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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s golf team is eight strokes out of the lead and sitting in ninth place in the 43-team field at the annual Kiawah Island Classic hosted by the College of Charleston at the Kiawah Island Resort. The Spartans will begin round two with an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start on the Oak Point Golf Course from holes No. 4-7. Live scoring will be available each day at www.golfstatresults.com.

The Spartans as a team posted an 8-over par 296 in the first round, sitting eight shots behind first round leader College of Charleston. UNCG is just three strokes out of fourth place in the field. Four golfers are tied for the individual lead at 3-under par 69 in Valentina Giraldo of Jacksonville State, Teresa Conroy of North Florida, Allison Olderding of William & Mary and Alexandra Batista of Stephen F. Austin.

“The team played really solid today,” head coach Janell Howland said. “A couple hiccups here and there but overall, we are happy with how it turned out. We are excited to play Oak Point tomorrow and see what we can do.”

Freshman Keri Kenkel (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) led the way for the Spartans with an even par 72, sitting in a tie for 19th place. Kenkel recorded 12 par scores to go along with three birdies and three bogeys.

“I am extremely happy with how I played today,” Kenkel said. “I was hitting my irons super solid and I made some really good putts. I am proud of the team for holding it together today in some really windy conditions. We are super excited to move up the leaderboard the next two days.”

Sophomore Louisa Tichy (Germering, Germany) and junior Natalia Asensio (Madrid, Spain/Cardenal Spinola) are tied for 41st place overall at 2-over par 74. Tichy posted 13 par scores, four bogeys and had an eagle-3 on the par-5 hole No. 18 as the highlight of her round. Asensio tallied 14 par scores, three bogeys and a birdie on hold No. 15 in her consistent round.

Sophomore Kendall Dobbins (Summerfield, N.C./Northern Guilford) posted a 4-over par 76 to sit in a tie for 83rd place overall with two birdies and 12 par scores. Freshman Tara Bettle (Hohen Neuendorf, Germany) rounded out the lineup with a 6-over par 78 and is in 123rd place in the field.

The Kiawah Island Classic is the largest collegiate golf event in the country, featuring 43 teams. Joining the Spartans in the field includes Bethune Cookman, Boston University, Bucknell, Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, East Tennessee State, Elon, Fairleigh Dickinson, Georgia Southern, Georgetown, Hampton, High Point, Indiana State, IUPUI, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Lipscomb, Longwood, Marshall, Navy, UNCW, Murray State, North Florida, Omaha, Presbyterian, Quinnipiac, Richmond, Samford, Sandhills Community College, SCAD, Stephen F. Austin, Stetson, St. John’s, South Dakota, Tennessee Tech, Towson, USC Upstate, UT Arlington, Western Carolina, Western Kentucky and William & Mary

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