ECU Women’s Golf Wins Third Pinehurst Challenge

The ECU women’s golf team set a 54-hole school record with a 5-under 847 to win its third straight Pinehurst Challenge title.

PINEHURST — Carley Cox and Dorthea Forbrigd each carded career-low, three-round totals of 5-under as the ECU women’s golf team posted a school-record 54-hole score of 847 to capture its second-straight team title of the season and third consecutive at the Pinehurst Challenge.

The Pirates posted rounds of 289-277-281 to finish at 17-under and eclipse the previous 54-hole program scoring record of 857 set at the 2015-16 Pinehurst Challenge. The team title was the 31st in school history and marks the eighth time that ECU has won multiple titles in the same season, including the third straight season with at least two titles.

Also all five golfers shot par or better for the first time in program history.

Carley Cox shot a first-round 68 on the way to a career-low 5-under total and a share for fifth place.

“Very excited to have three-peated at Pinehurst,” ECU head coach Kevin Williams said. “The Putter Boy trophy that they give away to the team champion is an iconic symbol of golf in North Carolina and really around the world, so any time that you win a Putter Boy trophy, it’s something special, and we are really excited to take it home once again.

“Obviously excited about setting a new school record shooting 17-under par, but the thing that stood out the most is that we had all five players shoot par or better, which is the first time we have accomplished that as a team,” Williams said. “I really like this group. We are deep, talented and excited to head over to Louisville and try to improve on how we played last year.”

The Pirates (40-7-0) will compete in the Cardinal Cup, hosted by Louisville at the UofL Golf Club, on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.

ECU staged a big rally after a 1-over par first round and standing fourth among 19 teams, five shots behind North Florida and four behind Maryland and Coastal Carolina. The Pirates shot a sizzling 11-under second round — the lowest 18-hole score in school history — then posted a 7-under closing round on Tuesday.

Coastal Carolina finished eight shots back at 9-under, followed by Old Dominion at 5-under and Maryland at 1-under. North Florida was fifth at 4-over.

Dorthea Forbrigd carded a career-low 5-under-par for the 54-hole tournament and shared fifth with teammate Carley Cox.

Valetina Geraldo of Jacksonville State seized the individual title after rounds of 68-68-72 to finish at 8-underr, one shot ahead of Melene Krolboll Hansen of Coastal Carolina. Michelle Forsland of Jacksonville and Alix Lowe of Towson shared third at 6-under, followed by Cox and Forbrigd.

Cox was among seven players tied at 4-under 68 after one round, then closed with an even-par 72 and 1-under 71 for her second-straight top five finish and third Top 20 finish of the year.

Forbrigd, who won the Pirate Collegiate Classic in a playoff with teammate Kate Law, started with an even-par 72 and finished strong with a 2-under 70 and 3-under 69.

Lisa Pettersson tied for 12th at 2-under 214 after a final-round 69. Law, who posted a 4-under 68 in the second round, tied for 19th at 1-under 215. Kathryn Carson, who had a 3-under 69 in the second round, tied for 22nd at even par.

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