Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team finished the 2013 season in tenth place at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships. The third round was played with strong gusts at times under mostly sunny skies and 75 degrees on the Par-72, 5,964 yard GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson, Tenn.
“I was very proud of the effort put in by our Women's team for the OVC,” said head coach Parrish McGrath. “All our players have been undergoing significant swing modifications to help us be more competitive. Our most dramatic swing improvement has been made by Sarah Needleman who is hitting her tee shots 50-75 yards farther than before and has picked up distance on her irons as well. Amelia Dap has been working on a few adjustments to her set up as well as a more restrictive putting stroke. Kelly Merkel had a taste of what it will be like to be in the mix in the OVC next year by shooting a 79 on day two. Chelsea Marlin is hitting her irons better than ever and like Sarah is learning the new distances better ball striking will provide.”
Merkel (85-79-92=256) recorded seven pars on the day, including five on the front nine. Merkel tied for 38th in her first season of competition. Dap (92-88-92=272) opened the day with four consecutive pars, including a made putt from 25-feet out on the par-5, 2nd. Dap added three more pars over the final round, while hitting eight fairways and seven greens.
Needleman (95-103-97=295) recorded four pars on a day where she drove well off the tees. The freshman ran into trouble numerous times as she found the greens on the fly, but was not able to stay on the putting surface.
Marlin (109-126-109=344) saw improvement with her all-around game from day two. Marlin was able to find 12 fairways over the final 18 holes on the tournament. The freshman highlighted her round on the par-3, 16th. Her tee shot stayed pin high just three feet off the green and 20 feet from the pin. Marlin would putt from the fringe just missing a birdie as the ball rolled to within 3 inches of the hole. The Hickman native tapped in for par.
“All in all, I wanted this spring to give each golfer a better understanding of what they need to work on over the summer to improve and be more competitive and we have done that,” McGrath said.