the suspension of play after 18 of 36 scheduled holes on Monday, and the cancelling of Tuesday's final round, Western Carolina finishes tied for 19th place with High Point after carding 325 in the lone round played. It is the second event to be adversely affected by weather this season for WCU. The Great Smokies Intercollegiate was shortened to one day of competition, though all 36 holes were played back in mid-September.
WCU was paced by freshman Taylor Allison with a six-over par, 78, in a tie for 43rd overall, while classmate Mariah Hopkins was tied for 66th with an 81. Sophomores Maria Kjelldorff and Sofie Kvarnstrom both shot 83 to stand tied for 79th overall, while senior Michelle Bello was tied for 86th in the final standings after shooting 84 on Monday.
Maryland claims the 2012 team title for the third consecutive year with a 7-over par 295 in the rain-shortened event. 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 four-under par, 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.
Western Carolina concludes the fall portion of its 2012-13 schedule next week, Oct. 15-16, as it travels to the Wendy's Invitational, hosted by Charleston Southern at the Coosaw Creek Country Club in North Charleston, S.C.