NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team closed out play on Monday at the ASU Fall Golf Classic. The Tigers shot a 344 during the final round at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill in Prattville, Ala.
The host Hornets grabbed the team title and the individual medalist. Chanelle Avaricio finished with an Even, 144. Kelly Merkel led the Tigers with an 8-over, 80 on day two to post a 165 and a 12th place finish.
Merkel took advantage of the par-3’s over the two days, as she played Even over the eight holes. Merkel tied Avaricio for second best score on the holes, only behind Sydney Wolfolk (Savannah State) who shot 2-under.
The junior recorded back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 during the second round. Merkel used a chip-in on 15 before stepping to the tee box on 16. The Columbia, Tenn. native used a 9-iron and stuck the tee shot six feet from the pin to set up the birdie putt.
Sarah Needleman recorded a career best 36-hole tournament with an 83 on Monday for a 168. Needleman hit 12 fairways on Monday finishing with 22 of 28 for the weekend.
After a non-scoring round on Sunday, Laura Bremer carded the third lowest round of the day for the Tigers. Bremer hit eight fairways and eight greens on her way to an 88 on Monday. Natalie Spicer recorded the final qualifying score for TSU with a 93.
Amelia Dap shot a non-scoring 95, while Imani Stingley posted a 94 playing as an individual. Dap highlighted her final round with a long uphill putt on the par-3, 13th, to save par, while Stingley used seven fairways and five greens to cut 10 strokes off her day one total.
The Tigers continue the season on Sept. 8 and 9 at the Drake Creek Invitational. The Murray State hosted event will consist of 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday.