Jensen Castle Wins Second Carolinas Four-Ball Championship
ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The combination of Kentucky women’s golfer Jensen Castle and Wake Forest’s Rachel Kuehn has proven once again to be a winning one.
For the second consecutive season, the rising juniors partnered to win the Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball Championship in record-setting fashion. The duo teamed up to shoot 16-under par – tying their record from last season – to win the two-round, two-day tournament by three shots at Orangeburg Country Club in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Castle and Kuehn entered Wednesday’s round a shot off the lead at 7-under par, but they took ahold of the 20-team tournament with a 9-under-par 63 in the final round. Castle provided the score for 10 of Wednesday’s 18 holes, including the birdie on No. 18 to tie their 2020 record.
The four-ball format, also known as best ball, involves two-person teams where each player on the team plays their own ball throughout the round. The player with the lowest score on the hole (“best ball”) out of the two-person tandem serves as the team’s score.
Castle wasn’t the only Wildcat who medaled at the Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball Championship. Former UK player Jayne Pardue (formerly Lohr), who competed at UK from 1988-91, partnered with Kerry Rutan to win golf in the senior division. Pardus and Rutan won by four shots with a total score of 7-under par.
Castle has already had a memorable 2021 as a key member on Kentucky’s first NCAA Championship finals team in since 1992. There, in Scottsdale, Arizona, UK tied for 18th place and was within a few strokes of qualifying for the final round of stroke play after carding the best 54-hole score at the NCAA Championships final in the program’s sixth all-time appearance.
Two weeks later, Castle played in the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open against the game’s best golfers. She finished at 23-over par after qualifying for the world’s premier golf tournament at a sectional qualifier at Shannopin Country Club in Pittsburgh in May.
Castle was key to Kentucky’s success in 2020-21. She was third on the team with a 74.5 stroke average and two top-20 finishes. UK used 30 of Castle’s 33 rounds this past season towards the team score as the Wildcats went on to post the third-best scoring average in program history. In Castle’s freshman season, she made the All-Southeastern Conference First Team and set a single-season program record with a 71.88 strokes per round.
Castle has had other success in four-ball formats as well. Earlier this spring, she teamed up with fellow Wildcats Marissa Wenzler at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and made it to the quarterfinals of the match-play portion of the national tournament.
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