Women’s Golf Posts Best Round Since 2013 To Close Out Kiawah Island Classic
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women’s golf team carded its best round since 2013, a string of 70 rounds of golf, as the Spartans fired a 298 score in the third and final round of the Kiawah Island Classic Tuesday. The Spartans climb up seven spots in the team standings on the last day, moving into 24th place overall in the 43-team field.
The Spartans finished the three-day, 54-hole event with a 63-over par 927. UNCG improved its team score each day, opening with a 323 in round one, trimming 17 strokes off in round two to 306 and improving eight strokes in round three. The 298 score is the lowest for the Spartans since notching a 297 in the third and final round of the Southern Conference Tournament April 16, 2013.
Junior Lexi Kershaw (Winston-Salem, N.C./Catawba) highlighted the Spartans’ day, posting a career-best 2-under par 70. Kershaw jumped 12 spots in the standings into 24th place overall with a 4-over par 220. Her 54-hole score of 220 is always a career-best. She opened the week with a 6-over par 78 before posting an even-par 72 Monday and a 2-under par 70 Tuesday. She notched eight pars, three bogeys and five birdies on holes No. 4, 8, 12, 15 and 17.
“Today was another really good day,” Kershaw said. “I kept the ball in front of me and gave myself a lot of chances for birdie. We had a good last day and I am excited to see what we can do this semester.”
Freshmen Kendall Dobbins (Summerfield, N.C./Northern Guilford) moved up 39 spots in the final standings into a tie for 126th place overall. Dobbins finished with a 19-under par 235 score, turning in her best round of the week Tuesday with a 1-over par 73. She led the team with 12 par scores in round three to go along with four bogeys and three birdies on holes No. 3, 4 and 18.
“It was nice to come back with a good score today after struggling recently with an injury,” Dobbins said. “I was positioning myself well off the tee, allowing me to get the ball close and make a few birdies. I am excited to see what the rest of the season brings.”
Freshman Louisa Tichy (Germering, Germany/Max-Born Gymnasium) tied her career-best round with a 2-over par 74 Tuesday. Tichy’s play helped her move up to 131st place overall with a 20-over par 236. She opened with rounds of 85 and 77 before notching a 74 in round three. She recorded 12 par scores, including closing the round with pars on the final seven holes of the day.
“It felt good to come back with a low round after struggling on the same course in our first round Friday,” Tichy said. “I had a good feel for the greens, which helped me shoot a good score. We had a great last tournament day as a team and I am looking forward to an exciting spring season.”
Sophomore Natalia Asensio (Madrid, Spain/Cardenal Spinola) finished in a tie for 153rd place overall with a 23-over par 239. Asensio posted rounds of 81-77-81, including 10 par sores. Senior Kristin Powers (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) rounded out the lineup in a tie for 185th place with a 28-over par 244 (82-81-81). Senior Emily Kurey (Alpharetta, Ga./Louisville) played as an individual and finished with a 270 score (93-91-86) in 228th place.
Coastal Carolina won the team portion of the event with a 6-over par 870 (289-295-286), winning by one stroke over host College of Charleston. Laura Fuenfstueck of CofC was the individual honors with an 8-over par 208 (70-68-870).
Joining the Spartans in the field includes Bethune-Cookman, Boston University, Bucknell, Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Delaware, East Tennessee State, Elon, Fairleigh Dickinson, Georgia Southern, High Point, Hampton, Hofstra, Indiana State, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, James Madison, Lipscomb, Longwood, Loyola Chicago, Marshall, Murray State, North Florida, UNC Asheville, Omaha, Oral Roberts, Presbyterian, Richmond, Samford, SCAD, South Alabama, Southern Miss, St. John’s, Stetson, Tennessee Tech, Towson, USC Upstate, William & Mary and Wofford