Tigers Look to Finish Strong at Evansville Tournament
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Tennessee State women’s golf team completed day one of the final tournament of the fall on Monday. The Tigers finished the day in 14th place in the 15 team field at the third-annual Braun Intercollegiate. The event hosted by the University of Evansville is being played at the par-72, 6,032 yard, Oak Meadow Country Club.
The teams battled extremely windy conditions during the first round, with Indiana State grabbing the team lead with a 22-over, 310. The Tigers are 39 strokes back of the leaders with a 61-over, 349. Sarah Kellem of Northern Kentucky holds the individual lead after shooting a 1-over, 73.
Sarah Needleman is tied for 35th out of 90 golfers, after carding an 11-over, 83. Natalie Spicer (86), Amelia Dap (89), and Kelly Merkel (91) posted scoring marks for TSU. Imani Stingley, playing in her first collegiate event, checked in with a non-scoring, 104.
With five holes remaining on day one, Needleman made a push to record a career low. Needleman converted on a six foot downhill putt to make birdie, after chipping on from 56-yards out on the par-4, 10th. The junior continued her charge three holes later as she hit an 8-iron from the tee box on the par-3, 13th, landing seven feet from the flag. Needleman sank the putt to cut her score to 8-over heading into the final hole. The Fishers, Ind. native would run into trouble on the par-4, 14th, with a triple bogey to enter the clubhouse with a team low 83.
Spicer highlighted her day on the par-5, 2nd. The sophomore used a driver off the tee, finding one of her eight fairways on the day. Spicer followed up with a 4-wood landing three feet short of the green, setting up a chip. The wedge shot rolled up to the cup stopping six inches from the cup, just missing an eagle. Spicer tapped in for her lone birdie of the round.
Dap tried to counter the windy day by using her 3-wood off the tee box on Monday. Dap was able to hit 10-of-14 fairways and seven greens, while averaging two putts per hole.
Merkel struggled early on Monday hitting fifty-percent of her fairways and just seven greens, while averaging over two putts per hole. Merkel converted on up-and-down on No. 4 and No. 7.
The final round is scheduled to begin with a shotgun start at 10:00am on Tuesday morning.