After shooting rounds of 79 and 77 on Saturday, Natalia Asensio sits in a tie for 63rd at 12-over par.
After shooting rounds of 79 and 77 on Saturday, Natalia Asensio sits in a tie for 63rd at 12-over par.

Women’s Golf With Room to Make Up at Bryan National Collegiate 04-01-2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Facing an extremely deep and talented field, UNCG women’s golf has plenty of ground to make up if it hopes to climb up the leaderboard following Saturday’s action at the Bryan National Collegiate at the Bryan Park Champions Course.

Playing 36 holes after Friday’s action was washed out due to heavy rain, the Spartans shot a collective 640 on Saturday, 64 shots over par. UNCG fired a plus-39 327 in the first round and followed with a plus-25 313 in the second round. The Blue and Gold sit at the very back of the 18-team pack.

Alabama leads the field at minus-three, the only team to shoot below par on the day. Georgia is five shots off the pace at plus-two, while Baylor is close behind in third at plus-three.

Natalia Asensio (Madrid, Spain/Cardenal Spinola) leads the way for UNCG in a tie for 63rd after shooting 12 shots over par. Asensio’s lone birdie of the day came on the par-five third hole in the first round as the sophomore posted a seven-over 79. She followed with a five-bogey round two, registering a 77.

“I am happy with the way I fought both rounds,” said Asensio. “I hit some good shots onto the green and gave myself some quality chances. It was a long day but we’re ready for tomorrow.”

Kendall Dobbins (Summerfield, N.C./Northern Guilford) bounced back from a nine-over 81 in the first round with a five-over 77 in the second to tie for 74th-place. Lexi Kershaw (Winston-Salem, N.C./Catawba) put up a 10-over 82 in the first 18 holes and came back with a 79 in the second round. Kershaw is tied for 84th.

Kristin Powers (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) made some nice shots but struggled with consistency all day. She posted birdies on the 3rd and 17th holes in the first round but also recorded eight bogies and a triple-bogey for a nine-over 81. In the second round, a nine on the par-four second hole was a killer as Powers went 13 shots over par with an 85.

Louisa Tichy (Germering, Germany/Max-Born-Gymnasium Germering) only played the second round, firing six bogeys and a double-bogey for a plus-eight 80.

UNCG returns for the third and final round on Sunday at Bryan Park. The Bryan National Collegaite is scheduled for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Score updates are available via GolfStat.




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