Kentucky womens golf concludes regular season at Clemson Invitational


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Kentucky womens golfer Laney Frye competes in the third round of the NCAA Championship finals at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Tim Cowie, provided by UK Athletics

Kalie Henderson, Contributor

Kentucky womens golf landed a fourth place finish at the Clemson Invitational at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, South Carolina, over the weekend.

Fending off several foes throughout the final round, the Wildcats produced another under-par round at their final event of the regular season.

Ivy Shepherd led the way for Kentucky, finishing 2-under-par 214.

The graduate transfer tied for eighth place, marking her first time this season finishing in the top 10.

Shepherd did not disappoint for her final round after collecting four birdies – her personal best this weekend.

Just in front of her, Laney Frye tied for fifth place with a 3-under-par 213 tournament total, marking her fifth appearance in the top 10 and her second appearance in the top five this season.

Frye also tied as the tournament leader with 13 birdies total.

Senior Marissa Wenzler collected three straight even-par rounds, with a 216 tournament total to finish sharing 19th place.

Her final round resembled her work the day before, collecting two birdies and two bogeys during the 18 holes.

This is her third-best tournament total of this season and of Wenzler’s career. It is also her second best finish of the season.

Maria Villanueva Aperribay was just as consistent, with a 1-over-par 73 Sunday for a 4-over-par 220, finishing in 33rd place.

Kentucky concludes its regular season with three top-three finishes and five top-five finishes.

The Wildcats finish with a 289.1 scoring average after 27 rounds, which is on track to breaking the single-season, scoring-average school record.

Kentucky will transition to the 2023 Southeastern Conference Championship at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Hoover, Alabama, which begins April 12.