Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team closed out the fall portion of their season by recording the best round as a team at the Braun Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Evansville. The Tigers battled through the fog in the morning and rain in the afternoon to shoot a new school record, 326, at the Par-71, 6,012 yard Quail Crossing Golf Club in Boonville, Ind. The mark is nine strokes better than the previous record, set during the first round of the Murray State Drake Creek Invitational earlier this season.
Kelly Merkel (88-78=166) paced TSU on Tuesday with a 7-over, 78. Merkel hit six fairways and nine greens on her way to cutting 10 strokes off her first round score. The sophomore carded 11 pars on the day, including up-and-downs on 2, 11 and 16.
A day after registering a collegiate best in her young career, Natalie Spicer (82-80=162) duplicated the honor with a 9-over, 80. The new career best came as Spicer used up-and-downs on 6, 7, and 9 to save par and a birdie on the par-3, 8th.
Sarah Needleman (90-83=173) dropped seven strokes from her first round and shot a career low 83. Needleman recorded her previous low two weeks ago at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate when she shot an 86 on day one. On the par-4, 15th, the sophomore executed an up-and-down by dropping a six-foot putt to save par. Needleman hit nine fairways, five greens and used 35 putts during the second round.
Amelia Dap (86-85=171) secured the final scoring round for the Tigers as she hit eight fairways and closed out the day with three consecutive pars. Dap used a great save on the par-3, 5th, as she found the sand, short of the green. The sophomore found her way out of the trap and put her close to save par.
Laura Bremer (88-88=176) shot her second consecutive 88 as she hit 10 fairways and found four greens in regulation, while knocking down one up-and-down. Bremer averaged less than two putts per hole during her non-scoring round.
The Tigers will return to action in the spring at the Murray State Invitational on March 3-4.