Spicer Places Fourth at Big Blue Invitational
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Natalie Spicer shot a career and team season low on Monday at the Big Blue Invitational. Spicer placed fourth in a field of 23 as she posted a 5-over, 77 on the par-72, 5,853 yard, Hermitage Golf Course. The 77 is the lowest score by a Tiger since 2011.
Spicer carded 11 pars, the second highest amount of the tournament, leading to a 1-over on the back nine. The freshman drained a 10-foot putt on the par-5, 8th, for birdie. Spicer finished the round hitting13-of-14 fairways, five greens, eight up-and-downs and 27 putts.
Miriam Parker claimed individual honors with a 1-over, 73, as she guided Lipscomb to the team title with a 28-over, 316. The Tigers finished fourth with a 40-over, 328, and missed out of third by two strokes. TSU led all teams in par-3 scoring as they shot a 7-over.
Erica Edwards recorded the second best scoring on the four par-3’s by shooting even. Spicer and Laura Bremer each shot 1-over, while Kelly Merkel and Amelia Dap each shot 2-over.
Only three players knocked down more birdies (3) than Edwards, who posted two birdies, to go along with eight pars on her way to a 9-over, 81. The freshman went 1-under on a pair of tap in putts, the par-4, 10th, and the par-4, 15th, both. On the day, Edwards hit 11-of-14 fairways, reached eight greens in regulation and used 31 putts.
Merkel followed Edwards on the scoreboard with an 11-over, 83, by picking up nine pars. Merkel averaged two putts per hole and tallied nine fairways and seven greens in regulation.
Sarah Needleman shot an 87 to post the final countable score for the Tigers. The sophomore found success on the par-5’s shooting 3-over on the four holes. Needleman was able to find seven greens and hit 10-of-14 fairways.
Bremer hit 37 putts, eight fairways and three greens on her way to posting a non-counting 88.
After a pair of bogey’s to open play, Dap pared the next five holes. The red-shirt sophomore highlighted the run on the par-3, 5th, as she hit a hybrid into the wind from 180 out to set up a two-putt for par.
The Tigers are back in action on Mar. 31-Apr. 1 at the Western Kentucky Intercollegiate. Day one will consist of 36-holes and will be followed by the final round of 18 on day two. The trip to Bowling Green, Ky., will be the final event before the Ohio Valley Conference Championships.