MURRAY, Ky. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team kicked off tournament play for the spring season on Saturday at the Time Warner Racer Classic. Due to potential inclement weather the tournament moved from Monday and Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday. But that was only the first change, as the teams decided to play both rounds on Saturday to avoid the weather that was predicted to move in sooner than expected.
The six team field played 36 holes at the Par-72, 6,017 yard Miller Memorial Golf Course under mild to cool conditions. Tennessee State fell off the pace in the second round as they finished with a two-round 677. The host squad, Murray State, walked away with the team title with a 600.
Freshman Natalie Spicer led the way for the Tigers shooting a 165 (82-83). Kelly Merkel (85-84=169), Erica Edwards (84-86=170) and Amelia Dap (85-88) scored for TSU in both rounds. Sarah Needleman (192) posted non-scoring marks of 96 in each round, while Laura Bremer competed as an individual and shot an 83 in the first round, followed by an 85 for a 168.
Spicer highlighted the first round on the par-4, 3rd. The freshman hit a 7-iron to within eight feet of the hole, setting up her lone birdie of the day. Spicer picked up nine pars in each round and registered 19 fairways and 16 greens on the day.
Bremer carded the second lowest score for the Tigers on the day behind consistent play. Bremer found 18 of 28 fairways and averaged fewer than two putts a hole. The sophomore-transfer totaled 14 greens in one of her better outings as a Tiger.
Dap picked up a pair of birdies on the day via the long putt. The Murfreesboro native used a lengthy putt on the par-4, 10th to get things going and followed with a 50-foot putt on the par-5, 12th, that found the bottom of the cup for birdies. On the day, Dap hit 14 fairways and found 11 greens.
Needleman struggled a bit on the day, but found some success on the greens averaging less than two putts a hole. On the par-4, 14th, Needleman hit her second shot to within six feet of the flag and knocked down the putt for birdie. The sophomore found 20 fairways over two rounds and picked up three up-and-down pars.
The Tigers are off until they travel to Sevierville, Tenn., to take part in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate on Mar. 17-18.