Tigers Battle Wind, 10th After Day One
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – After a three week layoff the Tennessee State women’s golf team returned to the links on Monday at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate. The first round was pushed back an hour due to overnight rains at the Par-72, 5,960-yard, Clarksville Country Club. The field dealt with high gusts and overcast skies throughout the day.
“I was pleased with the way we battled through the round and dealt with the wind,” Head Coach Parrish McGrath said. “We opened the season hitting the ball pretty well and I was hoping we could pick up right where we left off. It will be important for us to get back into a grove tomorrow.”
The Tigers shot a 54-over, 342 on Monday and are eight strokes behind ninth place Lipscomb (46-over, 334). Belmont and Murray State are tied for the team lead at 13-over, 301.
Whitney Robertson of Tennessee Tech is the individual leader at Even, 72. Natalie Spicer led the Tigers with an 11-over, 83, one stroke ahead of Kelly Merkel. Amelia Dap shot an 86, while Sarah Needleman carded an 89.
Imani Stingley, playing as an individual, recorded a 94. Laura Bremer had to withdraw from day one competition after seven holes.
Spicer found success in her chipping and putting over the first 18 holes. The sophomore recorded four up-and-downs to save par on the day and needed just one putt on eight holes. On the par-3, 12th, Spicer hit a 6-iron off the tee box to within eight feet to set up one of her one-putts to record a birdie.
Merkel hit eight fairways and eight greens on Monday, while using 37 putts. The junior pushed her drive right on the par-4, 10th. Her recovery shot, from out of the trees, landed 15-yards in front of the green. Merkel chipped on and needed one-putt from eight feet for an up-and-down to save par.
Dap carded two birdies on day one of the two day event. The redshirt-junior notched her first birdie on the par-3, 17th, as she hit an 8-iron off the box to three feet to set up the makeable putt. On the par-4, 6th, Dap hit her driver into the fairway setting up an uphill shot. The Murfreesboro product clubbed up to hit a 7-iron into the wind and stuck it two feet from hole for a tap in putt. Dap finished the day with 12 fairways, six greens and 33 putts.
Stingley powered her first shot on No. 6 which and hit the cart path and received a favorable bounce for an extra 20 yards. The freshman followed with a wedge shot from 80 yards out to 10 feet from the pin. Stingley converted on a left-to-right break putt for birdie.
On the day, Needleman was able to hit nine fairways, six greens, and averaged two putts per hole.
The final round is set for a 9:00am shotgun start on Tuesday morning.