GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina claimed its first Conference USA Women's Golf Championship on Tuesday carding a three-round total of 887 to win by 10 strokes at the Par 72, 6,216-yard Ironwood Golf Course. Freshman Lene Krog became the Pirates' first individual C-USA champion as she carded a 54-hole of 216 to win by one stroke over SMU's Jennifer Ackerson.
The victory gives the Pirates an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals at a site to be later determined which is scheduled to begin May 4.
Krug was also named the C-USA Freshman of the Year and named first-team all-conference as voted upon by the league's nine head coaches. Heidi Helliesen was voted third team all-conference and finished ninth at the championship with a seven-over par 223.
'I knew we had the potential to win today,' said first-year Pirate head coach Kim Lewellen. 'I'm so proud of the way we competed this afternoon. We were able to make some tough shots down the stretch and put ourselves in position to win.'
The Pirates held a four-stroke lead over Tulsa entering the final round and improved its lead by six strokes.
ECU finished 23-over par, 887, followed by SMU (897), Tulsa and UCF (902), UTEP (907), Memphis (919), Southern Miss (948), Marshall and UAB (958).
Finishing with a third round-low total of 70, two-under par, Krog completed the 54-hole tournament with a par score of 216 (74-72-70). Krog birdie five holes during the final round and recorded the second-most birdies in the field, 11. Only Ackerson made more birdie putts and finished with a tournament-best 13 birdies.
'Lene is an incredible golfer,' state Lewellen. 'I knew she was capable of having a great round today. She was able to make some long putts and hit her driver really well to keep pace with an outstanding player [Ackerson].'
All five of ECU's players finished in the top 20, including four among the top 16.
After shooting one-under par Monday, sophomore Emelie Lind completed the tournament with a nine-over par, 225, in 11th place.
Senior Jamie Quinn finished the tournament tied for 16th with a 14-over par, 230. Junior Jessica Hauser carded a one-over par 73 Tuesday, improving by nine strokes from her previous round to finish tied for 20th with a 54-hole total of 231, 15-over par.
As a team, ECU totaled 11 birdies in the final round and finished with a tournament-best 36 birdies. ECU also pared the most holes of any team, finishing with 172.