Freshman Kendall Dobbins posted the Spartans' low round Tuesday with a 6-over par 78.
Freshman Kendall Dobbins posted the Spartans' low round Tuesday with a 6-over par 78.
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Women's Golf Closes Out Brickyard Collegiate In 15th Place

UNCGSpartans.com 04-11-2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women's golf team closed out the Brickyard Collegiate Tuesday in 15th place overall at the two-day event hosted by Mercer at The Brickyard Golf Club. The event is the Spartans' final tune-up prior to the Southern Conference Championships April 23-25 at the Country Club of Lexington in Lexington, S.C.

“The last few weeks we have been battling injuries and illness as a team,” head coach Janell Howland said. “This team has done nothing but fight through the adversity. We are looking forward to having a little time to rest and hopefully get healthy in time for the conference tournament.”

The Spartans finished the tournament with a 98-over par 962, posting rounds of 312-325-325. UNCG played the final two rounds without junior Lexi Kershaw (Winston-Salem, N.C./Catawba), who was forced to withdraw due to illness after posting a 4-over par 76 in round one.

“As a coach, it is never an easy decision to pull a player from a tournament,” Howland said. “They are competitors and want to play, but the health of these student-athletes is most important thing to me. I am hopeful that we will be rested and healthy in time for SoCon Championships.”

No. 9 Furman won the event with a 15-over par 879 (293-291-298), winning by four strokes over No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 42 Augusta at 19-over par 883. Haylee Harford of Furman and Loy Hee Ying of ETSU tied for the individual honors at 3-under par 213.

Senior Kristin Powers (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) was the Spartans' top finisher in 60th place overall with a 24-over par 240. Powers opened her weekend with an 82 in round one before posting her top round of the event with a 5-over par 77 in round two. She closed out the week with a 9-over par 81 Tuesday.

Freshman Louisa Tichy (Germering, Germany/Max-Born Gymnasium) was two stroke back in 66th place at 26-over par 242. Tichy opened her week with a 3-over par 75, the Spartans' lowest round at The Brickyard Collegiate. She followed that up with an 82 in round two and an 85 in round three.

Sophomore Natalia Asensio (Madrid, Spain/Cardenal Spinola) finished in 67th place at 27-over par 243. Asensio opened with her best round at 7-over par 79 in round one before posting rounds of 83-81 to close out the event.

Freshman Kendall Dobbins (Summerfield, N.C./Northern Guilford) carded the Spartans' low round Tuesday with a 6-over par 78 to help her finish in 68th place with a 30-over par 246. She posted nine par scores and two birdies in the final round. She opened the week with rounds of 85 and 83. Senior Emily Kurey (Alpharetta, Ga./Louisville) played in her final rounds of her career this week and finished in 83rd place as an individual. Kurey posted a 60-over par 276 with rounds of 89-91-96.

Joining the Spartans in the 15-team field includes No. 9 Furman, No. 21 Texas A&M, No. 42 Augusta, No. 56 Maryland, No. 59 Old Dominion, No. 75 ETSU, No. 82 Chattanooga, No. 86 Kennesaw State, No. 89 Troy, No. 90 Middle Tennessee, No. 93 Mercer, Jacksonville, North Florida and Samford.

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