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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A pair of rookie standouts have received All-Southern Conference accolades for their performance during the 2017-18 season. Tara Bettle not only received SoCon All-Freshman honors, but was named the Southern Conference’s Freshman of the Year this season. Keri Kenkel joined her on the SoCon All-Freshman team for her performance this season.

Bettle is the fourth player in UNCG women’s golf history to be named Freshman of the Year and the first since the 2012 campaign. She led UNCG with a 75.61 stroke average and her best performance came at the Starmount Forest Fall Classic, where she posted a 7-over 223 to tie for ninth place overall.

Kenkel was one of six rookies to earn the Freshman All-SoCon honors. In 26 rounds this season, Kenkel shot an average of 77.08 strokes per and finished tied for 13th at the SoCon Championships at Hilton Head. At the Pinehurst Challenge, the rookie shot a 4-over 220 for her best score of the season.

“I’m so proud of Tara and Keri for making the All-Freshman team.” Head coach Janell Howland said, “They worked relaly hard this year. They came in and pushed each other and their hard work paid off. Tara came in and made an impact on the team. She was determined from day one and it showed in her year. She is so deserving of Freshman of the Year and I couldn’t be more proud.”

2018 All-Southern Conference team

Loy Hee Ying, Jr., ETSU

Jacqueline Bendrick, Sr., Furman

Alice Chen, Sr., Furman

Haylee Harford, Jr., Furman

Reona Hirai, Sr., Furman

Natalie Srinivasan, So., Furman

Terese Romeo, Jr., Mercer

Payton Schanen, Jr., Mercer

Cristina Perez, Sr., Chattanooga

Monica San Juan, Jr., Chattanooga

2018 Southern Conference All-Freshman team (Six players due to a tie in voting)

Tereza Melecka, ETSU

Kornbongkoat Sararat, ETSU

Madison Moosa, Furman

Jodee Tindal, Mercer

Tara Bettle, UNCG

Keri Kenkel, UNCG

2018 Player of the Year

Natalie Srinivasan, So., Furman

2018 Freshman of the Year

Tara Bettle, UNCG

2018 Coach of the Year

Jeff Hull, Furman