MESA, Az. – The UNCG women’s golf team wrapped up its three-day trip to Mesa, Arizona, by finishing 11th in team standings at the Clover Cup, as teammates Natalia Asensio and Tara Bettle finished in a six-way tie for 20th in the event.
Asensio, who finished with a 10-over-par score of 226 (75-76-75), wrapped up the final round with 14 pars and one birdie, which came on the 18th green. Bettle, also responsible for a 10-over-par score of 226 (81-76-69), was three-under-par in the final round of play. She tallied 10 pars, four birdies and one eagle and climbed 29 spots on the leaderboard to move into the Top-20.
“I am glad I finally was back on top of my game today and that I was able to finish the tournament with a 69,” said Bettle of her final round. “I had lots of birdies today and also an eagle that helped my score. I’m proud of the team keeping up a good fight today and I am looking forward to our home tournament in two weeks.”
Alexis Kershaw shaved three strokes off her second-round score of 81 as she finished 22-over-par with a score of 238 (79-81-78) to place herself in a six-way tie for 61st. Teammate Keri Kenkel also made improvements in the final round of play, recording nine pars and three birdies as she closed in 68th with a three-round score of 240 (81-83-76).
The Spartans scorecard also included Sara Rydman, who also finished in 68th after posting a 24-over-par score of 240 (82-74-84). Rydman finished with eight pars and a birdie, which came on the seventh green, in Sunday’s third round.
UNCG’s Hailey Joy took part in the event as an individual, finishing in a tie for 75th after a 31-over-par score of 247 (89-82-76). Her third-round 76, which included a hole in one, was tied for the third-best score final round score of any Spartan on the Longbow Golf Club course.
Kentucky’s Leonie Bettle won the event after firing a two-under-par score of 214 (67-74-73), holding off Libby Winans (Oklahoma), Leonie Harm (Houston) and Jennifer Chang (Southern Cal) in the process.
Southern Cal took home the top team honors with a 12-over-par 876 (292-293-291), edging Houston by 16 strokes. UNCG finished with a three-day score of 921 (316-307-298), two shots behind Wisconsin in 10th (919) and five shots shy of Nebraska (916), who finished ninth.
The Spartans return to action in two weeks when they compete in the Bryan National, which is hosted at Bryan Park in Greensboro.