Nashville, Tenn. --- Tennessee
State University head women's golf coach Chris Seibel has announced that Kelly
Merkel has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play golf for TSU.
Merkel, a native of Columbia,
Tenn., considered several golf offers before committing to Tennessee State,
according to the Columbia Daily Herald.
"For a long time, I have wanted
to play golf at a Division I school," commented Merkel. "I'm really looking
forward to playing for him (Coach Seibel) and continuing my education at Tennessee
Merkel advanced through the
District 8-AAA tournament to the Region 4 tournament four consecutive seasons
at Central High School. She qualified for the TSSAA State as a sophomore
shooting an 82-83-165 at Old Fort (Murfreesboro) and again as a senior when she
placed 10th behind a score of 160 (82-78) at Willowbrook Country Club.
In 2011 she was runner-up to eventual
state champ of Lawrence County in the District 8-AAA tournament. She placed
third in the Region 4 meet at Bear Trace Tims Ford in Winchester.
Central golf coach Chris Lawson
had this to say about Merkel: "Kelly worked extremely hard from a young age to
develop her golf swing. She never missed any practices and was always ready to
work. She showed gradual improvement in the maturity of her game and how she
approached it every year."
Merkel also participated on the
Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour the past two summers in the 15-18
Masters Division and tied for ninth place in the tour's postseason state meet
at the Cookeville Country Club.
Merkel was the low medalist in
the Tennessean Schooldays Tournament at McCabe in Nashville last June,
shooting a 68. She also received the annual Joanne Ramsey award for the Outstanding Female Athlete at Central and made All-District 8-AAA in softball for three consecutive years.
"Kelly will be a great leader for
the women's golf program," said head TSU Chris Seibel. "She has proven that she
can shoot low rounds and compete with other girls. I am excited to bring her in
to start building this program to a competitive level in the OVC. I am glad to keep a good player like
her in the Nashville area. She will be a top player in the OVC the next four
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