Women’s Golf Signs Three Standouts In Bettle, Kenkel & Rydman
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG women’s golf head coach Janell Howland announced the signings of three standouts in Tara Bettle (Hohen Neuendorf, Germany), Keri Kenkel (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Sara Rydman (Taby, Sweden) to national letters of intent Wednesday afternoon. Bettle, Kenkel and Rydman will all join the Spartans beginning in the 2017-18 season.
Bettle, a Berlin native, played at the Berliner Golf Club Stolper Heide from 2011-16. She placed second at the State Championship Niedersachsen U18 in 2016 and third at the State Championship U16 in 2015. She won the State Championship U16 in 2014. Additionally, she placed 24th overall in the German Ladies Championship in 2016 and 12th at the German Girls Championship U18 in 2016. She guided her team to a third place finish at the German Team Championship U18 in 2015 for the Berliner Golf Club Stolper Heide.
“We are excited to bring Tara to campus in the fall,” Howland said. “Her experiences and success in Europe will bring great competition to the team next year. We were up against a lot of great schools for Tara and happy she came home to us here at UNCG.”
Kenkel is a four-year letterwinner at Charlotte Catholic High School for coach Lou Stephenson. She was a two-time team captain and was the state runner-up in the 2016 4A State Championship individually. Her play helped the Cougars to a fourth place team finish in the state championship.
“Keri has been committed for a while and it's so great to be able to tell everyone,” Howland said. “Keri is a North Carolina standout and we are so excited she chose to join our family here. She will come in and make an immediate impact for our team.”
Rydman is a native of Stockholm, Sweden and plays at the Uilna Golf Club for the past five years. She won the first Skania Tour Riks at the Finspangs Golf Club with scores of 77-75-77. Her best international tournament finish came at the English Girls’ Open in Nottinghamshire, England, posting scores of 75-80-78-76 on the par-73 course. Her lowest tournament score at the Skania Tour Riks Linkoping with a 3-over par 147 (72-75).
“We are excited that Sara will join us in the fall,” Howland said. “Sara is a very steady player and will be the model of consistency for us in the future. We can’t wait to get her on campus in the fall.”
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