Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team finished play in the 2013 Big Blue Intercollegiate at the General's Retreat Course at Hermitage Golf Club. The course is a Par-72, 5,954 yards and was played under overcast skies with a stronger breeze despite being 76 degrees.
TSU finished third in the D-I division with a team score of 749 (381-368). Amelia Dap used five pars and a birdie over the middle seven holes to record a team best 10-over, 82. Kelly Merkel finished the round with a 13-over, 85. Sarah Needleman carded a 97 and was followed by Chelsea Marlin at 104.
Dap (93-82=175) only found six fairways on a successful day, but targeted 11 greens as she finished the second round with seven pars and a birdie. On the par-4, 6th, Dap’s tee shot found the lip of a bunker where she had to take her second shot with one foot in the trap. She used a full swing with an 8-iron to find the green allowing her to two-putt for par. Dap found the fairway on the par-4, 10th, that left her 165-yards from the green. The redshirt freshman used a hybrid into the wind, landing eight feet from the pin, setting up a downhill putt for her first birdie of the season.
Merkel (86-85=171) stayed consistent to her game from day one as she cut one stroke off her previous day. Merkel was able to find seven fairways and six greens as she shot nine pars over the final round. The freshman solidified her day with six pars over a seven-hole stretch, as well as three in a row starting at the par-5, 11th. She highlighted her day with a pair of up-and-downs on the par-3, 3rd and the par-4, 4th.
Needleman (93-97=190) was delivering her longest drives of her first season as she found eight fairways and three greens for four pars over the final 18 holes. Despite struggling on the greens she used one-putts on the first and third holes to save pars.
Marlin (109-104=213) improved her day by five strokes from round one with stronger drives helping her find nine fairways and two greens on Tuesday. On the par-3, 13th, Marlin chipped from 40-yards away that rolled just by the hole leaving her eight feet from the pin. Her par putt stopped just short leaving her with an easy tap in for bogey.
The Tigers are off until they compete in the Ohio Valley Conference Championships on April 21-23 at Greystone Golf Club in Dickson, Tenn.