The East Carolina University women’s golf team will be led by new head coach C.C. Buford in the 2019-2020 season.
On Sept. 10, the Pirates will tee off in Woodbury, Minnesota for their season opener at Prestwick Golf Club. The Minnesota Invitational is the first of nine tournaments to be played before the regional championship in May.
Over the summer it was announced that Buford would be taking over for Kevin Williams this fall. Buford joins ECU after a two-year stint as assistant head coach of Campbell University’s women’s golf team. At Campbell, she helped lead the team to back-to-back Big South Conference championships. In a press release earlier this summer ECU’s Athletic Director Jon Gilbert described Buford as a natural leader with competitive passion for excellence and an appreciation for the student athletes.
"We are thrilled to welcome C.C. Buford to ECU and the Pirate Family," Gilbert said in a press release. "She is truly a rising star in the coaching profession and has all the tools to lay the groundwork for a successful future for our women's golf program.”
Buford, along with assistant coach Robbie Fields, will have three experienced seniors on their team this season. Senior golfers Grace Yatawara, Siranon Shoome and Dorthea Forbridg continue their collegiate careers this season. Yatawara will come into this season with an 2018-2019 scoring average of 76.3. Shoome will start the season with a 75.19 average, and Forbridg an average of 72.48.
"I'm really honored to join the Pirates' golf program and build upon the tradition that Coach Williams established at ECU," Buford said in a press release. “Having seen so many of the returners compete, I know there is a strong foundation to continue the pursuit of championships.”
The second match scheduled for the 2019-2020 season will be the Pirate Collegiate Classic, hosted at Greenville Country Club. Due to unfortunate weather conditions the Pirate Collegiate Classic was cancelled last September, which stunted the team’s momentum early in the season.
Perhaps a result, the team finished in last place in the Illinois Women’s Invitational after nearly one month out of competition. This season, the home tournament is scheduled for Sept. 24.
“Missing our home tournament just kind of stunted our momentum,” former head coach Kevin Williams said in a previous interview. “We went almost a month without playing. We go to Illinois and we just don’t play good and we finished last. That’s only the second time in the history of the program that we have ever finished last in a tournament.”
The ladies’ fall season will consist of five tournaments, with the first being in Minnesota where the Pirates placed fourth of 15 teams with a combined score of 874 during the 2018-2019 season. Later this fall, the Pirates will head back to Louisville, Kentucky for the Cardinal Cup where they had another fourth place finish last fall with a combined score of 903.
East Carolina Women’s Golf season will tee off in Minnesota on Sept. 10.