Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team will enter the final round of the Ohio Valley Conference Championships looking to improve on day two. The second round was played under mostly sunny skies and 70 degrees at the Par-72, 5,964 yard GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson, Tenn.
The Tigers remained in 10th place after shooting a team score of 396. Kelly Merkel continues to lead as she tied her career best round with a 79. Amelia Dap was able to cut four strokes off her first round and shot an 88. Sarah Needleman came in with a 103 and Chelsea Marlin at 126.
Merkel (85-79=164) dropped 12 pars as she hit nine fairways and eight greens on her way to a 7-over on the day. After hitting her approach shot short onto a steep uphill slope on the par-4, 5th, Merkel chipped on and made a six-foot putt to save par. The Columbia product closed out the day with a par on the par-4, 18th. Merkel drove a 3-wood off the tee and used a 4-iron to just off the green to within 10-yards for an up and down to set up a one-putt.
After a bogey to start the day, Dap (92-88=180) seemed to be in trouble on the par-5, 2nd as she missed the fairway off the tee. Dap used a 6-iron to the center of the fairway and chipped onto the green setting up a two-putt to make par. The Murfreesboro native drove the fairway on the par-5, 9th and followed with a 3-wood to 100-yards out. Dap overshot her third shot that landed just off the green on the backside. The redshirt-freshman chipped to within four feet of the hole giving her a one-putt to save par. On the day, Dap hit nine fairways and three greens.
Needleman (95-103=198) shot even on the par-5, 2nd and a pair of par-3’s, the 6th and the 16th. The Fishers, Ind. native highlighted her day with a bogey on the par-5, 12th. Needleman found herself out of bounds off the tee box, but used a wedge shot from 45-yards out to put herself in position to putt to save bogey. Marlin (109-126=235) found her most success on holes five through seven. The freshman just missed par putts on five and seven, but was able to make par on the par-3, 6th.
The final day of the OVC Championships will begin with Marlin teeing off at 8:00 am and followed by Needleman at 8:10 am, Dap at 8:20 am, and Merkel at 8:30 am.