CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (UK ATHLETICS) – Kentucky women’s golf team tied for fifth place at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational. Their second top-five finish for the first time since the 2019-20 season.

Kentucky closed the 54-hole tournament with a 1-over-par 289 on Sunday at UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Two Wildcats posted under-par rounds and all three Kentucky team scorecards (284-290-289) were within six strokes of one another.

The Wildcats turned in seven individual rounds of par or better in Chapel Hill, two each by Kentucky’s trio of juniors, who each had one in the Sunday finale.

Kentucky had their fifth-best 54-hole total in program history 863. The Wildcats carded an 861 last month at the Mason Rudolph Championship.

With five more birdies in the final round, Castle penciled in a 2-under-par 70 and was UK’s top finisher in 13th place. With a 73 in the first round and a 69 on Saturday, Castle finished at 212, 4-under par. It marks her second-best collegiate score just a tournament after shooting a 208.

Wenzler enjoyed her best college tournament since her freshman season, tying her 18-hole career-low in Friday’s round with a 69.

Wenzler took five birdies in the first five holes Sunday. She tied for 26th place

Villanueva Aperribay also closed strong in the final round to tie for 29th place at 1-over par.

The Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational is traditionally one of the top stops on the fall collegiate slate, and this year was no different with four teams ranked in the latest WGCA top 15. Kentucky is a two-time winner of the event with championships in 1983 and 1989.

Kentucky will close its fall season in two weeks at the Ally in West Point, Mississippi. UK played in Mississippi State’s home tournament last fall and placed 12th.