Women's Golf Set for SoCon Championships
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG women’s golf is set to participate in the Southern Conference Championships in Hilton Head, South Carolina Sunday through Tuesday. The event will take place at the Moss Creek Golf Club South Course, a par 72.
The top team in the field is the eighth ranked Furman Paladins. Furman is looking for its fourth-straight title and have captured 16 of 24 SoCon titles. Last season, the Paladins won in decisive fashion, leading by 28 strokes to clinch the championship. The Spartans are currently second in the league with a 298.71 stroke average.
Freshman Tara Bettle and sophomore Louisa Tichy lead the Spartans into the tournament. Bettle is currently ranked 11th in the SoCon with a 75.04 strokes per round average. Her lowest round of the season was a 68 as she shot at the Jim West Challenge in the fall. She participated in just one round of the Bryan National last weekend, shooting a 77.
Tichy is 17th in the SoCon with a 76.00 strokes per round average. She shot a season-low 70 three different times, and twice during the Pinehurst Challenge.
Junior Natalia Asensio has been a consistent presence in the Spartan lineup. Asensio has participated in nine events this season. She was one of two players to finish out the Bryan National last weekend. She sits 37th in the SoCon with a 78.19 strokes per round average.
Freshman Keri Kenkel missed out on the Bryan National but will return to the lineup Sunday. Kenkel’s last appearance saw her play two rounds of the Henssler Intercollegiate before a minor injury prevented her from player the third and final round. Kenkel is 26th in the league with a 76.91 strokes per round average, with a season-high finish of 17th at the Starmount Forest Classic.
Newcomer Savanna Mackie will be participating in her first event this season. Mackie took a two year hiatus from the team after lettering during the 2015-16 season. She played 17 rounds in her redshirt freshman season and finished 27th in the SoCon Championships.