After a weather delay on Monday, East Carolina University women’s golf team finished their shortened season opener in second place, making it the third time the team has finished top two in the program’s history.
The Pirates travelled to Woodbury, Minnesota over the weekend to compete in their sixth straight Minnesota Invitational on Monday and Tuesday against 15 other teams. The 54-hole tournament at Prestwick Golf Club was shortened to 36 holes after a weather delay Monday afternoon caused by lightning storms in the area. They finished the tournament with a combined score of 580 strokes, 4-over-par.
On day two of the tournament, ECU advanced four places in the standings from their sixth place finish after the first round. The team had a combined score of 286 strokes on Tuesday, which solidified their second place finish. Round one of the tournament saw the Pirates finish with 294 strokes, 6-over-par.
Senior golfer Siranon Shoomee tied for third overall in the individual scoring for ECU. Shoomee scored 70 in round one and 68 in round two giving her a career low finish. With a combined score of 138, six-under-par, Shoomee tied with University of Kentucky freshman golfer Jensen Castle.
ECU had another player finish in the top 10. Senior golfer Dorthea Forbrigd finished tied for seventh place with a score of 143, 1-under-par. Freshman golfer Caroline Hermes and junior golfer Kathryn Carson both finished with 150 strokes. Senior golfer Grace Yatawara rounded out the Pirates with a score of 151.
The University of Kentucky was the highest scoring team of the Minnesota Invitational, scoring 577, 1-over-par. San Jose State University, University of Louisville, and Virginia Technical University tied for third with 582 strokes to round out the top five team scores. The top individual scorer was University of Georgia freshman golfer Caterina Don with 135 strokes, 9-under-par.
The Pirates’ next tournament will be the Pirate Collegiate Classic here in Greenville, North Carolina on Sept. 23 and 24. Due to weather, last year’s home tournament was cancelled, but ECU has won the tournament in both 2016 and 2017.