GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s golf team sits in 14th place in the 43-team field after 36-holes at the annual Kiawah Island Classic hosted by the College of Charleston at the Kiawah Island Resort. The Spartans will begin the third and final round with an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start on the Osprey Point Golf Course from holes No. 10-13. Live scoring will be available each day at www.golfstatresults.com.
The Spartans as a team posted a 12-over par 300 in the second round and is 20-over par 596 after the first two rounds. Host College of Charleston has taken a commanding lead at 9-under par 567, leading Murray State by 11 strokes. Valentina Giraldo of Jacksonville State holds the overall lead at 7-under par 137 (69-68) leading Victoria Husky of the College of Charleston by one stroke.
“Today we struggled to get comfortable,” head coach Janell Howland said. “We are working on learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable. We will continue to work on that tomorrow and when we get home. We are excited to play Osprey Point tomorrow and have a chance to move up the leaderboard, seeing what we can do.”
Freshman Keri Kenkel (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) is tied for 38th overall at 3-over par 147. Kenkel opened with an even-par 72 in round one before carding a 3-over par 75 in round two. She had an up-and-down round but posted eight par scores and four birdies.
“I felt like I really played better than my score today,” Kenkel said. “I hit the ball great again today, I just didn’t get a few putts to fall when I needed to but I am super excited to get back out there tomorrow. As a team, we had a good practice after the round and we are ready to come out and bounce back tomorrow.
Freshman Tara Bettle (Hohen Neuendorf, Germany) rebounded from a tough first round to fire an even-par 72 in round two. Bettle is tied for 74th place overall at 6-over par 150 (78-72). She recorded 12 par scores to go along with four birdies and four bogeys Monday.
“After a rough start to the tournament yesterday, I did some good post-round work and I finally found my swing again,” Bettle said. “I was able to play a really solid 72 today. Besides my 12 pars, I was able to make three birdies to compensate for my bogeys. I hope as a team we can keep up the fight and move up some spots tomorrow.”
Sophomore Louisa Tichy (Germering, Germany) is tied for 82nd overall at 7-over par 151. Tichy posted a 2-over par 74 in round one before coming in at 5-over par 77 in round two. She tallied a team-high 14 par scores in the round Monday.
Sophomore Kendall Dobbins (Summerfield, N.C./Northern Guilford) moved up to 91st place with her second-straight 4-over par 76. Dobbins sits at 8-over par 152 after the first two rounds. Junior Natalia Asensio (Madrid, Spain/Cardenal Spinola) rounds out the lineup in 104th place with a 9-over par 153 (74-79).
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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