Tara Bettle rebounded to jump 15 spots from the first to second round on the first day of the Henssler Intercollegiate
Tara Bettle rebounded to jump 15 spots from the first to second round on the first day of the Henssler Intercollegiate
Courtesy: Photo Courtesy of Tim Cowie

Women's Golf Finishes Day One of the Henssler Intercollegiate

UNCGSpartans.com 03-26-2018

KENNESSAW, Ga. – Women’s golf competed in the 11-team Henssler Intercollegiate at Pinetree Country Club in Kennessaw Monday. Two Spartans finished tied for 43rd and another tied for 46th, led by Tara Bettle. The Spartans are currently in 11th place with the final round beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m. Kent State leads the 11-team field, shooting 11-over par. Kent State’s Pimnipa Panthong leads the individuals, shooting three-under par 144.

“It was a rough day for us today.” Head coach Janell Howland said, “We are battling some adversity but we will learn from it and become stronger. I’m looking forward to seeing our finish tomorrow.”

Bettle shot an 86 in the first round before rebounding to shoot two-over par 72 in the second round. Her second round performance moved her up 15 spots to 43rd. Bettle finished the day with 20 pars and three birdies.

“After my very rough start on the first 18 holes, I am really happy I could end with a 74 on the day in some tough conditions.” Bettle said, “Because of two injuries to the team at the moment, we just hope we can all learn from this experience and be back as a healthy team for the conference tournament in two weeks and perform our best out there.”

Keri Kenkel shot a combined seven-over par in the first two rounds to tie with her teammate for 43rd. On day one, she finished the day with three birdies and 16 pars. Two birdies came in the front nine of the second round.

Louisa Tichy was right on Kenkel and Bettle’s heels, shooting eight-over par and tying for 46th. Tichy added three birdies, two in the first round, and 17 pars on the first day.

Natalia Asensio rounded out the scoring, placing tied for 54th. Asensio shot 12-over par on the day. The junior earned a pair of birdies and 18 pars on the day.

Sophomore Kendall Dobbins withdrew from the competition before play began.

The Spartans return to the links tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. for the final round of the Henssler Intercollegiate

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