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GREENSBORO, N.C.- UNC Greensboro’s women’s golf team (303-300-296) was the biggest climber during the third round of the Pinehurst Challenge at Pinehurst Resort’s No. 6 course, jumping from ninth place to finish tied for fourth overall.

The fourth place finish comes just one week after the Spartans completed the Starmount Fall Classic in second place.

The Spartans sat in ninth place entering Tuesday morning’s play, but were able to jump ahead of Jacksonville, Georgia State, Richmond and William & Mary during the final 18 holes to finish tied with High Point at 899.

“After the first day we had to claw our way back up the leaderboard,” said Head Coach Janell Howland. “I’m so proud of the fight from the team today and how they were able to bounce back. We just need to learn to be ready round 1. There are a lot of good things going on with each of the them. So we will take the next couple weeks and get better at some other areas in order to get ready for our next event.” 

After finishing the Starmount Fall Classic with the tournament’s second-best score, sophomore Tara Bettle once again notched a top 10 finish (76-71-73) after completing the third round at one-over 73. Her 220 for the tournament tied her for eighth place.

“Today was a really solid day for me with 15 pars, two bogeys and one birdie,” Bettle said. “I am really happy about my second top 10 finish in a row and proud of the team that we kept fighting and were able to finish tied for fourth.”

Sophomore Keri Kenkel (74-78-73), meanwhile, tied for 25th place as she finished the third round at one-over 73 as well. She was par on 17 holes with her only boogey tallied on hole No. 11.

“Today was really solid golf,” said Kenkel. “I had 17 pars, which I think is a record for me. I’m proud of our team for fighting it out today and being able to get a top five finish.”

Senior Lexi Kershaw (76-76-75) finished tied for 31st place after her best round of the tournament came on Tuesday. She sandwiched a bogey on hole No. 14 with birdies on holes No. 13 and 15. They were two of three birdies on the afternoon for the Winston-Salem, N.C., native.

Junior Louisa Tichy (77-77-75) finished tied for 44th place as she also had her best performance of the tournament on Tuesday.

Freshman Hailey Joy (81-76-78) finished her third collegiate tournament tied for 64th place while sophomore Sara Rydman (82-82-86) finished tied for 87th place as she participated in individual play.

The Spartans will return to the course in two weeks, participating in the Palmetto Intercollegiate that will take place Oct. 21-23 at Kiawah Island Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C. 

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