NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amelia Dap and Kelly Merkel led the Tennessee State women’s golf team in scoring in a dual versus Lipscomb University on Friday afternoon. Dap carded a 15-over, 87, just ahead of Markel who checked in with a 16-over, 88. The Bison grabbed a 327-361 victory of the 18-hole event at the Par-72, 6,058 yard Harpeth Hills Golf Course.
Lipscomb’s Savanna Schubert led all golfers with a 7-over, 79.
Dap and Merkel each recorded a birdie, combining for two of four the course would surrender on Friday. Dap used a pitching wedge to land a foot from the pin from 68-yards out on her third shot on the par-5, 16th. Merkel found success on the par-4, 12th as her drive found the middle of the fairway. The sophomore used a sand wedge from 80-yards out to set up a 12-foot putt for birdie.
Dap finished the day with seven pars, including three in a row on holes two, three and four.
Merkel used four up-and-downs to register four of her five pars on the day. The par-3, 15th, played as one of the stingier holes on the course as it yielded just one birdie and one par. Merkel hit a knock-down 7-iron off the box that landed pin-high just right of the green. The Columbia, Tenn. product played the slope of the green perfectly as her chip shot landed to the right of the hole and rolled down towards the flag to set-up the three-foot par putt.
Natalie Spicer finished with a 19-over, 91 despite scoring a 50 over the first nine-holes of play. On the eighth hole of the day, the par-5, 17th, Spicer used a one-putt to save par. The freshman would find her stroke over the final nine holes with five of her seven pars for the round. Spicer would save bogey on the par-3, 6th, with a chip-in from 20-yards away.
Laura Bremer entered the clubhouse with a 23-over, 95, including ending play with three consecutive pars as she cut nine strokes off her front-nine score. On the final hole, Bremer chipped from 25-yards away to within a foot of the hole to complete one-of-two up-and-downs.
Sarah Needleman shot a non-scoring 24-over, 96, despite good course management. Needleman finished with three pars as she found seven fairways and used 37 putts.
The Tigers will travel to compete in the 36-hole F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate on Oct. 14-15.
Tennessee State - 361
Amelia Dap – 87 (+15)
Kelly Merkel – 88 (+16)
Natalie Spicer – 91 (+19)
Laura Bremer – 95 (+23)
Sarah Needleman – 96 (+24)
Lipscomb – 327
Savanna Schubert – 79 (+7)
Sami Khan – 81 (+9)
MacKenzy Carter – 81 (+9)
Sabrina Ferreri – 86 (+14)
Sarah McFarlin – 91 (+19)